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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 »

Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary of US atomic bombing

People listen to chorus during a ceremony in front of the Statue of Peace at Nagasaki Peace Park to mark the 69th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack, in Nagasaki, southern Japan Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Tens of thousands marked the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Saturday, as the city’s pacifist mayor urged the Japanese government to listen to increasing concerns over controversial plans to expand the role of its military.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Japan marks 69th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Japan Hiroshima Anniversary

Japan is marking the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and Mayor Kazumi Matsui called on U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to visit the city to see the scars of the atomic bombing first hand.

Posted: August 6th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

World War II bomb unearthed at church compound in Manila

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A World War II-era explosive device was unearthed at the compound of St. Jude Catholic Church in Malacañang Park, Manila, Monday afternoon.

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

Did you know: The Manila Hotel

The Manila Hotel was inaugurated and officially opened on July 4, 1912. During World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur made the hotel his command post. Manila Hotel was extensively remodeled in 1976 and reopened in 1977. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research    

Posted: July 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »