Japan PM vows to find WWII dead on Iwo Jima

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IOTO, Japan -- In a rare visit to Iwo Jima, Japan's prime minister offered prayers at two recently discovered mass graves and vowed to find remains of 12,000 fallen soldiers still missing on the remote island after some of World War II's fiercest fighting.

Kneeling in a deep pit with dozens of remains spread out before him, Naoto Kan clasped his hands in prayer Tuesday and then helped searchers exhume a badly decayed set of bones swathed in a faded green body bag. Workers said it was one of more than 20 found on Tuesday alone.

"We will examine every grain of sand," Kan said. "It is hard to imagine from the beauty of the island today what happened here 65 years ago."...

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