Mystery Deepening over Human Bones Found at Schools in Japan

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Tokyo, Jan. 21 (Jiji Press)--The mystery is deepening over skeleton models at some schools in Japan that have recently turned out to include real human bones.

How the real bones were procured is unknown in most cases, as no precise records exist.

School people say that the bones seem to have been purchased or donated long ago. But how they ended up into the hands of the schools largely remains a mystery.

According to prefectural education boards, human bones have been discovered so far at 16 schools in six prefectures--Ishikawa, Fukui and Aichi in central Japan, plus Oita, Miyazaki and Kagoshima in southwestern Japan.

The first case was at the Kagoshima prefectural Tsurumaru high school, where a bone skull was found in a specimen cabinet in a biology lecture room in July 2016. It turned out to be from a woman who is believed to have died some 50 years before.

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