Brothers Reunited In Japan After 6 Decades

Published January 23, 2012 1:36PM (EST)

KYOTO, Japan (AP) — Japanese-American Minoru Ohye traveled all the way to Japan to celebrate his 86th birthday with his only brother, whom he had not seen in nearly 60 years.

The brothers were born in Sacramento, California, but were separated as children after their father died and they were sent to live with relatives in Japan.

When they hugged in a hotel room Monday and exchanged gifts of California chocolate and Japanese sake, they no longer even spoke the same language.

About 10 years ago, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a service organization for U.S. veterans, found Ohye a spot in the Eskaton Wilson Manor home for the elderly. An Eskaton program that grants a wish called "Thrill of a Lifetime" got Ohye back to Japan.

By Salon Staff

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