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    TOKYO — Japan has changed the name of the Pacific island of Iwo Jima to the original name of Iwo To given by locals, who have become disenchanted with the popularization of its modern-day moniker by such movies as Clint Eastwood's recently released "Letters from Iwo Jima."

    The new name in Japanese looks and means the same as Iwo Jima — or Sulfur Island — but sounds different, the Japanese Geographical Survey Institute said.

    The institute announced the name change on Monday after discussing the issue with Japan's coast guard. An official map with the new name will be released Sept. 1.

    Iwo Jima was the site of the World War II battle immortalized by the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal of The Associated Press of Marines raising the American flag on the islet's Mount Suribachi.

    Before the war, however, the volcanic island was known as Iwo To by the 1,000 or so civilians who lived there.

    They were evacuated in 1944 as U.S. forces advanced across the Pacific. Some Japanese navy officers who moved in to fortify the island mistakenly called it Iwo Jima, and the name stuck. After the war, civilians weren't allowed to return and the island was put to exclusive military use by both the U.S. and Japan, cementing its identity.

    Never satisfied that the name Iwo Jima took root, locals took action in March after the release of Eastwood's two films "Letters from Iwo Jima" and "Flags of Our Fathers" spotlighted the misnomer.

    "Though we're happy for Iwo To, which has been forgotten by history, the islanders are extremely grieved every time they hear Iwo To referred to as Iwo Jima," the local Ogasawara newspaper reported at the time.

    Ogasawara, the municipality that administers Iwo To and neighboring islands, responded by adopting a resolution making Iwo To the official reading. Residents and descendants of Iwo To evacuees petitioned the central government to follow suit.

    "These people are now scattered nationwide and are not able to go back to Iwo To," said the survey institute's Mitsugu Aizawa. "These people have said that the place is originally called Iwo To and their claim lead to this revision."

    Today the only inhabitants are about 400 Japanese soldiers.

    The 1945 battle for Iwo Jima pitted some 100,000 U.S. troops against 22,000 Japanese deeply dug into a labyrinth of tunnels and trenches. Nearly 7,000 Americans were killed capturing the island, and fewer than 1,000 of the Japanese would survive.

    The Americans occupied the island after the war, and returned it to Japanese jurisdiction in 1968. The U.S. Navy still uses an Iwo To airstrip to train pilots who operate from aircraft carriers.
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    Pearl Harbor should have changed its name--especially after Michael Bay's crappy film.
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    Looks like us Americans have riled yet another country eh?

    I think everybody's always gonna call it Iwo Jima anyways. Kinda late in the game to try and change it now.
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    How is going back to it's original name rewriting history?

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    It's their island, I guess they can do what they want. If we could have skipped it in WWII we would have.

    Kinda disrespectful to all of their soldiers who died defending a place called "Iwo Jima", our guys died defending America. You'd think Japan would understand that.

    It's not like you can just go there whenever you want to, it's a Japanese military outpost and you need written premission.

    Still, it's better than "Hello Kitty Island"
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    Should have changed it to "Marines own this shit". It sounds better and is historically accurate.

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    100,000 US troops versus 22,000 Japanese troops, with nearly 7,000 American troops killed. Good thing Harry Reid wasn't around or he would have declared the battle a victory for the Japanese.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willy4pres View Post
    Should have changed it to "Marines own this shit". It sounds better and is historically accurate.
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    Japan owns the island, so they can call it whatever they want, like it has been said. Everyone else will still call it Iwo Jima.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LegallyInsane View Post
    100,000 US troops versus 22,000 Japanese troops, with nearly 7,000 American troops killed. Good thing Harry Reid wasn't around or he would have declared the battle a victory for the Japanese.
    And the Dixie Chicks would devote an entire album to the 20,000 dead Japanese. But would they also be embarassed to call Franklin Delano Roosevelt their President?

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