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April 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
On April 12, an unveiling ceremony was held at the Yunapachiku Shelter in Ie Village where a monument was created to commemorate a forced mass suicide that occurred during the Battle of Okinawa. About 30 people including Mayor Hideyuki Shimabukuro and 80-year-old survivor Chieko Namizato offered incense sticks and made a silent prayer for the war dead.
Quoting from Namizato’s book, the inscription on the monument says, “A tragedy in which about 80...