JAPANESE DELEGATION VISITS PNG WAR SITES

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Group pays homage to those who died

By Grace Tiden PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 31, 2011) - Despite the major earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan early this month, a delegation from Japan made time available to visit special war sites in honor of their fathers who died in Papua New Guinea during World War II.

Four groups, all under the Japan War-Bereaved Families Association, visited provinces in PNG last week and early this week. Their seven-day stay in PNG included visits to war sites in different parts of the country where their fathers had died.

Two groups were in East New Britain Province on Monday and held a commemoration service at the Japanese War Memorial on Namanula Hill near Rabaul.

Chairman Toshiharu Karadika said their fathers had died during the war and the visit was in memory of them.

At the Japanese War Memorial near Namanula Hill, the group led by tourist operator Elis Waragat from Kokopo Lodge and Tours, held a traditional Japanese memorial service in respect of the dead. Prayers were offered as well as the laying of wreaths at the war memorial.

The two groups left for Port Moresby yesterday and met up with the two other delegations before departing for Japan.

Mrs. Waragat said different groups under the same organization come into the country every month for the same purpose.

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