Our story takes place in Okinawa, southwestern Japan. During World War II, Okinawa was the scene of a horrific ground battle. 200,000 tons of shells rained down. Even now, roughly 60,000 unexploded devices are found in Okinawa every year. It is said that removing them all will take some 70 years. One man has dedicated his life to finding undetonated munitions that still lie buried. We followed his challenge of forty years. (This program was broadcast on August 2, 2022.)
Roughly 60,000 unexploded devices are found in Okinawa every year.
Before any public construction can go forward in Okinawa, a magnetic survey has to be conducted.
Sunagawa Masahiro is a magnetic survey specialist.
In Okinawa, after the war ended, it’s thought that roughly 10,000 tons of undetonated explosives remained in the ground. More than 700 people have fallen victim to these munitions.