Families Mourn JAL Jet Crash Victims on 32nd Anniversary
Ueno, Gunma Pref., Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--Family members of victims of the 1985 crash of a Japan Airlines <9201> jumbo jet went on a memorial hike to the mountainous disaster site on Saturday, its 32nd anniversary, pledging efforts to prevent the accident from being forgotten.
The family members and other people connected to the victims climbed the 1,565-meter-high Osutaka Ridge in the village of Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, to pay their respects at memorial markers for individual victims that are placed along the steep 800-meter trail, wishing that a similar accident will never happen.
While thinking of the victims, the mourners made a promise to hand the story down to future generations in order to prevent the tragedy, which left 520 people dead, from fading with time.
Risako Uchino, 57, from Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, had avoided visiting Osutaka Ridge for years since she lost her 54-year-old father, Shinjiro Minami, in the crash, visiting other places on her father's death anniversary. But she started taking part in the annual memorial hike in 2004 after interactions with other bereaved families.
This year, Uchino built a stone burial marker for her father to replace a wooden one.