The Shirase appeased the spirit of dead soldiers killed in the Second World War off Leyte, Philippine
The Shirase, Japan's Antarctic expedition vessel, appeased the spirit of dead soldiers killed at the Second World War on the ocean, off Leyte on the way to move to the South Pole. (Nov 14, 2009)
Adm. Mitsuo Koume, the captain of the Shirase, said "We respectfully sacrificed the word of the sorrow to spirits of dead soldiers for the mother country". And he made an offering of flowers. A Marine Self-Defense Force official fired a blank.
Leyte was Japan's last-gasp effort to stop the U.S. invasion of the Philippines at the Second World Wars.Leyte is most famous for its role in the reconquest of the Philippines in the Second World War. On 20 October 1944, General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on Leyte, saying "I have returned". However, the Japanese did not give up so easily, as the ensuing Battle of Leyte proved, and convergence of naval forces resulted in the four-day Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history.
The Shirase left from Harumi, Tokyo on Nov 10 and will cross the equator line on Nov 17.
Battle of Leyte Gulf (WikipediA) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Leyte_Gulf
Leyte (WikipediA) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leyte
KYODO TSUSHIN 2009/11/14 19:52 : http://www.kyodo.co.jp/