Law passed to promote collection of war victim remains

March 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A law to promote collecting the remains of war victims was passed in the Lower House plenary session on March 24. The ordinance sees the collection of the remains of victims in the war, including the Battle of Okinawa, as the “responsibility of the nation.” It will be put into effect on April 1.

The law had remained under deliberation after passing through the Lower House plenary session during the ordinary parliamentary session last year. This year’s Diet modified the collection period from the fiscal year of 2016 to 2024, and the law was passed in the plenary session of the House of Councilors this February.

With regard to collecting the remains, the Japanese government will design a master plan. The central government plans to discuss with the involved foreign governments and lay out the framework for expertizing the remains and analyzing articles left on the scene. The law stipulates that the government will newly designate a corporation in charge of gathering information on collecting the remains and preserving them.

(English translation by T&CT)

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