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 ...