Torpedo Attack Victims Remembered on 75th Anniversary in Japan

Society Culture

Naha, Okinawa Pref., Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)--A memorial service was held on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Tsushima Maru Japanese evacuation ship, torpedoed by a U.S. submarine during World War II.

Some 550 attendees, including survivors and bereaved families, prayed for the victims in front of the "Kozakura no To" cenotaph in Naha, the capital of the southern Japan prefecture of Okinawa.

"I wonder how hard it was to be trapped in a dark cabin under scorching heat," Masakatsu Takara, 79, head of a group to remember the attack, said in an address he made during the service as a representative of the survivors. "We'll continue to seek a world free of war."

On the night of Aug. 22, 1944, the Tsushima Maru sank off Akuseki Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, due to the attack, after leaving Naha for the southwestern prefecture of Nagasaki.

Of the 1,788 people aboard, mainly school kids, 1,484 lost their lives.

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