The Peace Memorial Park gives a careful account of the suffering of Okinawan people before, during and after the Battle of Okinawa until the present including reversion from control of USA to Japan in 1972. The displays, depictions, models and film with English audio guides give a sense of the awful experiences of the people before during and after the war. The Japanese aimed to suppress the language and culture of Okinawa. The battle all but destroyed the island. More civilians died than did soldiers. They lived in refugee camps and were very poor for years after the war. They protested for human rights and land rights against the Americans until reversion to Japanese rule in 1972. The memorial to all the dead in the gardens with their names set in stone is hard to grasp in its extent.
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