Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A Japanese group is combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information it hopes will lead to the graves of Americans still listed as missing in action on the Pacific island of Saipan.

Kuentai-(KOO'-en-tye)-USA — which normally searches for the remains of Japan's war dead — says it's racing the clock: A developer plans to begin construction in the fall on a condominium near the beach where scores of American soldiers died in Japan's largest mass suicide attack of the war.

The group has found the remains of at least two American fighting men near the construction site and believes as many as 16 others are buried nearby.

The Pentagon says developers on Saipan are subject to stringent historic preservation laws, and if a suspected burial site is found to be in imminent danger, it will send in a recovery team.

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