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Okinawa group wants to return war photos

Date Posted: 2007-06-28

The Okinawa History Study Group has World War II era photographs on display, and now wants to return the originals to their owners.

The NPO Foundation chairman, Shizuo Kishaba, says there are number of photographs given to the Okinawa History Study Group in the days immediately following the war’s conclusion, and they’ve provided insights into the wartimes. Now, he says, it’s time to give back the originals, and his organization is searching for surviving relatives of the donors.

Alden Prijun was an 83-year-old when he gave photographs to the NPO group. One of the five pictures, of a mother and baby, is inscribed on the back “7 month old baby. 1941 October. Took picture of this baby and mother. Name is Michiwa Chieko.” The picture has an official stamp of a Japanese soldier inspector, Nobuo Shinso, listed as an Army lieutenant general.

Two other pictures are of the Showa generation at Takamine factory left side, with Representative Oshiro Morihiko. Another picture was of a movie star. Prijun told NPO officials the pictures had been given to him by former Don Dancer, age 82.

The Okinawa History Study Group is asking anyone who thinks they know the origin of the pictures, or the people in them, to call their office at (098) 895-7109.

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