1985 JAL Crash Victims Remembered in Japan

Society

Ueno, Gunma Pref., Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--Victims of the 1985 crash of a Japan Airlines <9201> jumbo jet were remembered on the mountainous disaster site in Japan on the 34th anniversary Monday.

Bereaved family members and others followed a steep mountain trail to reach the crash site on the Osutaka ridge in the village of Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo. On the crash site, about 1,560 meters above sea level, memorial markers indicate places where remains of the victims were found.

According to JAL, a total of 276 people climbed the ridge on the day.

"Considering my age, this may be my last (climb)," said Shingo Tabuchi, 90, who lost three daughters in the crash.

Tabuchi, from Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, poured water onto their graves. He stressed his determination to come back again "as long as I breathe."

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