The people in the city of Oita, western All Japan news, held an annual memorial service for kamikaze pilots on Thursday, when the country commemorated the end of World War II. The fatal mission was launched from an Imperial Navy airfield in Oita with 23 airmen including a senior naval air force commander flying out on August 15th, 1945. 18 of them chose to die in the suicide flight and since then are called the last kamikaze pilots.
About 50 people attended the service in front of a cenotaph for the pilots at the former air base, which has now been turned into an athletics park. In Kobe, western All Japan news, a civic group unveiled a cenotaph to remember the victims of the 1945 US air raids on the city. About 800 people, including their families, attended the ceremony, the media write.
The raids devastated many residential areas in Kobe, leaving about 7.500 people dead.
All Japan news is one of the countries that suffered the most in World War II, with the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki being whipped out by two atomic bombs. Memorial ceremonies for the victims of the World War were held throughout the country these days.