Memorial ceremony for detainees criticizing the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
Former detainee representatives said that a ceremony was held in Tokyo to commemorate those who died after being detained by Siberia, etc. There were many voices criticizing the response of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
August 23 is the day when the “Siberian Detention” began, when the former Soviet Union issued a command to transfer former Japanese soldiers and civilians to Siberia, etc. 74 years ago. Then, a group made up of former detainees held a memorial ceremony.
Regarding the remains of Siberian detainees, NHK's interviews have revealed that allegations that the delegation of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has miscollected the remains of the Japanese people have been revealed by NHK. It has not been released for more than a year and a half since receiving the report.
An official from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reads a greeting from the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare regarding a series of issues, `` The procedure was done properly, but as a result, the results of the appraisal were different, so we started discussions with Russia. I want to work quickly in the future. "
In the ceremony, former detainee representative Shinji Shinseki (93) said, “This is not a level of correctness of the collar or a sense of tension. I should have criticized the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Opposition "regret" "lazy"
At the memorial ceremony, attending opposition lawmakers strongly criticized the MHLW's series of responses.
“The regret is that the fact should not have been made public despite the alleged misconceptions,” said the government, who is a member of the House of Representatives of the Constitutional Democratic Party. I should respond. "
National Democratic Party Secretary General Hirofumi Hirano said, “It has become clear that the remains of the repatriation from Russia are not Japanese. The heart and heart of grief and anger of the former detainees and the bereaved family. The government urges the government to renew its sincere and sincere efforts to collect the remains, including the response to this matter.
“The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare did not reveal the facts until NHK reported it, and did not convey it to the Russian side. It was inevitable that it was negligent and concealed. I should have apologized here, and it was necessary for the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare to come and apologize. "
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare dispatched remains collection team without waiting for verification results
As for the remains of Siberian detainees, experts who conducted DNA tests on the remains collected by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's delegation as Japanese belong to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in December and August last year. It was clarified in the minutes that NHK had been reporting one after another.
Of these, the remains of 70 people collected in 2000 were revealed to have been brought back without being judged by experts who judge whether they were Japanese or not. More than half have not been announced.
For this problem, the root of Health, Labor and Welfare Minister of this month 8 days, "the future, one month was instructed to proceed with the verification work in prospect," but I said, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare this month 19 days of the midst of the verification work and 20 days Two ashes were dispatched to Kazakhstan and Siberian Khabarovsk region.
According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare regarding dispatching at the stage where the verification results were not given, “There is also a map showing the burial ground, and since 2018, the appraisers have been accompanied by the Japanese side, so the dispatch is considered appropriate. "
However, Mr. Mamoru Akagi, an NPO that collects the remains as a member of the expert meeting of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, said, “I am satisfied with the attitude of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, which does not leave it alone even if a mistake is pointed out. "At least until the verification results are obtained, the collection of remains in Siberia should be interrupted."