When Nabi Tajima was born, there was no such thing as an electric traffic light, a radio, a television, or a handheld calculator.
By the time the first Japanese bomber appeared over Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, tensions between Japan and the United States had been mounting for the better part of a decade, making war seem inevitable.
The Los Alamos Historical Museum halted a Japanese exhibition on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki because of a controversy over its message of abolishing nuclear weapons.
Between 1910 and 1945, Japan worked to wipe out Korean culture, language and history.
Between 1932 and 1945, Japan forced women from Korea, China and other occupied countries to become military prostitutes.
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Japan’s parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to abdicate his throne, while leaving open the long-running question of whether to allow women to reign.