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Japanese team on mission to collect bones of war dead

Japanese team on mission to collect bones of war dead
Officials with the Japanese delegation at Chief Secretary’s Conference Hall Kohima on September 10, 2019. (DIPR)
DIMAPUR, SEP 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/10/2019 11:10:34 AM IST

A delegation of Japan Association for Recovery & Repatriation of War Casualties (JARRWC) arrived Nagaland Tuesday as part of their mission to collect information about the remains of the Japanese soldiers who died during the World War II.

According to a DIPR report, the state government held a meeting with the Japanese delegation, who are on a ten-day visit to Nagaland from September 10-20, 2019, in the conference hall of the chief secretary, Kohima on Tuesday.
During their visit, the team would conduct field investigation of burial sites of the remains based on the information collected in research activities to confirm the burial condition of the remains under the ground by excavating the soil surface at the site.
The team would be visiting villages like Jotsoma, Kigwema, Riisoma etc under Kohima district where the information of the mortal remains of Japanese soldiers was found. 
Team leader, Kazuhiko Furumoto, while briefing the state officials about the schedules and activities to be taken up during their 10-day visit, requested the state government to support their survey mission and provide safety and security measures wherever and whenever needed.  He also sought the support and guidance of anthropology department, Kohima Science College in ascertaining the information about the mortal remains from anthropological aspects.  Furumoto said that the next phase of exploration was scheduled to be conducted from November 10 - 24, 2019 where the team would focus not only in plain areas but also in hilly and mountainous areas. 
In the second phase, the team would visit Yikhum village under Wokha district, Chakhabama, Jessami etc. 
The state government has assured to support their mission and provide safety and security measures in addition to providing necessary assistance and information. 
Principal secretary, school education, Menukhol John, who chaired the meeting, expressed condolences to the bereaved family of Naoko Andou, who was part of the team. The delegation also agreed to John’s suggestion on having a meeting with the state government when the team was about to leave Nagaland after their second phase in November. 
 

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