Mass Graves Of Japanese Soldiers Unearthed On Iwo Jima Island

October 23rd, 2010 - 6:17 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
jimaTokyo, Oct 23, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Japanese island of Iwo Jima which is known to be one of the most significant battle zones of the Second World War is in the news once again after searchers have found two mass graves in the site. The mass graves that have recently been discovered by the Japanese searchers is estimated to comprise of the remains of as many as 2,000 soldiers who were killed in the Second World War.

The news that the mass graves have been discovered at Iwo Jima has been confirmed by the health ministry of Japan, who looks after the search initiatives on the island. The Japanese health ministry has revealed that from the remote island around 51 bodies have been discovered and two sites which are believed to burial grounds have been found. However, the health ministry was not able to ascertain the potential size of the mass graves at Iwo Jima. The team of searchers who conducted the operation to find the remains of the Second World War soldiers were scheduled to submit their findings to the office of the Japanese Prime Minister on Friday. However, the news first came to light when it was reported by a news agency in Japan which added that the search operation commenced earlier this month on the basis of specific information that are gathered from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

The discovery of the remains is definitely going to provide a major impetus to find the bodies of around 12,000 of Japanese soldiers who continue to remain missing and presumed dead after the bloody battle of Second World War on the island.

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