The procedure for the return of such artifacts is as follows. As stated in No. 3 below, please do not send the item to The Consulate General before the investigation is completed:
- Email, mail, or fax the completed REQUEST FORM to The Consulate-General of Japan in Hagatna along with photos or photocopies of the artifact. Any identifying markings should be enlarged and clearly legible. Complete details, including how and where the item was recovered, are crucial to the success of the investigation and should therefore be described in full on the REQUEST FORM. In the absence of inscriptions indicating the name and address of the original bearer of the artifact or aforementioned details, reaching a conclusive outcome will be highly unlikely. Please be advised that all photos and photocopies of the artifact(s) cannot be returned.
Consulate-General of Japan in Hagatna
ATTENTION: WWII Artifacts
P.O.Box AG Hagatna ,GU 96932
- The materials will be forwarded to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan for investigation. Investigation typically take several months, but in some cases may take a year or more to complete.
- You will be notified as soon as the investigation is conclusive. You will then be asked to send or bring the artifact(s) to Consulate-General of Japan in Hagatna. The Consulate-General of Japan in Hagatna will only receive the actual items at this stage of the process and only if the item has been traced back to its origin. Due to rigid legal codes, military swords must be sent directly from the individual requesting the investigation to the original bearer of the artifact or their surviving kin.
- The Consulate-General of Japan in Hagatna can only accept requests from individuals residing within its jurisdiction, which includes GUAM. Those residing in other areas are asked to contact their regional Consulate office (http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/consulate-guide.html)
Request for Investigation of Lost Articles: WORD, PDF