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The 70th anniversary of the Battle of Saipan was marked Sunday by a ceremony that drew around 400 participants, including former Japanese and U.S. soldiers.

Hitoshi Kikuchi, head of the Consulate General of Japan on Saipan, part of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth, was among those in attendance to mark the major battle, which claimed the lives of about 30,000 Japanese and 3,300 Americans.

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