May 26, 2015

Suspicion taints war dead from Philippines

by Atsushi Kodera

The remains of some 15,000 Japanese soldiers who died in the Philippines during World War II continue to lie in undignified government storage after the media raised suspicions five years ago that the deceased include those of local residents obtained by profiteering grave robbers.

Japan begins search for remains of WWII soldiers on Palau

Mar 26, 2015

Japan begins search for remains of WWII soldiers on Palau

The central government has started searching for the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in the fighting during World War II on Peleliu Island, Palau, ahead of a planned visit to the West Pacific island by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko next month. Officials ...

Mar 5, 2015

Remains of ancient civilization uncovered in Honduran jungle

Archaeologists working in the dense jungle of Honduras have found dozens of artifacts at a site where they believe twin cities from an ancient civilization once thrived, the head of the country’s anthropology institute said on Wednesday. The artifacts unearthed at the site, in ...

Jan 24, 2015

Dutch to collect more remains from MH17 crash site in Ukraine

A Dutch team is to return to the MH17 crash site in war-torn Ukraine to collect more remains of the 298 people killed when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing was downed in July, officials said Friday. “A small team including defense ministry employees will return ...

Dec 23, 2014

Japan, S. Korea to resume probe into wartime remains

Japan and South Korea plan to resume a joint investigation next month into the remains of South Koreans drafted to work in Japan in wartime, South Korean government officials said Tuesday. Officials from the two countries will jointly investigate a temple in Iwate Prefecture ...

Feb 18, 2014

LDP wants government in charge of retrieving troops' bodies

A panel belonging to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has mapped out an action plan on the retrieval of remains of Japanese soldiers who died overseas in the last war, seeking legislation to oblige the government to do the work. The legislation, which will ...

Scholar aims to unravel Japanese remains issue

Oct 10, 2013

Scholar aims to unravel Japanese remains issue

by Daisuke Nakai

Naoki Mizuno, a Kyoto University professor, is hoping to shed light on the Japanese who died in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula around the end of World War II and remain buried there. “The issue is a result of Japan’s (colonial rule ...

Japanese make trip to N.K. burial site

Jun 18, 2013

Japanese make trip to N.K. burial site

Japanese visitors paid their respects Sunday at a site near the port of Chongjin in northeast North Korea for relatives who perished, many in a Soviet labor camp, after the end of World War II and the end of Japan’s colonial rule of the ...

Jun 9, 2013

LDP plans bill to speed up retrieval of Japan's war dead

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is planning to propose new legislation to speed up the retrieval of remains of Japanese soldiers and civilians who died at home and abroad during the war, party sources said Saturday. The LDP aims to submit a bill to ...

Hunt for war remains never-ending

Apr 12, 2013

Hunt for war remains never-ending

by Hiroshi Hiyama

Tears roll down Heitaro Matsumoto’s face as the 72-year-old businessman talks of an uncle who died on Guam as a Japanese soldier in the hopeless final weeks of World War II. The remains of Goro Matsumoto, in his mid-20s at the time of his ...