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Japanese war orphans reunite with adoptive Chinese families

(People's Daily Online)    13:41, July 13, 2015


A delegation consisting of more than 50 Japanese war orphans arrived at Harbin Railway Station in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang province on July 11. The delegation will visit their adoptive Chinese families during the WWII. Holding flowers, the Chinese families had been waiting to welcome their "Japanese children" at the station for a long time. When the delegation walked out of the platform, they hug tightly with their Chinese families. 

Japanese orphans in China consist primarily of Japanese children abandoned by Japanese invaders in the aftermath of World War II. According to Chinese government figures, more than 4,000 Japanese children were abandoned in China after the war, 90 percent in Inner Mongolia and northeast China. After the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations, the majority of Japanese orphans returned to Japan with the help of the Chinese government.

Cui Zhirong, over 90, is one of the Chinese adoptive mothers of Japanese war orphans. 70 years ago, she adopted a 3-year-old Japanese girl. Cui was excited to know the children came back to see their Chinese parents. She said there should be no more war to bring pain.

Keiko Tano was one of the Japanese orphans. When talking about her Chinese parents, she said with tears: "I come back to China to see the adoptive parents. Although mine have died, others are still alive. I had lived here for 50 years. China is my homeland. We are victims of the war. I wish there will be no more war and the friendship between China and Japan will last forever. "

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