Saturday, August 22, 2009


They’re the bones of some Japanese soldiers and civilians who died during the Battle of Saipan on the island of Okinawa. A U.S. Navy doctor took the bones home, and later donated them to the University of California at Berkeley. Now Japanese survivors of the battle are demanding that the bones be returned for proper burial on Okinawa or on the Japanese mainland:


Note: Interestingly, one Okinawa resident interviewed for the story notes that many bones of victims of the battle “still remain uncollected on the island.” I have to ask, therefore: if giving battle victims proper burials is such a priority, why not start with unburied bones on Okinawa that are still awaiting burial 64 years after the battle?

1 comment:

shuri said...

I have to agree, that is an excellent question.