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For Minako Toguchi, every summer would bring on an identity crisis.

As a child growing up in Okinawa, the site of the biggest land battle to take place on Japanese soil during World War II, she was often taken on school trips during the summer to war memorials, including Himeyuri Cenotaph in the south of the island, where the deaths of more than a hundred schoolgirls who worked as war nurses are commemorated.

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