Japanese WWII bomb storages cleaned


World War II-era bomb storages on Saipan were recently cleaned up, with several organizations closely aligned with the tourism industry in the CNMI banding together to do the cleanup.

The Marianas Visitors Authority, Japan-Saipan Travel Association, and the Northern Marianas Dive Operators Association last Nov. 16, 2018 banded together to clean up the World War II Japanese bomb storage magazines near the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport.

The venue, a significant historicsite in the CNMI, was also damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu.

“…It is our obligation, being a part of this wonderful community, to help in restoring the beauty, safety, and cleanliness of our islands,” Japanese Society of the NMI chair Masato Tezuka told Saipan Tribune.

“The monster [Super] Typhoon Yutu left our islands devastated, leaving fallen trees, rubble, and debris everywhere,” he noted, adding that the organizations decided to clean the area not only because it is a sacred memorial but also in preparation for the re-opening of the airport.

“We cleaned up by cutting fallen trees, clearing the roads, and picking up the trash,” he said. “We are very happy to support the CNMI with the help of our partners in business such as the MVA, JASTA, and NMDOA.”

The Saipan airport welcomed HK Express flights last Nov. 23, 2018.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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