Hanoi (VNA) - Japan will resume a project in October to recover remains of Japanese soldiers who were killed during the war in the Philippines, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced on September 28.

The project, which was suspended in 2010, will see a group of personnel dispatched to the Philippine main island of Luzon from October 9-17 to look for the remains of Japanese troops. They will also interview local residents in areas where Japanese soldiers were possibly buried, the ministry said.

Japan will send another group to Manila to receive the remains of the war dead, once they are verified through DNA analysis.

The project was put on hold due to the possibility that bones other than those of Japanese nationals were mistakenly collected, but the governments of Japan and the Philippines signed a memorandum of understanding in May to resume the project.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, about 370,000 sets of remains of Japanese troops who died in the Philippines during World War II are still in the Southeast Asian country.-VNA