Names added to 1945 Okinawa Battle monument in Japan

The names of 181 people recently reported as victims of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa have been added to a monument in the southern Japanese prefecture.

A peace memorial park in Itoman City, Okinawa Prefecture, houses the cenotaph, called "The Cornerstone of Peace." It has plates engraved with the names of more than 240,000 people who died in the fighting.

The park is located where the last major combat took place.

Workers on Wednesday added three new plates inscribed with the names of the people reported as victims in the past year. The work came ahead of Okinawa's Memorial Day on June 23.

The monument now bears the names of 242,225 victims.

Prefectural officials say that this year's addition consists of the names of 24 people who were natives of the prefecture and 157 from other prefectures.

The officials say those from other prefectures include crew members aboard the battleship Yamato of the now-defunct Imperial Japanese Navy. It was sunken by the US military on its way to Okinawa.

The officials say the victims also include crews on other ships commandeered by the Imperial military.

Waniya Koji from the prefectural office said heavy rain hampered the work but he is glad it could be finished in time for the memorial day.

He said he wants more people in and outside of the prefecture to know about Okinawa's wish for peace through the prefectural effort.