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Filipina-Japanese seek help in finding family

Date Posted: 2009-07-16

Seven Filipina-Japanese are in Okinawa, searching for clues to their family roots.

The seven, all children born from relationships between Japanese men and Filipina women in the Philippines during World War II, are searching for details about their identities. Three are already happy with results uncovered during their Okinawa visit, but the other four are frustrated. All are over 60 years of age.

One woman, 69-year-old Norma Kumiko Nakasone, says “My father was killed by Philippine military guerillas, and at that young age my life began being so miserable.” She says “Filipinas began bullying me because of my Japanese name and my being Japanese, but I didn’t want to lose my Japanese name even if I have a hard life.” Nakasone says, though “I don’t have any clue to identify my father, who is from Okinawa. I even have an Okinawan name and I want someone to help me.”

Another, 63-year-old Mili Omine, says “I want to find even a small bit of my family’s information.” She and the others say it’s important to know their family roots, and speak strongly of their connections to Okinawa. The seven are seeking assistance from the Japanese government for some relief.

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