Ceremony Marks 75th Anniversary of Battle of Imphal in India

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Imphal, India, June 22 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony was held in Imphal in Manipur, northeastern India, on Saturday to mark 75 years since the withdrawal of Japanese soldiers from the 1944 Battle of Imphal in northeastern India, one of the bloodiest battles in World War II.

The Imphal Peace Museum opened here the same day, displaying belongings of Japanese soldiers who died in the battle and items illustrating damage inflicted on local residents.

Some 250 people from Japan, Britain and India, which were involved in the battle, visited the former battlefield to mourn for the victims.

At the day's ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu laid flowers at a local monument.

At a press conference after the ceremony, Hiramatsu said, "The peace museum is a symbol of reconciliation among Japan, Britain and India after overcoming difficult times and building constructive and friendly relationships."

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