Senri Nagasue, former kamikaze pilot who is webmaster
for one of largest Japanese sites about kamikaze
The Internet has much information on kamikaze and other types of special
attack corps that carried out suicide attacks near the end of World War II.
However, most of this information is found on Japanese web sites. Although
difficult to estimate, there is probably about 20 times more information
in Japanese than in English. The Japanese web site Kaiten
Special Attack Corps has many pages translated to English.
Another Japanese site has my English translations of several
of Bereaved Families
with relatives in the Kamikaze Corps who died during World War II.
Other than these three sites, many individual English web pages about kamikaze
have been published on the Internet, but no non-Japanese web site other than
this one focuses on Japanese kamikaze.
Three Japanese sites on special attack
corps each contain several hundred web pages: Aozora no hateni (To the blue sky's end),
Junkoku no ishibumi (War
Monuments), and Kaiten Tokkoutai (Kaiten Special Attack
Corps). These sites contain many historical photos and much
information not found elsewhere on the Internet. The webmaster for the first
site is a former kamikaze pilot who survived the war, and the webmasters for the
other two sites each has a father who was a member of the Kaiten (manned
torpedo) Special Attack Corps.
English-language information about kamikaze on the Internet is widely
dispersed. Individual articles about veterans who experienced or observed
kamikaze attacks are published on the Internet from time to time. Also, some
kamikaze-related information can be found on web sites on American ships that
got hit by kamikaze planes. An example of this type of site is Air Group 4 - "Casablanca to Tokyo".
The Links page lists several English and
Japanese web sites and pages on Japan's special attack forces.
This section contains reviews of several major web sites about Japan's
special attack forces. Other than the first one, all sites are Japanese.
The web sites have been reviewed using the following evaluation criteria:
- Content - accuracy, originality, comprehensiveness, English material,
- Source - authority of author, purpose, objectivity, references, relation to
books or other works
- Design - structure, navigation, aesthetics