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Japan | Government struggles to keep WWII monuments open as managers get too old to continue

ITOMAN, OKINAWA PREF. – As Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday marks the 73rd anniversary of the end of the bloody Battle of Okinawa, the prefecture faces increasing difficulties in preserving memorials for about 200,000 victims of World War II. Amid a graying population, the managers of the memorials, who have long maintained the historic sites, are becoming too old to continue their work.

A prefectural government survey in 2012 found that 39 of the 440 war memorials in the prefecture have become difficult to maintain, partly due to the absence of owners and inheritors.


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