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Late Japanese policeman's descendants come to Taiwan to mourn

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Descendants of a Japanese policeman who was killed in Taiwan over 100 years ago went to the crime scene yesterday to mourn their great grandfather, Pingtung County government said.

According to the Pingtung County government, the 36-year-old Japanese police officer named Hayashi Yoshisaburo was killed in Pingtung 115 years ago while chasing a suspect in Caotan area.

Hayashi Yoshisaburo's 57-year-old great grandson Hayashi Hideomi and 83-year-old grandson Hayashi Shigeru went to Hengchun Township in the company of officials from the Household Registration Office and a 91-year-old local Hengchun resident to mourn Hayashi Yoshisaburo at the old address of the police station where he used to work.

According to Pingtung County government, Hayashi Yoshisaburo was a guard for the Japanese Prime Minister, and he was a master in the use of swords. The Japanese government built a monument in Hayashi Yoshisaburo's hometown for later generations to pay homage.

The Pingtung County government said that Hayashi Yoshisaburo's story is documented on the monument.

Hayashi Yoshisaburo's grandson asked Pingtung County Magistrate Tsao Chi-hung's (曹啟鴻) Japanese friend to look for his grandfather's grave and where he was killed.

Officials of the Hengchun Township's Household Registration Office spent over a month visiting local elders, Pingtung County government said, and they eventually learned from a 91-year-old local resident where Hayashi Yoshisaburo used to work and where he was killed.

According to the local, Hayashi Yoshisaburo's body was buried by some of the local people, but the location of his grave is unknown.

Hayashi Hideomi and Hayashi Shigeru said that they really appreciated the Pingtung County government for helping them to accomplish their mission so they finally had the chance to mourn their relative.

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