JAKARTA (Kyodo) The government will search waters off Indonesia later this month for the remains of military personnel who died when a U.S. plane sunk a Japanese minesweeper during World War II, the Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry said.
The work, which will take about a week, will begin on June 23 and employ local divers in an area off Sulawesi Island where a U.S. plane sunk the vessel in March 1945, killing 219 of the 300 people on board.
According to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, the government last recovered the remains of military personnel from a sunken ship in 1995. No remains were found in a 2005 search Japan conducted near Palau.
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