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Monday, 25th October 2010
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Team discovers Iwo Jima battle graves

A number of remains have been found on the site of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Kyodo News reports a special government-backed team has discovered the bodies of potentially 51 Japanese soldiers.

The bodies were found at two sites on the island of Iota and were found as a result of information contained in documents held at the US National Archives and Records Administration.

Japan's prime minister Naoto Kan has been informed of the discovery after work conducted by the team in two locations - a runway at the Self-Defense Forces' base in the central part of the island and the base of Mount Suribachi in the south of Iwoto.

The next stage will be to conduct a complete excavation of the two sites, with the full details of the findings to be released towards the end of the year or start of 2011.

The Battle of Iwo Jima started on February 19th 1945 and ended on March 26th the same year when the US forces captured the area from Japanese forces.

Written by Mark Smith.