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WWII military caves discovered in Ginowan

Date Posted: 2002-01-04

Junior high school students in Ginowan City have discovered caves in Ganeko that were used as shelter by the Japanese military during World War II The city's Board of Education is investigating the sites as valuable historical resources. Yuta Shimabukuro, a second-year student at Kakazu Junior High School who had heard about the caves from his uncle, enlisted the help of two classmates and had been searching the Ganeko area since the beginning of the second semester. They located the caves on Dec. 21 and took pictures, which they then brought to school.

The existence of four caves was confirmed, each having an entrance measuring two-and-a-half meters in height and a total length of 15 meters. In addition, 40 to 50 metal shell-like objects were found near the caves・entrances. Some of the caves have two mouths with markings on the walls saying "Entrance" and "Exit." Entry to the caves is currently prohibited as the shells are suspected of being unexploded ordnance.

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