War-displaced woman from China to have DNA test
A war-displaced Japanese woman currently on a visit to Japan from China will undergo a DNA check to determine if she is related to a Japanese man who may be her elder brother, the Japanese government said on Thursday.world Updated: Nov 19, 2009 18:51 IST
A war-displaced Japanese woman currently on a visit to Japan from China will undergo a DNA check to determine if she is related to a Japanese man who may be her elder brother, the Japanese government said on Thursday.
Qu Meiqin, 64, met with the man, for about an hour Thursday morning. But no firm clues to establishing any link between them were found, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare officials said.
Neither Qu nor the man had any clear memories of their childhood days in China, they said, adding the results of the DNA test will be known in about two months' time.
Qu, who was left behind in China by her Japanese family when she was an infant, arrived in Japan on Tuesday.
She is the only member of the latest tour arranged by the Japanese government, the smallest number since it launched a program in 1981.
A number of Japanese infants were separated from their families and amid the chaos at the end of World War II.
The ministry says it has become difficult to recognize Japanese nationals stranded in China as war-displaced and to confirm their identities due to the aging of their relatives as well as limited material evidence and information.