Nine Japanese people left behind in the Philippines visit Japan
August 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo
Nine Japanese people left behind in the Philippines in the chaotic times at the end of World War II are visiting Japan in order to get Japanese nationality. The father of Antonio Takara, from Baguio, who had interviews at the Tokyo Family Court on August 8 and 9, is Okinawan. The NPO Philippine Nikkei-jin Legal Support Center revealed that before Antonio’s birth, his father was held in a prison camp after the war and later returned to Okinawa. Antonio said that he wanted to set up his family register and to visit Okinawa.
The center that brought them to Japan, held a meeting at Shufukaikan in Yotsuya, Shinjuku on August 11 to talk with second-generation Japanese people left behind in the Philippines. They stated that they will strive to regain Japanese nationality for the people.
Among those Japanese left behind in the Philippines who came to Japan this time, Antonio is the only person with his background clarified. The center will continue to look into the history of the other eight people.
(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)
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