We first made contact with Keiko via the British Embassy in Tokyo in March 2010. We had asked
the Embassy if they new of any way that we could visit Japan and hopefully go to the site where Linda's Father Arthur Jones was a POW. Within a matter of weeks of making our initial contact she had
incorporated us into the group that she was taking to Japan in October 2010. Whilst in Japan we visited a number of places where POW's were held each of these had a memorial for the POW's who were
held here. The final place was where Linda's Father was held in Omi camp 13b Niigata prefecture but sadly no memorial. It was during our visit that we decided that we would like to see a memorial in
the area where the camp was located in honour of the sixty POW's who died there (58 British and 2 American ) and not forgetting those who survived and returned home to continue their lives like
It was early in 2014 that we heard that the company who the POW's worked for were willing to
erect a memorial close to where the camp was located. We then contacted Keiko and asked if she could do something to help us so that we could attend the unveiling. As usual she came back to us with
her proposal which we very gratefully accepted. On the 6th September 2014 we and two sons of POW's also held at the same camp attended the ceremony for the unveiling. During the unveiling
ceremony speeches were made and it was Keiko who translated the speech that Kevin made.
We are sure those family members along with us who attended the
unveiling will agree Keiko is a remarkable lady because without her this memorial may not have been achieved.
Since getting to know Keiko we have made a number of friends both British and Japanese
and still keep in contact with most of them.
We cannot say how grateful we are for the help this lady has given us and the many other POW's
and their families like us.