Japan

The Japanese “Kill 100 People with Sword” Contest in 1937

It’s one of the lesser known facts of history but did you know that in 1937, two Japanese officers named Toshiaki Mukai and Tsuyoshi Noda held a contest over who was the first to succeed in killing a 100 people with his sword (Magoroku)? Mukai and Noda were both two young second lieutenants in the Katagiri Regiment’s Toyama Battalion and …

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Tsutomu Yamaguchi in 2009 (Credits: Justin McCurry via Wikipedia)

Tsutomu Yamaguchi: Survivor of two Atomic Bombs

On August 9, 1945 a Boeing B-29 Superfortress nicknamed “Bockscar”, piloted by Major Charles Sweeney, took off from Tinian’s North Field just before dawn around, carrying a plutonium bomb nicknamed “Fat Man”. Its initial target being the Japanese town of Kokura but after reaching the city, both pilots of the B-29 “Big Stink” – which accompanied the …

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Musashi Expedition – 2 hour TOUR

Paul G. Allen and his research team broadcasted a live-stream tour of the wreckage of the Japanese battleship Musashi, one of the most renowned and technologically advanced battleships in history. Commissioned in 1942, the Musashi was the largest battleship in naval history, weighing in at 73,000 tons fully loaded. It featured eighteen-inch armor plating and was armed …

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Video sheds light on sinking of the Musashi

Debris scattered over a large area at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines indicate that the massive Japanese World War II battleship Musashi was blown into pieces in an undersea explosion 70 years ago. “The wreck is actually very damaged,” said David Mearns, a marine scientist on the Musashi research team. “It appears she …

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The Battle of Iwo Jima In Remembrance with Photographs

The Battle of Iwo Jima that started on 19 February until 26 March 1945, codename Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces to capture the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire during World War II. It had the goal of capturing the entire island, along with its three airfields, to provide …

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