Mauri Iaareto yes Manabu is my Japanese brother we have worked together for years on Banaban issues. Manabu speciality is Japanese war history and he has done a lot of research on the war from Japanese side. We have travelled to Banaba together and he has been on Tarawa, Nauru and Banaba quite a few times.
He met with your father and did a video interview with him around 1995-97 in Tarawa.
Ko Raba for the gift Iaareto! Tikaroi! Yes there was a lot of work put in to that report covering all these issues and written in Gilbertese. We have a copy of the document and Manabu also took back a copy to Japan. I think I also scanned it into our archive file. I also conducted interviews with the old te I Matang BPC officials and workers and have their first hand accounts of what they did when they evacuated leaving all the poor locals and workers to be slaughtered.
With Banaban rehab coming up in the future might all be very handy to have this information for the future.
Mauri Iaareto a lot of the information in our book came out of a recent (1995-96) Kiribati govt report that they commissioned to take to Japanese and American govt to seek compenstation. I heard a rumour that KG did receive some Japanese govt money but this may have been confused with aid, so I cannot confirm this as the Banabans never heard anything about this at offical level. But that's not saying it didn't happen. Might be a good idea to make some enquires your end to see what you can find out.
The original report was written in Gilbertese and Ken just translated the sections relating to Banaba. This is where we got our list on the war dead for our book Te Ri Ni Banaba and some of the original first hand accounts. Other accounts were reported by old BPC and govt employees back at the time and we have all that information as well as the War records held in Australian govt archives here. We also have a copy of the Japanese commanders diary. Our Japanese friend has the japanese written copy and we have the translated English version.
Our book was a bit controversial in regards that we believe the Australian army actually destroyed Banaban villages after the war not the Japanese who looked after the Island. Do you ever rememeber you father mentioning if the Banaban villages were still there?