History Stories
The 19th Century’s Last Survivor Is Dead at 117
April 23, 2018

When Nabi Tajima was born, there was no such thing as an electric traffic light, a radio, a television, or a handheld calculator. Read More

Why Did Japan Attack Pearl Harbor?
April 10, 2018

By the time the first Japanese bomber appeared over Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, tensions between Japan and the United States had been mounting for the better part of a decade, making war seem inevitable. Read More

Museums Still Can’t Agree on How to Talk About the 1945 Atomic Bombing of Japan
April 4, 2018

The Los Alamos Historical Museum halted a Japanese exhibition on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki because of a controversy over its message of abolishing nuclear weapons. Read More

How Japan Took Control of Korea
February 27, 2018

Between 1910 and 1945, Japan worked to wipe out Korean culture, language and history. Read More

The Brutal History of Japan’s ‘Comfort Women’
February 20, 2018

Between 1932 and 1945, Japan forced women from Korea, China and other occupied countries to become military prostitutes. Read More

The Coolest Historical Discoveries of 2017
December 12, 2017

Here are the 15 most intriguing finds of the year. Read More

Financial Fads That Give Bitcoin a Run For Its Money
December 11, 2017

Could the bitcoin bubble burst like other investment crazes before it? Read More

Why the World’s Oldest Hereditary Monarchy Just Allowed the Emperor to Resign
June 9, 2017

Japan’s parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to abdicate his throne, while leaving open the long-running question of whether to allow women to reign. Read More

The Man Who Survived Two Atomic Bombs
August 7, 2015

Some 260,000 people survived the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, but Japanese engineer Tsutomu Yamaguchi was one of the very few who endured the horror of both blasts and lived to the tell the tale. Read More

Attack of Japan’s Killer WWII Balloons, 70 Years Ago
May 5, 2015

Japan’s bizarre WWII plan to bomb the continental U.S. by high-altitude balloons claimed its first and only victims, an Oregon church group, 70 years ago. Read More