Hokkaido University agrees to return remains of Ainu to descendants

Mar 23, 2017

Hokkaido University agrees to return remains of Ainu to descendants

Hokkaido University has agreed to return to descendants of the Ainu, an indigenous ethnic group concentrated in Japan’s northernmost main island, ancestral remains exhumed from a cemetery for research in the 1930s, the descendants said this week. The agreement, reached in a court-mediated settlement ...

Disaster zones struggle with issue of saving 3/11 ruins

/ Mar 13, 2016

Disaster zones struggle with issue of saving 3/11 ruins

Tour guide Tsuyoshi Sawaguchi recently took an 11-member group from Kyushu University around the Taro district in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, to explain the impact of the tsunami that wrecked much of Japan’s northeastern coastline in March 2011. “What is important is protecting your life ...

Nov 11, 2015

Remains of Japanese soldiers to be repatriated from Russia

Russia has handed over the remains of suspected Japanese soldiers who died defending an island in the Northern Territories from a Soviet invasion after Japan’s surrender in World War II. The 27 sets of remains were found on Shumshu Island, now a part of ...

Remains of Spanish killed in Germanwings disaster repatriated

Jun 16, 2015

Remains of Spanish killed in Germanwings disaster repatriated

The remains of 32 Spanish victims of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps in March were flown back to Spain on Monday aboard a specially fitted plane. The MD-11 transport plane, operated by Germanwings parent company Lufthansa, took off from the ...

/ May 26, 2015

Suspicion taints war dead from Philippines

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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.