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75 years ago, US troops threw the Japanese off North American soil in a frigid, ‘forgotten’ World War II battle

The fighting on the frigid and windswept Attu Island was the only battle in North American during World War II, and even though the brutal fighting has faded from the collective memory, the US troops who were there remember it all too vividly.
Members of the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, Japan's first marine unit since World War Two, at a ceremony activating the brigade at JGSDF's Camp Ainoura in Sasebo, on the southwest island of Kyushu, April 7, 2018.

Japan activated an elite marine unit for the first time since World War II to counter China — and it’s getting ready for its first naval e...

The decision to reactivate the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade was a contentious one, as it gave Japan's Self-Defense Force the ability to land in enemy territory. Such concerns are balanced against worries over China's increasingly assertive actions in the region.
Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy

China ‘prepares for battles’ against US, Japanese missiles in tense East China Sea

Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy ships drilled in the East China Sea over the weekend, practicing honing its skills and countering missile threats from rivals like Japan, the US, and other potential combatants.

People are cooking meals on their cars to make a point about Japan’s hottest summer in a century

A photo of plastic drink displays in a cafe melting in the heatwave has been retweeted hundreds of times by Japanese Twitter users.

This rare color photo shows the horrific destruction of the US nuking Nagasaki

The bomb instantly killed an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 people (the exact death toll is unknown), and led Emperor Hirohito to announce Japan's unconditional surrender on August 15th.
Elderly and middle-aged people exercise with wooden dumbbells during a health promotion event to mark Japan's "Respect for the Aged Day" at a temple in Tokyo's Sugamo district, an area popular among the Japanese elderly, Japan, September 18, 2017.

10 countries at risk of becoming demographic time bombs

Countries need fertility rates of 2.2 children per woman to maintain a stable population, but the birth rates of countries like South Korea and the United States have fallen below 2.
The 8,200-ton, 170-meter--long destroyers are equipped with the Aegis Baseline J7 combat system. (

Beijing’s response to Japan’s new destroyer shows its authoritarian endgame in the South China Sea

Since World War II, the US, particularly the US Navy, has enforced free and open seas and a rules-based world order. This order, imposed at a massive cost to the US, has enriched the world and specifically China by enforcing safe shipping in open waters.
FC Tokyo didn't want to disappoint fans who had come to see their team play the Spanish superstar, so the club figured out a makeshift solution.

FC Tokyo hires Iniesta impersonator after learning the Spanish star will miss match against them in front of their first sell-out crowd in 3 years

FC Tokyo didn't want to disappoint fans who had come to see their team play the Spanish superstar, so the club figured out a makeshift solution.
The A-bomb Dome, which survived the 1945 atomic bombing on Hiroshima.

Here’s what Hiroshima looks like today — and how the effects of the bombing still linger

Hiroshima today looks completely different than it did 73 years ago. On August 6, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima that destroyed most of the city and killed 80,000 citizens instantly. Today, Hiroshima is a bustling manufacturing hub with a population of 1.1 million people.

UK foreign secretary accidentally referred to his Chinese wife as Japanese on his first trip to China

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt made an awkward faux pas during his first trip to China when he accidentally referred to his wife Lucia Guo, who is Chinese, as Japanese. Hunt is in China seeking stronger ties between Britain and China ahead of Britain's impending exit from the EU next year.