On September 3, 2015, China hosted a massive military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Tokyo's defeat in the second world war, as well as the broader defeat of the Axis powers led at the time by Germany. Tokyo's wartime record is a sensitive issue for Asian neighbours, which have been seeking contrition for past aggression - some of which Japan has disputed or denied. Japan occupied parts of China from the 1930s until the end of the second world war, and Beijing says millions died as imperial Japanese troops stormed across Asia. Japan signed the official instrument of surrender on September 2, 1945.
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Cabinet member Seiichi Eto pays his respects to the nation’s war dead at site seen abroad as symbol of Japan’s past militarism.
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Inspired by the recovery of her grandfather’s ‘Yosegaki Hinomaru’ flag, a woman and her husband have since helped send scores of second world war flags home to loved ones.
It is politically unrealistic for the mainland and Taiwan to jointly write an official history of their resistance against Japanese invasion, three academics said on Tuesday at a forum to mark the 70th anniversary of China’s liberation from the island nation during the second world war.
The impressive military parade that was the centrepiece of events in Beijing yesterday marking the 70th anniversary of Japan's second world war defeat was replete with meaning.
China pledged to be a guarantor of postwar peace and order and downsize its armed forces during Thursday’s grand parade – downplaying concerns over how Beijing will apply its military muscle.
The military parade on Thursday means more than commemorating a victory 70 years ago.