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REPATRIATED TO JAPAN: Above, Japanese representatives anddescendants of Mr Wakaomi at the Japanese War Cemetery.Photos: MAYU KANAMORI 2015
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Michiaki Wakaomi.

THE ashes of a former Japanese prisoner of warburied in the Japanese War Cemetery have beenrepatriated to Japan.

In September last year the family of MichiakiWakaomi travelled to Cowra from Japan for thevery first exhumation to take place at the cemetery.

His family were told two years ago his finalresting place was in Cowra.

Since then they’ve been engaged in diplomaticnegotiations to try and repatriate him.

Cowra mayor Bill West said the exhumationhad to be dealt with great sensitivity.

The exhumation took place, Cr West said,after an approach from Mr Wakaomi’s family.

Cr West said the exhumation was kept lowkey due to “the sensitive nature of the matterand the need to pay our respects to all who havethe cemetery as their final resting place”.

Mr Wakaomi’s ashes were buried at theJapanese War Cemetery in 1964.

Cr West explained that Mr Wakaomi, whofought in the Imperial Japanese Army, fought inNew Guinea before he was captured.

He became one of more than 2000 Japanesesoldiers interned across Australia during WorldWar II.

He died a POW in 1945 after spending time ina Victorian camp.

He was among the hundreds of 523 Japaneseburied at the Cowra cemetery, 234 from theCowra Breakout.

Cr West said it was important that no otherremains at the cemetery were disturbed duringthe exhumation and scanning took place toensure Mr Wakaomi’s ashes were in fact buriedin the place marked as his grave at the cemetery.

He said this process at least confirmed thelayout of the cemetery is correct.

“We were able to locate his ashes and thefamily took some of his ashes, but not all, backto Japan,” Cr West said.

“The remainder were appropriately reinternedat Mr Wakaomi’s grave at the JapaneseWar Cemetery.”

Dr Keiko Tamura, a research associate at theANU School of Culture History and Language,in an article of ANU Reporter said “the family’swish was to partially repatriate his ashes to hishome temple in Nagano.

Mr Wakaomi was in line to become a headpriest of a Buddhist family if he had survivedthe war.

“Wakaomi’s family lobbied the Japanese andAustralian authorities relentlessly,” Dr Tamurasaid.

“For his family, the fact he had stated his realidentity during the interrogation was proof ofhis desire to return home and the repatriationof his ashes was to be his homecoming after 70years.

“The ashes were located after eight hours ofdigging and taken back to Nagano,” Dr Tamurasaid.

Australia’s ambassador to Japan is believed tohave attended the ceremony at Nagano.Cr West said Cowra Shire Council views theexhumation as a one off.

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