• Kyodo


The human remains buried in a mass grave at the Sapporo Honganji temple are believed to be those of Koreans brought to Japan as slave labor during World War II, the temple said Friday.

The remains, originally kept in individual wooden boxes, were transferred to a steel container and three urns in the charnel at the Buddhist temple in 1984 and 1997, making it difficult to ascertain identities. The temple is part of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect.

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