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Who Is This Japanese Soldier Who Refused to Surrender Even After WWII?

World War II might have ended in 1945, but the loyal Imperial Japanese Army officer, Hiroo Onoda (小野田寛郎), refused to surrender. He was a veteran soldier who fought with his army against the Americans and who was greatly heralded for his loyalty, obedience, and perseverance throughout his mission. He died in January of 2014 in…

Who Was “Tokyo Rose” of the WWII Radio Program for American Soldiers?

In the dark days of the Pacific War during the epic struggle of civilizations that was WWII, many American sailors and Marines would turn on their radios to listen to the dulcet tones of a program they were not allowed to listen to called “Zero Hour (ゼロ・アワー)”. This blacklisted station would play all of the…

Japan’s Ultra Secret World War II Super Weapon: Balloons

The world’s first intercontinental weapons system (meaning that it was a weapon that could be launched from one continent and reach another) was first used in World War II. This weapon system carried its payload for over 5,000 miles (8,000 km). This would be the world record for nearly 50 years. You might think that…

Behind the Constitution: 3 Reasons For and Against Japan’s Rearmament

After the end of World War II, and under occupation by a foreign military, Japan wrote a new constitution. One of the most controversial parts of the new constitution is Article 9 which states: “ARTICLE 9. (1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as…

How Powerful Is Japan?

Japan is an archipelago consisting of nearly 4000 islands in the North Pacific region of Far-East Asia. If you think Japan is a small country with limited resources, strength and economy, you are mistaken. With an area larger than Germany and almost equivalent to California, it is certainly not an island group that can be…