THE first reunion of four Japanese siblings with their Filipina-Japanese aunt turned emotional at the F. Bangoy International Airport Friday morning.
The grandchildren of late Genichi Miyazato, namely, Tsuyoshi, 55, Shigeru Taira, 67, Hiroshi, 64, and Katsuko Minei, 60, all from Okinawa, Japan, together with representatives from Nippon Foundation and Japanese media arrived around noon Friday.
The four were in Davao City to visit their aunt Conchita Miyazato-Basilan, 73, of Digos City, Davao del Sur, the only surviving offspring of their grandfather, Genichi, who was a Japanese cook during the World War II.
“I feel sorry for my aunt Conchita. It took us a very long time to see her,” Tsuyoshi said as translated by Rika Taniguchi of Hello World Tour in Philippine Nikkei-Jin Kai Inc.