Japanese Soldiers Remains Found On Russian Island

September 9, 2015 – The remains of 14 people believed to have been soldiers of Japan’s former military have been discovered on an island in Russia’s Far East.

Shumshu Island is in the northern part of the Kuril Islands.

On August 18th, 1945, Japanese forces disarming immediately after their country’s surrender faced a sudden invasion by former Soviet forces. Russia says more than 700 soldiers from both sides died in the ensuing battle.

Government officials from Sakhalin who surveyed the island last month announced their findings at a news conference in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk today.

They said the unburied remains were found with helmets and other gear.

Japan’s government has been searching for World War Two remains on the Kurils and in southern Sakhalin, with Russian cooperation.

The remains of 255 people had been found there as of last year, but those of only 16 have been discovered on Shumshu due to difficulty of travel on the island.

The Russian side says it hopes to hand over the newly found remains to Japan as soon as possible.


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