Australia will open up to divers the wreck of a Japanese minisubmarine that famously attacked Sydney harbor during World War II, after winning support from Tokyo, authorities said Monday.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the event — which sparked public hysteria in the city — New South Wales Environment Minister Robyn Parker said controlled diving access would be allowed.
“Diver access will be on a trial basis and the move is strongly supported by both the Commonwealth and the Japanese governments,” she said in a statemen
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The sunken wreck of a Japanese World War II submarine was found partially buried in the seabed of a Papua New Guinea harbor during a search for unexploded munitions, Australia’s military said Friday.
Australian and New Zealand warships found it 55 meters underwater while working in the area to clear WWII-era explosives Thursday, a Defense Department statement said.
Simpson Harbor is in the town of Rabaul, which was a major Japanese base on the northeast coast of the South Pacific nation.
The wreck is partially buried in sand but upright. Australian navy historians had concluded from underwater images that the wreck is Japanese, the statement said.
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