Japan honors Iwo Jima dead

10.17 IWO JIMA(NTV) Japanese relatives of Iwo Jima dead are honoring their loved ones 70 years after the epic World War Two battle.

About 100 people made the trip to the island south of Tokyo, including Governor Yoichi Masuzoe.

Some 20,000 Japanese and 7,000 American soldiers died in fierce fighting at the close of the war.

Japan’s forces had heavily fortified Iwo Jima to defend the Japanese mainland. Fighting raged for over a month.

Junko Ikeda’s grandfather died on the island.

She said the history of the battle should be handed down to future generations, adding the present peace was built on the sacrifices of the victims.

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