PHL, Japan agree on repatriation of Japanese WW2 soldiers’ remains

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The Japanese and Philippine governments have agreed to repatriate remains of Japanese World War II soldiers, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on May 9.

“The Philippines and Japan have officially concluded an agreement to cooperate in the humanitarian repatriation of the remains of World War II Japanese soldiers in the Philippines,” DFA said.

The DFA noted that the agreement will facilitate the proper collection, handling, storage and shipment of the remains.

According to DFA, an estimated 518,000 Japanese soldiers perished in the Philippines during World War II.

“The Philippines, under President Carlos P. Garcia, allowed Japan to undertake recovery missions in the country for humanitarian reasons beginning in 1958,” DFA said. “Since then, the remains of roughly 100,000 soldiers have been returned to Japan.”