World War II is Technically Still Ongoing

“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” —Sir Winston Churchill

In a Nutshell

History books generally recognize September 2, 1945 as the official end of World War II, as that was the day when the Japanese surrender finally became official. Well, mostly anyway. It turns out Russia and Japan are still at war to this day, quibbling over a group of islands.

The Whole Bushel

When the Japanese signed their terms of surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri, it signified the official end of World War II, and people around the world rejoiced. After all, the long and brutal war had finally come to a close and soldiers could at last return to their normal lives.

However, what you may not realize is that for two rather major participants, the war has actually never officially come to a close. That’s because over the past 70 years, Russia and Japan have never been able to come to agreeable terms on what to do with the Kuril Islands. Russia has been occupying the islands since the war, though Japan still claims ownership, and the two nations have been locked in a debate over rightful ownership ever since.

As recently as this spring, the two nations have finally started taking steps toward ending World War II once and for all, presumably because they realize even the worst people don’t hold this kind of grudge for this long. Of course, considering no real progress has been made, perhaps they’ll just decide to keep their record streak of passive feuding going for a few more decades.

Show Me The Proof

Christian Science Monitor: Japan and Russia Want To Finally End World War II
BBC: Kuril islands dispute between Russia and Japan

  • The Japanese seem to have quite a habit of bickering over islands (I am thinking Dokdo in Korea).

    • inconspicuous detective

      hard not to when your country is a group of islands 😉

    • Anthony Jaymes Annis-Rastaette

      Don;t forget the islands that China (PRC) and Japan are currently arguing over, which has in this recent year, gone past just politics but to the actually Navies of the PRC and Japan!

  • rhijulbec

    Reminds me of the Korean War, which is still ongoing…what’s the advantage of occupying these islands?

    • inconspicuous detective

      they’re a huge asset to the fishing industry and there is (supposedly) oil off the shores of the islands. there was recently an article about them in the news, during the most recent set of russian war games the russians demonstrated their naval force by sending it to run drills on the islands. pretty tense but i don’t think much will ever come of it.

      • rhijulbec

        Thanks again for the timely and informative reply, ID.

  • anonymouse72

    Well, this is politics.

  • Banana234

    I’m on Japan’s side…I hate eastern Europeans……………………………..

    • Joseph Wilson

      They aren’t much found of you, either.

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    • Jake Grzelka

      So what you are saying is you are on the Japanese side because of personal bigotry, not logic?

    • Deez Nutz

      Um you realize Japan is starting all these fights right? There’s islands in Korea and china that the Japanese still want. They are practically trying to expand. The end of WW2 was supposed to stop expansion so we could all get along. The Japanese need to let go.

    • butt

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  • Dustin Chiasson

    Why are these islands so important to Russia, anyway? Can’t they end the war and figure out how to divide the islands afterwards? Also, nobody really acknowledges Japanese ownership of the islands, so Russia technically owns them, but I am also a weeaboo so I should be supporting Japan to my last desu. I don’t know what side to take.

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  • Shanaya Sharma
  • I hope Russia and Japan reach a consensus and end it, it makes no sense to hold a grudge for so long. Thanks for sharing!