World War II

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…

Did You Know That Japan Had Its Own Nuclear Weapons Program?

Many years ago, I attended an anti-nuclear assembly in Wakayama, Japan. This was in about 2007 or 2008, well before the March 11, 2011 earthquake that would shut down the country’s entire nuclear power program. The speaker was very much against nuclear power and nuclear development of any kind. Her speech was rather self-congratulatory as…

Kuril Islands Dispute: Is the Russo-Japanese Relationship in a Deadlock?

Ever since the World War II ended, Japan-Russia relations have not seen any progress. There is a love-hate relationship between these two countries for about seventy years. Will the situation change? Can Russia and Japan keep their past aside? sputniknews.com/ Kuril Islands bbc.com/ The Kuril Islands are a group of islands that form an archipelago…

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…

The Real Truth Nobody Ever Told You About the Attack on Pearl Harbor

All of us know the story of Pearl Harbor. America was isolationist and wanted nothing to do with the World War II that was raging in Europe. Japan and Germany were working hand in hand to spread throughout their respective spheres of influence. A small part of the Japanese government, knowing that America was their…

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…