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Zero fighter in Myanmar

After 70 years from the World WarⅡ, there's a Japanese man who has been working on excavation of the remains of the war dead in Myanmar.
His name is Katsuyuki Imoto, a Buddhist monk.
After the War, there still lay 45,000 sets of remains in Myanmar.
For a long time, there were civil conflicts between Myanmar government and small ethnic minorities, and that had stopped excavation from progressing.
Imoto went into Myanmar to help the minorities in the midst of the conflicts.
He strived to bring Myanmar government & ethnic minorities together, and eventually two sides agreed to make the Peace negotiations.
For the thankful return, the minorities offered their support for the excavation.
Imoto began the excavation in the area where no foreigner had been allowed to enter.
And together with the support of people in Myanmar, Imoto has excavated 1,890 sets of remains.
Their work even moved Japanese government.
After a long silent period, Japanese government took one big step- that is to enact a law to promote collection of remains of the war dead.
Now, officially, collecting & retrieving remains of the war dead in Myanmar has re-started.


Katsuyuki Imoto

At the age of 28, he became a Buddhist monk.
January 2011, he went into Myanmar and he strived to unite leaders of the anti-government ethnic minorities into UNFC (United Nationalities Federal Council).
People in Myanmar saw Imoto going into the area with no fear for the minorities, and they call him "Zero fighter".
Imoto translates this “Zero” as to Buddhist belief “Sunyata” meaning emptiness, voidness.