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The War and Its Aftermath

World War II came to an end in 1945, more than seven decades ago, but it continues to exert an influence on world events today. What does this teach us about the process of reconciliation, and how can we prevent an outbreak of another global tragedy?

Siberian Colors: Japanese Artist Kazuki Yasuo’s Legacy of HopeYorozuya Kenji

In the wake of Japan’s defeat in World War II, artist Kazuki Yasuo spent nearly two years as a prisoner in Soviet labor camps in Siberia. After returning home, he spent the remaining decades of his life depicting the horrors of war and internment. His 57-piece Siberia Series, a haunting collection of Western-style oil paintings, remains a powerful record of conflict and the human spirit.
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Preserving the Hibakusha Legacy: Project in Hiroshima Aims to Keep Testimonies of Atomic Bomb Survivors AliveMasuda Miki

As the hibakusha population dwindles, we move closer to a time when no victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima will be alive to share their stories of loss and suffering. To keep these accounts alive, Hiroshima has begun a project to train successors to pass down the experiences of A-bomb survivors.
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Museum of the Fallen Art Students: A Tribute to Dreams Cut Short

The student mobilization of 1943 sent thousands of young men off to die in the war effort, including many aspiring painters. In 1997, a Tokyo entrepreneur built a museum to preserve and display the works of those fallen art students. We traveled to Ueda in Nagano Prefecture to visit the Mugonkan on the eve of its twentieth anniversary and talk to 75-year-old founder and director Kuboshima Seiichirō.
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A Blessed Life: Taiwanese Soldier Who Fought for Japan Recounts His “Good Fortunes”

During World War II, many foreign nationals fought as members of the Japanese Imperial Army, including 200,000 from Taiwan, which Japan ruled at the time. One of them was Go Masao, now 89 years old, who lectures widely to young people on his unique experiences during and long after the war.
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Honoring Enemy POWs: A Grassroots Initiative

For the past two decades, a memorial service has been held each year for Allied prisoners of war who died in Japan. The organizers of this event, held at a war cemetery in Yokohama, are private Japanese citizens. What motivates them to remember and honor their erstwhile enemies?
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