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Japanese repatriate remains of soldiers killed in PNG | Pacific Beat

Japanese repatriate remains of soldiers killed in PNG

Japanese repatriate remains of soldiers killed in PNG

Updated 30 January 2013, 18:27 AEDT

A group of Japanese men have returned home from Papua New Guinea with the ashes of their forefathers killed there in World War Two.

PNG was the site of some of the most fiercest fighting between the Japanese and the Allies, and over the years veterans groups, and families, from Australia, the USA and Japan have travelled to locate the remains of fallen soldiers.

This time the Japanese travelled to West Sepik, Madang and Morobe to collect the remains of 100 bodies, which were cremated before being taken back to their homeland, where a formal ceremony is to be held.

Alois Kuaso is an Archaeologist with PNG's National Museum, who has worked with the Japanese on this trip.

He spoke to Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Alois Kuaso, from PNG's National Museum


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