Posted by Eyedoc
With the help of Professor Yamanaka, the original report published on May 26, 1955 in Kanagawa News has now been found. It is preserved in the microfilm archives. Indeed, Shinsei Maru was recovered by Kitagawa Salvage Co from Japan and during the operation, about 300 sets of remains were found. The newspaper interviewed a Mr Bokawa of Yokohama who had been on board as one of the ship's officers. He confirmed that the deceased were medical draftees from Kaohsiung. In addition, the ship was attacked on Jan 12, 1945 at 7AM breakfast time. It received a bomb hit on the port side, another directly on Hatch No 2, and the starboard side was hit by an air-torpedo. The ship sank at 9:40AM.
According to the report, the hull of the wreakage was delievered to Vietnam as a compensation. It, however, did not mention anything about the fate of the remains. The Japanese Kosei-Rodo Ministry informs us that in July of 1966, five unidentified Shinsei Maru deceased were returned from Indochina to the Chidorigafuchi Boyen in Tokyo for burial; however, they do not have any information on the others. They do not seem to be even aware of the 1955 news report.
We will keep on trying.