More names being added to 1945 Battle of Okinawa monument

Work to add the names of recently identified victims of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa to a monument is underway in the southern Japanese prefecture.

The Cornerstone of Peace in a memorial park in Itoman City, Okinawa Prefecture, is inscribed with the names of more than 240,000 victims. The names of people newly recognized as victims are added every year in the lead-up to Okinawa's Memorial Day on June 23.

This year's work began on Wednesday at a stone mason shop in the city of Nanjo. The names of 55 newly recognized victims are being engraved on a black stone plate about 1 meter high and 2 meters wide.

Of the 55 victims, 27 were natives of Okinawa Prefecture. The rest were from other prefectures.

The monument will bear the names of a total of 241,686 people.

An official of the prefectural government, Arakaki Ko, said the names of previously unidentified war victims are added every year. He vowed to make every effort to identify as many victims as possible.