A "katana" sword confiscated by the U.S. military at the end of the war was recently returned to its owner's family in Japan.

Miyoko Asai, 85, received the sword on behalf of her late husband, Masaaki, at their home in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, from Paul Ufima, who runs a film production company in Virginia.

Ufima, 37, inherited the sword from his grandfather, a former U.S. Marine officer who passed away 20 years ago. He kept the sword in his basement but began looking for its owner three years ago.