- Reverence for WWU casualties are handing down the preciousness
of peace from generation to generation.
- Search collection of remains of WWU casualties and national
Memorial built on Leyte Island in the Philippines
@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 18uunder the Rokkakudo@at Chidorigafuchi.@
We doubt storing such a large volume of remains in such a small space(18u)is
in compliance with Criminal code 190, gdestruction of remainsh. More over,
Chidorigafuchi Cemetery is in controversy with burial permit, Tokyo Metropolitan
regulation #15 of gStructural Maintenance and Management of cemeteryh,
and gindividual remains has to be stored in particular container per remainsh@and
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 receiveh to gsearch and gatherh. 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 Statueh in Okinawa and engrave each
and everyonefs name on it.
The Chief Cabinet Secretaryfs 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
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
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 Japanfs peace and reverence of the war dead!
It is more important than enshrining the words, gSpirits of heroic deadh
and gvisiting Yasukuni shrineh, we should act.
In November 2002, our gAssociation of Peace and War Mourningh has been registered as Non Profit Organization.
Hope many people understand and agree with our vision and become our member
to persuade our cause.