Asia Pacific Aug 7, 2018

Australia presses North Korea on return of war dead

Australia has pressed North Korea over the remains of 43 soldiers still missing after the Korean War in a rare encounter between the two nations, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday. Some 17,000 Australians fought as part of the United Nations multinational force defending South ...

1,852 more Japanese war dead laid to rest at Tokyo cemetery

National May 28, 2018

1,852 more Japanese war dead laid to rest at Tokyo cemetery

The remains of an additional 1,852 unidentified Japanese who died during World War II were laid to rest at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward in a memorial service Monday. Among the remains were those recovered in and brought back from Russia and Iwo ...

Remains of Oklahoma Korean War soldier who died in POW camp returned

World Feb 16, 2018

Remains of Oklahoma Korean War soldier who died in POW camp returned

The remains of a U.S. soldier have been returned to his home state of Oklahoma nearly 70 years after he was taken prisoner during the Korean War. Army Sgt. 1st Class Alfred Bensinger Jr.'s remains arrived Wednesday in Oklahoma City. The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

Japan in talks on return of Ainu remains held in Australia

National Jun 5, 2017

Japan in talks on return of Ainu remains held in Australia

The government said Monday it will start negotiations with Australia toward returning the remains of indigenous Ainu people being held at Australian museums. Australia's ambassador to Japan, Richard Court, is expected to meet with representatives of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido as soon as Thursday ...

Hokkaido University agrees to return remains of Ainu to descendants

National Mar 23, 2017

Hokkaido University agrees to return remains of Ainu to descendants

Hokkaido University has agreed to return to descendants of the Ainu, an indigenous ethnic group concentrated in Japan's northernmost main island, ancestral remains exhumed from a cemetery for research in the 1930s, the descendants said this week. The agreement, reached in a court-mediated settlement at ...

Disaster zones struggle with issue of saving 3/11 ruins

National / Social Issues Mar 13, 2016

Disaster zones struggle with issue of saving 3/11 ruins

Tour guide Tsuyoshi Sawaguchi recently took an 11-member group from Kyushu University around the Taro district in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, to explain the impact of the tsunami that wrecked much of Japan's northeastern coastline in March 2011. "What is important is protecting your life by ...

National Nov 11, 2015

Remains of Japanese soldiers to be repatriated from Russia

Russia has handed over the remains of suspected Japanese soldiers who died defending an island in the Northern Territories from a Soviet invasion after Japan's surrender in World War II. The 27 sets of remains were found on Shumshu Island, now a part of Russia's ...