Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

Dr. Masayuki Ohkado, from the Faculty of General Education, Chubu University, Japan, has just published an article entitled “A Case of a Japanese Child with Past-Life Memories” (Journal of Scientific Exploration, 2013, 27, 625–636; for reprints write to the author:

Dr. Masayuki Ohkado

Dr. Masayuki Ohkado

Here is the abstract:


This article presents the case of a Japanese child who claims to remember his past-life memories. The case shows the pattern frequently observed in Cases of the Reincarnation Type (CORTs) extensively investigated by Dr. Ian Stevenson and others: At the age of three, the child started to talk about a life he claimed to have lived before, and showed behavior that is unusual in his family and unexplained by his current life, but that apparently matches the “past life;” he also showed a strong desire to go back to his previous mother. His memories, however, began to fade at about the age of seven and were almost completely gone when the child was interviewed at the age of nine. The unusual character of the present case is that the place the child claimed to have lived in is far away from his current place of residence. Despite the detailed information the child has given, the case is unsolved at present. The main contribution of this paper will be to report virtually the first Japanese CORT since the 19th century case of Katsugoro, one of the 44 cases that inspired Dr. Ian Stevenson to begin researching the topic.

The author concludes: “Despite the subject’s detailed statements concerning his past life, the search for his past-life personality has not been successful and the case is ‘unsolved.’ However, some of the highly specific information the subject gave and the unusual behavior the subject showed are strongly indicative of the paranormal nature of the present case. The overall pattern of the development of the case showsthat CORTs can be observed in modern Japan.”