Volunteer group Gamafuya asks the OPG to stop cremating remains of the Battle of Okinawa

July 1, 2014 Ryukyu SHimpo

Takamatsu Gushiken, the president of the Gamafuya, a volunteer group dedicated to the recovery of remains of the Battle of Okinawa, and the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly member Hiroshi Goya visited the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office on June 30.

They asked vice Governor Yoshihisa Kawakami not to cremate the remains of victims of the Battle of Okinawa preserved at temporary mortuary in Mabuni, Itoman.

The Gamafuya had asked the prefectural assembly to preserve the remains before cremation in order to extract DNA. Subsequently, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) halted the cremation in the last fiscal year.

However, the OPG decided to carry out the cremation this April because the mortuary has too many remains.

Gushiken said, “The Japanese and prefectural governments should consider expanding the mortuary because it is full of remains. Without the permission of bereaved families, they should not carry out the cremation.” He went on to say, “The cremation robs the bereaved family members of their right to get the remains.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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