Japan marks 70th anniversary of Battle of Okinawa
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