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1,852 more Japanese war dead laid to rest at Tokyo cemetery

JIJI

The remains of an additional 1,852 unidentified Japanese who died during World War II were laid to rest at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward in a memorial service Monday.

Among the remains were those recovered in and brought back from Russia and Iwo Jima under a Japanese government project.

Iwo Jima, recently renamed Iwoto Island, was the site of a savage battle fought in early 1945 between Japanese and U.S. troops.

The number of war dead honored at the cemetery now totals 369,166.

Prince Hitachi, the younger brother of Emperor Akihito, attended the ceremony, which was hosted by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who filled in for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Katsunobu Kato, offered flowers at the ceremony.

According to the ministry, some 2.4 million Japanese died overseas during the war. The government started the project to recover the remains in 1952. The remains of about 1.13 million people have yet to be collected.

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