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 bones include those of local residents obtained by profiteering grave robbers.

The remains were repatriated to Japan from fiscal 2008 and 2010, and were temporarily placed in a room in a government high-rise in Tokyo’s Kazumigaseki district.

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