War Memento Brought to Bereaved Family after Hard Efforts by Man
Kamigori, Hyogo Pref., March 17 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese rising sun flag left by a man who died in 1945 in World War II on the Philippine island of Luzon was delivered to his family in western Japan on Sunday, after years of hard efforts by a local government worker in a northeastern Japan city.
"I'm full of emotion, because a photo of my father has been the only war memento about him," Jitsuo Matsue, 78, the eldest son of Toshio Matsue, who lost his life at the age of 36 in the war, said as the flag was brought to the family in the town of Kamigori, Hyogo Prefecture.
Shingo Takashima, 33, an employee at the government of the city of Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, started work to find the family of the deceased man after he was asked to do so in 2014 by Amy Miller, 32, a U.S. native, who was working at the city government as a temporary worker at the time.
During the war, Miller's grandfather was in charge of airlifting operations in areas including the Philippines as a U.S. Navy pilot.
After the death of the grandfather, Miller found the carefully preserved rising sun flag among his belongings.
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