Japan marks 70th anniversary of Battle of Okinawa 


June 23, Okinawa: Japan is marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa – one of the bloodiest episodes in the Pacific during World War Two.

About 5,000 people including Japan‘s prime minister Shinzo Abe and the U.S. ambassador to Japan have gathered at a monument to the fallen in the southern city of Itoman to pray and lay flowers.

About 80,000 Japanese soldiers died and more than 100,000 Okinawans were killed or committed suicide during the 82-day battle with Allied forces. More than 12,000 US troops also died on the island, about 340 miles (550 km) south-west from mainland Japan.

Many civilians were among the people who died in the fighting on Okinawa in the final months of World War II.

The Oslo Times


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