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Japan’s Kamikaze pilots say war horrors lost on young

This photo taken on August 7, 2014 shows a replica of a rocket-powered kamikaze attack plane "Oka," ("Cherry Blossom"), displayed at a park beside the former Imperial Navy air base in Kashima, Ibaraki prefecture, where Oka pilots trained. The six-meter (20-foot) aircraft were more like flying bombs, powered by short-lasting engines that would run just long enough to send them spiraling into enemy ships.   AFP

It was only Tokyo’s surrender on August 15, 1945, that saved him from the fate of thousands whose suicide missions came to define Japan’s unrelenting pursuit of victory in the closing stages of World War II. But as the 91-year-old faces his own mortality again, he worries that a rightward political shift under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, [...]

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Japan to call for summit with China’s Xi at Apec

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raises his hand as he addresses the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. AP

Japan yesterday called for summit talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a regional meeting in Beijing later this year, as diplomatic tensions sour relations between the neighbors.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan PM says door always open for China talks

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raises his hand as he addresses the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. AP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has played down recent tensions with neighbour China, saying the countries were “inextricably linked” and his door was always open for dialogue.

Posted: July 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Palace spends P8.8M for Aquino’s one-day Japan trip

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, left, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a joint news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. AP

Malacañang said the government spent P8.8 million for President Benigno Aquino III’s one-day trip to Japan on Tuesday.

Posted: June 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sushi diplomacy doesn’t work on Obama, Japanese rue

Cartoon, April 27, 2014

US President Barack Obama was all about business even at a special sushi dinner in Tokyo, which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wanted to use as a bonding opportunity, reports said on Saturday.

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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