JAPAN TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED WWII ATROCITIES IN PNG

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (July 29, 1997 - PACNEWS)---A Japanese team will visit Papua New Guinea's East Sepik Province next week to investigate alleged atrocities committed by Japanese military personnel during World War II.

The team members, representing a group known officially as The International Coalition in Conjunction with Papua New Guinea Association for Redress of Asia Pacific War Victims, will be in the East Sepik area August 8 - 13. They will conduct interviews with victims and witnesses of the alleged wartime crimes.

The information gathered will be used to determine if the Japanese government owes any Papua New Guinea victims and their survivors compensation for the wartime deeds.

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