The Japanese memorial to the country’s war dead on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. Photo: SCMP

Return to Iwo Jima: 75 years after US-Japan battle, what is the island like today?

  • With human remains still being found, the Japanese island is covered in sobering reminders of its bloody past
  • US marines regularly make the pilgrimage to the top of Mount Suribachi to remember their fallen countrymen
Topic |   Legacy of war in Asia

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The Japanese memorial to the country’s war dead on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. Photo: SCMP
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F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea in 2018. Photo: AP

What is the US Navy doing on Japan’s Iwo Jima, nearly 75 years after World War II?

  • While the island – where a key battle took place in 1945 – is sovereign Japanese territory, it is also a strategic facility for US and Japanese troops
  • For 20 years, US fighter pilots have used it to practise the high-pressure manoeuvre of taking off and landing on aircraft carriers
Topic |   Japan

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F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea in 2018. Photo: AP
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