A man cries before the Cornerstone of Peace at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 23, as Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the end of a major World War II ground battle that claimed over 200,000 lives. Photo: Kyodo A man cries before the Cornerstone of Peace at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 23, as Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the end of a major World War II ground battle that claimed over 200,000 lives. Photo: Kyodo
A man cries before the Cornerstone of Peace at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 23, as Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the end of a major World War II ground battle that claimed over 200,000 lives. Photo: Kyodo

Japan marks 75 years since bloody WWII Battle of Okinawa

  • One of the few ground battles fought in Japan during World War II, the battle killed a quarter of the island's population – but its has long been played down
  • Some say the huge death toll may have affected the US decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki one and a half months later

Topic |   Japan
A man cries before the Cornerstone of Peace at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 23, as Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the end of a major World War II ground battle that claimed over 200,000 lives. Photo: Kyodo A man cries before the Cornerstone of Peace at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 23, as Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the end of a major World War II ground battle that claimed over 200,000 lives. Photo: Kyodo
A man cries before the Cornerstone of Peace at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 23, as Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the end of a major World War II ground battle that claimed over 200,000 lives. Photo: Kyodo
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