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Global Perceptions of WWII: Japan

While the German Reich surrendered on May 8, 1945, thus ending World War II in Europe, the war in the Pacific was not yet over. It only ended after the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August 1945, forcing Japan to surrender in September of the same year. In Europe little is known about this war in the Pacific. In recent years, global historians have repeatedly pointed out that World War II began in 1937 with the Japanese invasion of China. In this issue of histoTALK, historians Yukiko Koshiro (Nihon University, Tokyo) and Torsten Weber (German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo) will talk about the history of the war in the Pacific and how Japan deals with this history.