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Japanese group holds annual memorial services on Saipan, Tinian

TWENTY-SIX members of the Japan War Bereaved Families Association led by Masanobu Tahara visited Saipan and Tinian for their annual memorial service that honors Japanese civilians and soldiers who died in the NMI during the war.

On Monday, the memorial service was held at the Okinawa Peace Memorial in Marpi and was attended by Japan Consul Kinji Shinoda, Japan-NMI Descent Association president Norman T. Tenorio, Japanese Society of NMI chairman Masato Tezuka and Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion.

The memorial ceremony on Tinian was held on Saturday.

Japan War Bereaved Families Association members with Japan Consul Kinji Shinoda, Japan-NMI Descent Association president Norman T. Tenorio and Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion.Japan War Bereaved Families Association members with Japan Consul Kinji Shinoda, Japan-NMI Descent Association president Norman T. Tenorio and Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion.

Masanobu Tahara, center seated, with other members of the Japan War Bereaved Families Association, Japan Consul Kinji Shinoda, Japan-NMI Descent Association president Norman T. Tenorio and Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion.Masanobu Tahara, center seated, with other members of the Japan War Bereaved Families Association, Japan Consul Kinji Shinoda, Japan-NMI Descent Association president Norman T. Tenorio and Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion.

In his remarks, Tahara said they are praying for the spirits of the Japanese people who perished in the war; and for peace and harmony.

Shinoda, in an interview, said the association members’ fathers, mothers or other family members  resided on Saipan or Tinian during the war.

He said the annual ceremony is very significant because the younger generations in Japan do not know that much about the war.

Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion with members of the Japan War Bereaved Families Association.Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion with members of the Japan War Bereaved Families Association.

Masanobu Tahara, leader of the Japan War Bereaved Families Association, pays his respects to the Japanese people who died in the war.  Photos by Junhan B. TodiñoMasanobu Tahara, leader of the Japan War Bereaved Families Association, pays his respects to the Japanese people who died in the war. Photos by Junhan B. Todiño

But the Japan War Bereaved Families Association has a huge membership in Japan, and it continues to hold annual events, he added.

However, some of the members are too old to travel, and some may find it difficult to visit the NMI because of the lack of direct Japan-NMI flights, he added.

The NMI was administered by Japan from 1914 to 1944.