Memorial to Japanese killed on WWI ship to be unveiled in Wales

UK-Japan News June 2018

A memorial to victims of a Japanese merchant ship sunk in the closing days of World War I will be established in Wales, The Japan Times reported on 13 May.

One month before the armistice was signed, a German U-boat in the Irish Sea torpedoed the Hirano Maru, with the loss of more than 200 sailors and passengers. A number of bodies washed ashore in Pembrokeshire.

The memorial in Angle will be unveiled on 4 October, and representatives of Nippon Yusen K.K., the vessel’s shipping company, and the Embassy of Japan in London will attend.