Team to pick up soldiers’ remains

Japan plans to send a team to Mongolia for two weeks in late July to recover the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in the 1939 Battle of the River Halka, known in Japan as the Nomonhan Incident, officials said Wednesday.

This will be the first Japanese team to recover the remains of soldiers killed in the clash between Japanese troops and Soviet and Mongolian forces near the border between Mongolia and what was then Manchuria in northeastern China, the officials said.

Mongolia decided in January to allow Japan to collect and bring home the remains of soldiers, the officials at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said.

China has never allowed Japan to collect the remains of Japanese soldiers.