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JCP Koike offers flowers to ex-POWs in Siberia and Mongolia


Japanese Communist Party Secretariat Head Koike Akira offered flowers at a memorial service for the former Japanese prisoner-of-war internees in Siberia and Mongolia.

The annual ceremony takes place on the day when the then former Soviet leader Stalin issued a secret order after WWII for the internment and the deportation of about 600,000 Japanese soldiers, including Koreans, Taiwanese, and Chinese "Japanese soldiers", resulting in more than 60,000 deaths from hunger and the harsh forced labor conditions.

(Aug.23, Tokyo)

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