Two Indonesians whose family members were subjected to atrocities during Japan's occupation of Indonesia that ended 78 years ago say that they still grapple with heartache today.

But although the crimes cannot be forgotten, they can be forgiven as they occurred under the extraordinary circumstances of war, said the two, maintaining that their parents, who testified about their accounts, had no anger toward Japan and its people.

Siti Chairani Proehoeman has detailed her mother's testimony about her uncle, Achmad Mochtar, who was reportedly beheaded and whose body was crushed by a steamroller used by the Kempeitai — the Japanese imperial military police.