The Japanese flag that Japanese soldiers took to the battlefield during the Pacific War was later discovered in the United States, and was returned to his family in Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture on the 16th, 77 years after the end of the war.
The flag that was returned was that of Taisuke Matsumaru, who was born in Ichikawa City and died at the age of 98 after fighting in New Guinea as a ship engineer.
This flag was kept by Bill Bussey (75), who lives in Massachusetts and is the son of Oliver Bussey, a former U.S. Marine who died 29 years ago. It was delivered to Ichikawa City Hall through the NPO "OBON Society" (Obon).
On the 16th, Taisuke's son Yuichi (71) and others received the flag from Mayor Kou Tanaka.
The flag is 66 centimeters high and 83 centimeters wide, and although it is torn and the colors are blurred, it contains words of prayer for victory and the names of family members and local people, such as Taisuke's wife.
At the handover ceremony, a message from Mr. Bill was also introduced, saying, "I am very happy to be able to return this flag to my family."
Yuichi said, "I'm really glad that I came back from America with the flag that shows the traces of my father's hardships. I want to donate it to the city so that more people can see it and have an opportunity to think about the importance of peace." was