On Friday, Terry Mills, the new chief minister of Australia‘s Northern Territory, decided that it’s finally time to honor the Japanese who have fallen in battle during the bombing of Darwin. It’s been 70 years since that tragic event and the consensus between Australian, Allied and Japanese veterans is to move forward and be mature about this decision.
The Darwin bombing of 1942 took the lives of 250 Australians and 133 Americans on the first day of the raid as well as two Japanese. 80 of the Japanese were killed just outside of Darwin Harbor when their submarine was under attack.
A delegation of Japanese naval officers joined by Terry Mills, Captain Takuya Ito, from Japan’s Defence Attache and Darwin Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim laid wreaths at the city’s cenotaph. The delegation also laid wreathes at the memorial to the USS Peary, an American warship sunk by the Japanese.
Taking part in the 2012 Exercise Kakadu war games will be ships and aircrafts from Japan as well as other countries like Brunei, France, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. The Japanese company, Inpex, have invested $34 billion into constructing a gas project in Darwin and the beneficial possibilities play a positive role in this challenging decision.
[via Daily Telegraph]
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