Journalists’ ashes arrive in Japan

Kyodo

The ashes of two Japanese journalists slain in an attack near Baghdad last month arrived in their hometown in Japan on Wednesday from Bangkok, where their bodies were cremated.

Five relatives of the two freelance journalists — Shinsuke Hashida, 61, and his nephew Kotaro Ogawa, 33 — brought the ashes to the city of Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Some of Ogawa’s ashes were scattered in the Chao Phraya River in the Thai capital.

The bodies were flown Sunday from Kuwait to Bangkok, where the journalists were based, and cremated Monday at a temple in the city.

Hashida’s wife, Yukiko, 50, his sister, Yoko Ogawa, 57, who is also Ogawa’s mother, and the others flew to Kuwait on May 29 to identify the bodies.

“It was a long, long trip but we are satisfied that we were able to have a funeral for them in Bangkok,” Yoko told reporters at Narita airport near Tokyo earlier in the day.