Looking for veterans form Fukushima

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Looking for veterans form Fukushima

Postby Van » 04 Apr 2008 07:19

In Russia there is a japanese battle flag that the present possessors want to return home.
The flag was not captured in battle, but was kept by a Japanese imprisoned officer in secret. He was saved by a Russian woman and he gave her the flag for safe-keeping.
The flag is now kept by a historian, who wants to find veterans to give the flag back. Japanese embassy at Moskow, several organisations of veterans were contacted, but there is small progress.
There was also an article in Mainichi newspaper that gives description in Japanese, here is a text:
ロシアの歴史家、シベリア抑留日本兵の日章旗「返還したい」[071206]
2007/12/07(金) 09:45:42
日章旗:シベリア抑留兵の旗「返還したい」 露の歴史家が関係者探し

第二次世界大戦後、シベリアに抑留された元日本兵のものとみられる日章旗が
ロシア・チェリャビンスク州で確認され、ロシア人歴史家のセルゲイ・チェブリコフさん(50)が
日本側に返還するため関係者を探している。
 日章旗は縦86センチ、横92センチ。赤い日の丸の周囲に墨で「祈武運長久 福島」
「神州不滅 浦和」など約30人の寄せ書きが記されている。
 チェブリコフさんによると、旗は終戦直後、チェリャビンスク州セルピエフカ村にあった収容所で
強制労働させられていた日本人将校が地元のロシア人女性に保管を依頼。
将校はその後帰国し、女性も80年代に死亡したが、チェブリコフさんが90年代初めに
女性の娘から旗を預かった。将校の名前など詳細は分かっていない。
 同村や近くの収容所では、かつて1000人以上の日本人捕虜が石油パイプラインの建設に
従事していたという。チェブリコフさんは「旗の返還が日露関係の改善に役立てばうれしい」
と話している。
毎日新聞 2007年12月6日 東京朝刊

http://news24.2ch.net/test/read.cgi/new ... 196988342/
There was no known responses to the article, either.

Here are pictures of the flag (click to enlarge):
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It is a simple Hi-no Maru flag with inscriptions of about 30 people, giving sertain names and locations like Fukushima and Urawa.

Information on wich organisations or people should be contacted for the above case will be appreciated.
Russian discussion here.

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Re: Looking for veterans form Fukushima

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Re: Looking for veterans form Fukushima

Postby Van » 06 Apr 2008 03:29

Thank you, a letter was written to mr.Nishiha.

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Re: Looking for veterans form Fukushima

Postby hisashi » 06 Apr 2008 04:30

This flag shows no name of recipient. All names on this flag seems those of message-writers. It is impossibly difficult to detect to whom this flag was given.

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Re: Looking for veterans form Fukushima

Postby Van » 06 Apr 2008 17:05

Yes, as far as I can also judge, there are only names of message-writers.
The present posessor hopes to find any people connected to this flag, their children or themselves.
As he states, there was a delegation in 1995 from Japan visiting the POW camp location were the flag has been, and they were looking for the flag but somehow could not find it. So there should be some people knowing about this particular flag in Japan.


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