Japan Renames Iwo Jima

Japan has changed the name of Iwo Jima, the island where one of world war two’s most brutal battles was fought.

The new name is Iwo To (pronounced toh).

The Japanese Geographical Society said the change reflects the original name given to the island by its inhabitants.

Iwo To will retain the same written characters and meaning “Sulfur Island,” but its pronunciation will be different.

The battle for Iwo Jima pitted some 100,000 U.S. troops against 22,000 Japanese soldiers.
Nearly 7,000 Americans were killed capturing the island and fewer than 1,000 of the Japanese would survive.

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