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5 sets of remains discovered on Peleliu

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, March 30, 2009) – Five Japanese human remains were found in Peleliu State and turned over to the Japanese government yesterday.

During the turnover ceremony at the Belau National Museum¸ President Johnson Toribiong said that the Japanese individuals who perished in Palau during World War II will finally be put in their resting place.

The remains were found near the water pump in Ngesais Hamlet and old Japanese power plant.

The human remains were turned over yesterday to Kunio Nakamura, charge d’ affaires of the Embassy of Japan.

"It is my privilege for me to have this ceremony today, almost at the end of my duty in Palau. I wish to express my sincere appreciation to his excellency Mr. Toribiong for making this opportunity possible," Nakamura said.

He said that he is encouraged by Toribiong’s warm words that the procedure will continue even after his term.

"Now I will return to Japan happy and with peace in my heart because I know that these human remains and those that are still under the grounds of Palau have a hope that they will be returned to Japan in the near future," Nakamura said.

The president said that there are about 3,000 Japanese believed to have died in Peleliu during World War II.

He said the return of the human remains to their families "brings closure to the suffering and deaths which resulted from the battle."

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