On October 21, Waseda hosted a symposium to commemorate the 72nd anniversary since Japan’s wartime government drafted students into the military and deployed them to the battlefields of the Pacific War. The symposium was part of Waseda’s annual Arts & Culture Festival and was held at Ono Auditorium, Waseda Campus. Approximately 150 students and visitors attended the event to hear from two alumni speak about their experiences being drafted into hard labor and the military.
In 1943, Japan’s wartime government deployed over 4,500 Waseda students to the battlefields of the Pacific War where many lost their lives. In 1990, Waseda built a commemorative plaque inside Okuma Garden where a flower offering ceremony is held on homecoming day to honor these alumni.