Remembering the ‘Indianapolis’ and the Worst Disaster in US Navy’s History

  In July 1945, the submarine I58 left the Hirao base in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, carrying manned suicide torpedoes called Kaiten—Japan for “Return to Heaven.” Late at night on July 29th that year, it spotted the silhouette of a large warship. Six torpedoes were launched. Three struck the target.     It was only after […]

There’s More to the Pacific Aviation Museum than Pearl Harbor and World War II

    After the United States military had learned of the Nishikaichi incident, Army Lt. Jack Armstrong of the 740th Ordnance Company was sent to Niihau to dispose of the Zero fighter’s unexploded bombs, as well as to provide Shigenori Nishikaichi with a funeral in accordance with military protocol. While tending to Nishikaichi’s body, Armstrong […]

‘Battleship Island’: Korean Film on Wartime Laborers Criticized for Being ‘Divorced from Reality’

  Criticism of the Korean film Battleship Island (directed by Ryoo Seung-wan) has been increasing. The film is set on the coal mine on Hashima Island, which is part of the city of Nagasaki. The island itself is popularly known as “Battleship Island” because of its resemblance to a battleship when viewed from a distance. […]

‘Apologies Are Over’: Pearl Harbor Changes Views on US-Japan Relations

  When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Pearl Harbor, Daniel Martinez was his official host and guide. Martinez, the chief historian at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, remembers that Abe was particularly impressed by a plaque at the entrance to the museum.   Completely redone in 2010 under Martinez’ […]

Will More War Flags Return Home? Japanese Americans Working to Retrieve Items From US Veterans

  On August 15th, the 72nd anniversary of the end of the war, former United States marine Marvin Strombo, 93, returned a Japanese “Good-luck” flag found on the battlefields of Saipan to a bereaved family in Gifu Prefecture.     Speaking at a press conference, Strombo, who hails from the western state of Montana, said: […]