Remains Collected in Siberia Identified as Not Japanese

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Tokyo, July 29 (Jiji Press)--The remains of 16 people collected in Siberia and brought to Japan in 2014 as those of Japanese soldiers who died while in detention there after World War II have been identified as not those of Japanese, welfare ministry officials said Monday.

The DNA test results were reported to the ministry by experts at a closed meeting in August last year, but the ministry did not disclose them at the time, the officials said.

The ministry plans to start talks with Russia at an early date on how to handle the remains, including their possible return, the officials said.

The officials said the ministry failed to make a timely disclosure because it was considering how it would discuss the matter with Russia.

In 2014, a group of ministry officials collected the remains of 16 people from a burial site in eastern Siberia's Transbaikal region believed to hold the remains of Japanese people, according to the ministry.

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