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Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, two men previously unaware of each other’s existence — one living in Hiroshima Prefecture and the other far away in the French territory of New Caledonia — renewed their ties of kinship online after they had been broken up by the vagaries of the war.

Robert Tagawa, 71, a resident of New Caledonia, talked in a video chat for the first time in early August with Tomonori Tagawa, 78, who lives in Shobara, Hiroshima Prefecture. Robert’s grandfather was Tomonori’s uncle.

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