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Remains of Japanese soldier exhumed

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GUWAHATI, Jan 19 � Possible remains of Japanese soldier Kito Zwao, killed during World War II, which according to Forensic experts, appear to be tooth particles, were exhumed from his grave in Guwahati War Cemetery.

Zwao died on September 2, 1944. However, the official confirmation will arrive only after the remains are examined by the Biology department of the Forensic Science Laboratory, Kahilipara. According to Director of Forensic Science Laboratory, SK Dutta, preparation of the report will take at least three days after which it will be formally sent to the Government.

Senior scientific officer of the Biology department of Forensic Science Laboratory, Singson, collected the samples from the grave.

Talking to mediapersons through an interpreter, Ken Miyashita, Deputy Director, Office of Foreign Affairs, Planning Division of War Victims Relief, Social Welfare and War Victims Relief Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, said, �We have exhumed some of the remains from a central grave with the help of Department of Archaeology and forensic experts, and the samples have been sent for examination.�

�Once the report arrives, the remains will be taken back home and subsequently DNA tests will be done by matching them with the samples collected from the family members,� Misyashita said. �Further, if the DNA is found to match, the remains will be buried in the respective family grave as per Japanese rituals,� Miyashita added.

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Remains of Japanese soldier exhumed

GUWAHATI, Jan 19 � Possible remains of Japanese soldier Kito Zwao, killed during World War II, which according to Forensic experts, appear to be tooth particles, were exhumed from his grave in Guwahati War Cemetery.

Zwao died on September 2, 1944. However, the official confirmation will arrive only after the remains are examined by the Biology department of the Forensic Science Laboratory, Kahilipara. According to Director of Forensic Science Laboratory, SK Dutta, preparation of the report will take at least three days after which it will be formally sent to the Government.

Senior scientific officer of the Biology department of Forensic Science Laboratory, Singson, collected the samples from the grave.

Talking to mediapersons through an interpreter, Ken Miyashita, Deputy Director, Office of Foreign Affairs, Planning Division of War Victims Relief, Social Welfare and War Victims Relief Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, said, �We have exhumed some of the remains from a central grave with the help of Department of Archaeology and forensic experts, and the samples have been sent for examination.�

�Once the report arrives, the remains will be taken back home and subsequently DNA tests will be done by matching them with the samples collected from the family members,� Misyashita said. �Further, if the DNA is found to match, the remains will be buried in the respective family grave as per Japanese rituals,� Miyashita added.

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