26-year-old obituary brings Japan woman to Taiwan to seek roots

26-year-old obituary brings Japan woman to Taiwan to seek roots

Japanese woman, daughter-in-law of a local man, has come to Taiwan to seek out her family's ancestral roots with only an obituary from 26 years ago as guide.

Yonemura's father-in-law, surnamed Yang, is a Taiwanese man who used to live in the Pingzhen District of Taoyuan in his early years. During the Japanese occupation, Yang moved to Japan for work, got married there and had children.

One of Yang's two children eventually married Yonemura. Yonemura, an Osaka resident, lost her husband last year. After his death, the family wanted to travel to the Pingzhen District to find Yang's ancestors.

Yonemura only has an obituary mailed to her 26 years ago from Pingzhen. She hoped to use this notice to find her relatives living in the district.

The taxi driver transported Yonemura and her family to Pingzhen's local police station. A warmhearted police officer helped them use the 26-year-old address to find the current one, and also found Yang's distant relatives.

When Yang's relatives heard of this news, they went to the police station to receive Yonemura and family.

The relatives lead Yonemura and her two children to their ancestor's resting place to burn incense, thus fulfilling their wishes.

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