Remains of hundreds of Russians have being sent away to Japan by mistake for years

Remains of hundreds of Russians have being sent away to Japan by mistake for years
Photo: Vitaly Ivanov/ITAR-TASS

Tokyo used to believe the remains of the Japanese prisoners of war who had died during the World War II had been sent away from the territory of Russia.

Over the last 10 years, remains of almost 600 persons have been sent away to Japan from the Zabaikalye Territory. Tokyo thought the remains had belonged to the Japanese prisoners of war, but in fact, they had belonged to Russians, reports Kyodo agency.

Tokyo used to believe the remains of the Japanese prisoners of war who had died during the World War II had been sent away from the territory of Russia. However, a decade later, it was found out that the remains had belonged to Russians.

After the DNA expertise, experts concluded that most of the remains had not belonged to Japanese. The bones are likely to belong to citizens of a settlement of Borzhigantay from which cemetery the remains had been carried away.

As estimated by Tokyo, after the World War II was over, around 55 thousand Japanese prisoners of war died in detention camps in the USSR and Mongolia. The remains of 33 thousand are still in the territory of the former Soviet Union and Mongolia.

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