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Ohka squadron waiting to sortie.
Betty bomber in background has
ohka suspended underneath.

 

Several large Japanese web sites on special attack forces sponsor message boards that have many thoughtful comments on a wide variety of topics. The message boards have the most activity around August 15, the anniversary of Japan's surrender. Also, postings increased sharply after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, as many people gave their opinions about those suicide attacks in comparison with the suicide attacks made by Japan's special attack forces in World War II.

The following three Japanese message boards have the most postings:

Only the first message board has English postings, which make up about 10% of the total. Outside of Japan there are no kamikaze-related message boards and almost no kamikaze-related postings on other message boards.

Many types of people post messages on the three message boards listed above. These include students doing research, persons with relatives who served in the military during World War II, and recent visitors to kamikaze-related museums. The coordinators of the above message boards actively participate in the postings by answering questions and providing opinions. Book authors and former special attack force members also regularly post messages.

Postings cover a wide range of topics. Since the four message boards are connected with web sites, many comments relate to site contents. Message writers frequently mention how the letters or stories on the sites moved them to tears. Person who write opinions about kamikaze pilots generally regard them as courageous young men who died to defend their homeland and families. Many postings comment on broader topics related to World War II, such as views regarding the Nanking Massacre. The two museums most frequently mentioned in postings are the Yasukuni Jinja Yushukan and the Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots. The author most frequently mentioned is Yoshinori Kobayashi, a right-wing nationalist who has written several popular manga books such as three volumes of Sensouron (On War).

The message board named Tokkou (Special Attack Forces), sponsored by Tokkotai Commemoration Peace Memorial Association, used to have many postings. However, due to hate postings and spam postings, the organization discontinued the original message board and does not publish the prior postings. There are still a few postings at the new URL for the message board.