The exhumation of the 11 Japanese soldiers killed in the Second World War began today at the Guwahati War Cemetery, in India.
Our contributor says:
"The process of taking back and honoring their lost hero's started this morning at the Guwahati War Cemetery. Eleven of world war Japanese soldiers to, return to their motherland after six decades.
These graves were dugged some six decades back when the Japanese soldiers died in this part of the northeast India resisting the Allied Forces. After sixty years their graves are exhumed again and this time to take their remains back to their motherland “The land of the rising sun”.
Following a Japanese government decision, those eleven graves belonging to fellow soldiers in the Guwahati War cemetery will be taken back to Japan where they would be preserved with honor and respect. Almost all the Japanese graves belonged to 1944 and most of them might be war prisoners, including one of the rank of Corporal.
The Japanese government says that the bodies were kept in wooden boxes and pieces of pottery and metal have been recovered from the trenches dugged underneath the bronze plaques.
Several major battles of the Second World War were fought in Northeast, the most important was the Battle of Kohima.
The Guwahati War Cemetery has 546 graves, of which 486 belong to Commonwealth servicemen, 24 Chinese, 25 unidentified and 11 Japanese. The War Cemetery, maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, was established during the Second World War for burials from various military hospitals in the area.
The authorities and the archeology department has requested the Japanese government to leave behind the commemoration plaque as a souvenir of the bygone glory."