It's said that victims of war die a second time if their remains aren't returned to their families. This is the case for over one million Japanese nationals who were killed during World War II. And recent reporting has revealed serious flaws in the government's repatriation efforts.
The award-winning 2019 program and related reporting by NHK triggered a change in government policy. The English version is edited to reflect this development.
Anthropologist Narasaki Shuichiro has been committed to identifying as many remains as possible
Ito Hisao, 86, continues to hope for the return of his family's remains
Bones have been burned on-site without a proper identification process