Kurata: Kuentai mission to repatriate remains hindered by lack of permits

The Kuentai organization’s efforts to repatriate the remains of their countrymen back to Japan are being stymied by the myriad of permits being required by the CNMI government.

Kuentai secretary general Usan Kurata said that they have found over 800 Japanese remains but cannot bring them home to Japan because of all the permits that they were not granted.

Speaking during the Kuentai’s second memorial service last Friday at the Aqua Resort Club parking area, Kurata said he and his team need the support of the local government to carry out their mission, which is to exhume the remains of fallen Japanese soldiers, bring them home to their families, and lay them to rest.

In all the years that that Kurata and his team have been on Saipan, he has helped many farmers in the northern area cultivate their land. He said he stumbled upon so many Japanese remains just by cultivating land.

According to Kurata, it broke his heart that he was not able to do anything about the remains, but put them back where they were found because they do not have the permits to take them home.

Rep. Joseph Leepan Guerrero (R-Saipan) said he sympathizes with the organization and that he will look into the situation and do what he can to help find a solution to the problem and to help Kuentai with its mission.

Guerrero said no one should deprive the Kuentai organization of the remains of these fallen Japanese soldiers. According to Guerrero, these remains should be sent home after years of being buried in a foreign land.

According to Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, the Kuentai organization wants only to bring home the remains of Japanese soldiers and to let them rest in peace with their family.

Apatang hopes that the government will help the organization fulfill its mission.

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  • Saipan Haole

    These guys forgot to bribe the right officials…

  • Saipan Haole

    Because the Chinese have no problem offering bribes and the elected officials have no problem taking them…

  • limitswitch

    War dead deserve respect as do their families regardless of who they are. Making an issue of removal and sending the remains to the homeland it just plain disrespectful.

  • jun

    Shame on you CNMI Government and that goes to you our dearest governor.

  • jun

    It is very sad that we have so many department heads within the CNMI that have no clue on humanitarian aspect of life. Just like the DPL head, she thinks taking away properties from the underprivileged for non compliance would help our society, but it had put a lot of suffering on our unfortunates within our community and the above predicament is a prime example of our incompetent government and governor.

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