• Reverence for WW‡U casualties are handing down the preciousness of peace from generation to generation.
  • Search collection of remains of WW‡U casualties and national cemetery construction.

Memorial built on Leyte Island in the Philippines

In@‚m‚‚–‚…‚‚‚‚…‚’@2002, ‚‚•r executive members had voluntarily escorted the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare personnel to Leyte Island and Samar Island for 10days .@
We had visited Philippines more than 10 times and this is the second time that we had escorted Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
It should have been the duty of the Japan Embassy of Philippines to recognize the information and to determine the authenticity brought up by the local residence, but they never even checked, instead we in Japan have to go to Philippines without even knowing the reliability of the information.
Because the actions of Japanese government is as such, the remains of about 1 million casualties of war (About 70 to 80% the remains from Southern Island area has not been recovered.) outside of Japan has been neglected for more than 57 years after the war.
This time we researched the remains of 50 casualties of war from an uninhabited area of Samar Island, and received the remains stored on Leyte Island. This process took us one and half years since the discovery of the remains.
The remains, which were received, were cremated on site and finally returned to Japan. After the delivery ceremony at Chidorigafuchi Cemetery organized by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the remains have been temporarily stored in a mortuary located at the Ministry .
These remains again would be cremated to reduce the volume to 10%.
This is the result of storing about 300,000 remains within such a small space of 18‡uunder the Rokkakudo@at Chidorigafuchi.@
We doubt storing such a large volume of remains in such a small space(18‡u)is in compliance with Criminal code 190, gdestruction of remainsh. More over, Chidorigafuchi Cemetery is in controversy with burial permit, Tokyo Metropolitan regulation #15 of gStructural Maintenance and Management of cemeteryh, and gindividual remains has to be stored in particular container per remainsh@and so on.
As it stated above, the memorial undertaking of Japanese government has not been acceptable to those young ones sacrificed of the war and the bereaved families like us.
In order to solve these problems, we need to change the method of recovering remains from gwaiting to receiveh to gsearch and gatherh. Also the gathered remains need to be DNA tested to take back to the families. To those still not identified need to be buried individually at somewhere large like the skirts of Mount. Fuji as a gPiece Statueh in Okinawa and engrave each and everyonefs name on it.
The Chief Cabinet Secretaryfs private committee has placed a statement that the war memorial facility for fallen soldiers is needed to show the world our commitment on peace and not to make another mistake of getting into war.
They have not determined size or details of the facility and there are voices against it by some members of the Diet, but the absence of such government facility for 57 years is long enough. So, it is time to be realized.
That is the minimum responsibility and compensation of what the government can do for those fallen soldiers, veterans, bereaved families as a country that sent them to the war with just a draft card. And that should be the base of keeping Japanfs peace and reverence of the war dead!
It is more important than enshrining the words, gSpirits of heroic deadh and gvisiting Yasukuni shrineh, we should act.
In November 2002, our gAssociation of Peace and War Mourningh has been registered as Non Profit Organization.
Hope many people understand and agree with our vision and become our member to persuade our cause.


1.Mission

  • We promote and participate in peaceful and cultural exchanges with local citizens worldwide, while honoring the casualties and veterans of World War II both American and Japanese (or Japanese or American).
  • We are actively searching for the remains and displaced articles of World War II casualties and veterans.
  • 2.Activity Status

    1. Pilgrimages :
      @@End of June to early July(once a year)EEEPhilippines
      @@Mid February(once a year)EEEEEEEEEOkinawa
    2. Currently collecting remains and displaced personal items
    3. BulletinsF@Twice a year
    4. Repatriated items as of February 2003, include, not not limited to:
    [War Article Return Information] 2000`FEB.2013
    War Article Numbers of cases
    Japanese Battle Flag 54 cases
    Post Card 5 cases
    Photo 26 cases
    Memo Paper 6 cases
    Wallet 1 case
    Shirt 1 case
    Bankbook 2 case
    Cloth 1 case
    Textbook 1 case
    Wooden Name Plate1 case
    Seal3 cases
    Stationery3 cases
    Fountain pen8 cases
    Bag 1 case
    Diary9 cases
    Dog tag4 cases
    etc4 cases
    Total 130 cases

    Non-Profit Organization
    Association of Peace and War Mourning
    Postcode 849-0112
    7561, Eguchi, Kitashigeyasu-cho, Miyaki-gun, Saga-ken
    Tel0942-89-9280
    Fax0942-89-9281
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