Japan plans war museum in a Manipur hillock

Kenji Hiramatsu

Kenji Hiramatsu  

Site held Japanese camp during Second World War: envoy

Japan plans to build a war museum in a hillock at Maiba Lokpa in Bishnupur district of Manipur where a Japanese camp was located during the Second World War, the country’s Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, said here on Sunday.

Mr. Hiramatsu said about 70,000 Japanese soldiers died from March to June in 1944 during battles in Imphal and Kohima. He said the mortal remains of those soldiers would be located for the last rites, seeking the cooperation of the people in the region.

The Ambassador said that 25 persons from Nagaland and Manipur would be invited to visit Japan.

A seminar would also be organised in November to help students interested in pursuing studies in Japan.

Welcoming the museum plans, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh promised assistance to the Japanese government for implementing the project.

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