(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Text of report in English by Japanese news agency Kyodo
Narita, Japan, 19 April: A former Imperial Japanese Army soldier who was recently confirmed to be alive in Ukraine after going missing in Russia's Far East after World War II returned to Japan on Wednesday [19 April] for the first time in 63 years.
Ishinosuke Uwano, 83, and his son, Anatoly, 37, arrived at Narita International Airport aboard an Aeroflot plane and will stay in Japan through 28 April. Uwano will meet with his relatives in the town of Hirono, Iwate Prefecture, on Thursday, his first reunion since he was drafted in 1943.