Japanese Memorial Service: Relatives pay respect in Labuan Peace Park

PHOTO: SEATED from left, Mohd. Zamri, Kazuo, Hiroko, Bashir and Mahathir are seen with the group members during the memorial service.

November 1, 2016

LABUAN – A group of 20 people from Japan War-Bereaved Families Association came all the way from Japan to attend the memorial service at Labuan Peace Park today.

The group leader, Kazuo Azegami who was also the executive director of Nippon Izokukai and also the member of the association did organize the memorial service trip to Labuan annually.

“All the group members coming to this memorial service are from Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, Gunma and Saitama,” he said.

The group members were aged between 60 to 80 years old and they were the family members coming to pay respects to their relatives those killed in Borneo during the World War II.

Also joining the group was the new head of Consular Office of Japan based in Kota Kinabalu, Hiroko Matsuo who was appointed for the position since March this year.

Apart from the memorial service, Hiroko made the official visit to Labuan Corporation’s chief executive officer’s office.

Before coming to this island, the group were in Miri and Brunei.

Labuan Memorial Service was the biggest and important ceremony for the visiting group before they departed to Kuala Lumpur today and heading back to Japan on tomorrow.

Besides the memorial service, they did also visit to SMK Pantai to donate some books and did tour around the island.

The Japan War-Bereaved Families Association was set up to represent the interests of relatives of the deceased armies during the World War II.

The association had explored almost all provinces and prefectures in Japan to trace the descendents of World War II armies those died in Borneo during the war.

Also present were the chairman of Labuan Corporation (LC) Advisory Council, Datuk Bashir Alias, the deputy chief executive officer of LC, Mohd Zamri Mohd Esa and the director of LC Tourism Department, Mahathir Abd Hamid.

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