Abe was visiting Iwoto
Island some 1,250 kilometers south of Tokyo, previously known as Iwojima island and the scene of one of the fiercest battles between Japan and the United States during World War II, to attend a memorial service.
TOKYO - Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday the remains of possibly 822 Japanese soldiers have been found on Iwoto
Island in fiscal 2010, the largest number in 40 years.
carrier-borne aircraft landing drills to the uninhabited island of Mage from Iwoto
Japan holds ceremony on Iwoto
Island to honor war dead
Prime Minister Naoto Kan will visit Iwoto
Island, also known as Iwojima, on Tuesday to inspect the government's ongoing efforts to recover the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in World War II, government officials said Wednesday.
KAGOSHIMA, Japan - A total eclipse of the sun was observed Wednesday on and around Iwoto
Island, and a partial eclipse delighted many in western Japan, but most other people in Japan were disappointed as weather prevented them from witnessing the first such event in decades.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan expressed his intention Saturday to visit Iwoto
Island, where the government aims to recover the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in the closing days of World War II, but did not elaborate on when he might make the trip.
Meanwhile, a SDP project team that deals with Okinawa military base issues has decided to back down on its proposal to move the Futemma functions to Iwoto
Island, also known as Iwojima, team chairman Kantoku Teruya said.
Shimoji told reporters after the meeting that Hirano asked the members to come up with ''a feasible plan'' and dismissed the plan advocated by the SDP of moving the facility to Iwoto
Island, otherwise known as Iwojima.
The 12-member party, which forms the tripartite coalition with Hatoyama's Democratic Party of Japan and the smaller People's New Party, called for an immediate closure and return of the land used for the Marines' airstrip as well as its relocation to Iwoto
Island or Guam.