Not sure if this post belongs here or not, but I was curios to see if everyone was as shocked as I was by this.
Not all that long ago I was at a militaria show where I was talking to a dealer about his Japanese relics. It seems this person ventures to the battlefields of the Pacific in search of relics. He was telling me that the caves at Peleui are particulalry good picking as they are largly ignored. He then showed me several photographs of Japanese skeletons that he found in a nearby cave. Being facinated with battlefield archaelogy, I questioned him at length on the grim find. It turns out that this person actually took both skeletons back to the states with him!! I was shocked and appalled that someone would do that! These are human remains and should be treated with respect. I chastized this individual for having not only desecrated a final resting place, but in effect, looted a war grave! He acted like it was no big deal at all, which is all the more revolting. I have to question the morals of some of these militaria vendors if they stoop to that level.
In doing a bit more research, it turns out that the trade in human remains as a souvenir is not new. During WW2, Japanese skulls were taken as trophys and prizes. There was even a famous photo in Life magazine of a woman back in the states who was writting her sweetheart a thank you note for the Japanese skull he sent her. I suppose attitudes were different back then towards the treatment of enemy remains, as it seems to be in every war. Be that as it may, the removal of human remains from a wartime grave or a battlefield should not be allowed unless the remains are transfered to a proper military cemetary. Again, this is my opinion, but it seems that most decent people would probably agree with this.