Japanese occupation - updates

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Japan 75 years after Leyte landing: ‘Avoid war, value peace’

Oct 20, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Japan attends the 75th anniversary of the event that led to the end of their occupation of the Philippines during World War II

VETERANS. Filipino veterans attend the 75th anniversary of MacArthur landing on the Leyte gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Japan’s discomfort with history and the PH dilemma

Dec 30, 2017 - 11:07 PM

Japan should just allow the Filipinos the liberty to commemorate their history the way they want to, while it continues to do some soul-searching on how to come to terms with its own past

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LOOK BACK: 75th anniversary of the Philippine Executive Commission

Jan 23, 2017 - 3:25 PM

During the Japanese occupation the Philippine Executive Commission was established with Jorge Vargas as its first chairman

THE JAPANESE YEARS. Philippine Executive Commission Chairman Jorge B. Vargas speaks to the Kalibapi in the presence of Lt. Gen. Shigenori Kuroda and Speaker Benigno S. Aquino, in the old Senate Session Hall in the Legislative Building, Manila. Photo from the Presidential Museum and Library

Akihito visits Japanese troop shrine in Philippines

Jan 29, 2016 - 4:12 PM

UPDATED Akihito has made honoring Japanese and non Japanese who died in World War II a touchstone of his near 3 decade reign

HONOR. Japan's Emperor Akihito (R) with Empress Michiko (L) offer flowers at a monument where thousands of fallen WWII Japanese soldiers are buried, during a ceremony on a mountain top in the town of Lumban, Laguna province, Philippines, January 29, 2016. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Emperor Akihito: Japan 'must never forget' Filipino deaths of WWII

Jan 27, 2016 - 10:30 PM

This is something we Japanese must never forget and we intend to keep this engraved in our hearts throughout our visit the emperor says in his speech

Photo by RTVM

Class and the politics of memory in post-war Asia

Aug 25, 2015 - 7:45 PM

Is it a coincidence that Aquino the grandson of a despised Filipino collaborator has become one of the most enthusiastic backers of the aggressive effort to dismantle Japan’s Peace Constitution by the grandson of a Class A war criminal?

UP’s gangland wars: A historical note

Jun 27, 2015 - 11:00 AM

A 1950 investigation of a hazing death suggests that rumbles became part of the fraternity routine after World War II There was general consensus within UP that the violence of the Japanese Occupation and the American Liberation Destruction of Manila took its toll on UP students

Return, beloved: 'Katy! The Musical'

Jul 30, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Katy The Musical evokes her era not only through costumes music and narrative but also in its highly mannered delivery

QUEEN OF BODABIL. Isay Alvarez as Katy de la Cruz. Photo courtesy of Rome Jorge

Comfort women: 'Hustisya para sa mga lola'

Jul 27, 2013 - 9:12 PM

President Aquino suggests the Philippines has moved on from its historic conflict with Japan but comfort women say they have not

#PugadBaboy: Mga bansang mananakop punchline 3

Jul 02, 2013 - 5:00 AM

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Memories of a grandfather I never knew

May 27, 2013 - 3:00 PM

I never got to know my grandfather because he was tortured and killed by the Japanese secret police in 1944

Love in the time of war and peace

Feb 16, 2013 - 9:19 AM

He was a messenger for the guerrillas during World War II and she a comfort woman

THE HEALING POWER OF LOVE. This is embodied in the story of Anaceto Claveria and his wife, Narcisa. Photo by Pia Ranada