Japanese group to visit kin's graves in N. Korea in Sept.

A group of Japanese citizens will visit North Korea from Sept. 15 to 23 to pay their respects at the graves of relatives who died there around the end of World War II, the group said Friday.

The Association for Families to Retrieve Japanese Remains in DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) announced the plan, reflecting members' hope to visit North Korea within this year. Japan's Foreign Ministry earlier said it would not be able to sponsor a trip for that purpose in the near future.

The association also said it will invite experts from North Korea to attend symposiums in mid-October in Tokyo, Kyoto and Fukuoka on grave visits.