Discovery of Japanese stealth sub stirs up the ghosts of war in Australia

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The discovery of a Japanese submarine that wreaked havoc with the wartime Australian psyche has divided opinion.

For 64 years the remains of two young Japanese sailors have lain in their undiscovered steel coffin — a midget submarine — not far off Sydney’s crowded northern beaches.

The amateur divers who found the M24 have opened up a debate about what should be done with the remains of Sub-Lieutenant Katsuhisa Ban and his navigator, Petty Officer Mamoru Ashibe. Even their families cannot agree on whether they should be raised and returned to Japan.

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