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    Iriomote Jima 西表島 Okinawa Prefecture Japan
Location
Iriomote Jima is located in the Yaeyama Islands (Yaeyama Island Group) in the Sakishima Islands of Okinawa Prefecture in Japan. Also known as Iriomote Island, Iriomote-jima, Irïmutii or Iriumuti. Iriomote Jima is the largest island in the Yaeyama Islands (Yaeyama Island Group) and the second largest in Okinawa Prefecture. Surrounded by the East China Sea. Borders Kohama Island (Kohama Jima) and Ishigaki Island (Ishigaki Jima) to the east.

Wartime History
During World War II, many residents of Ishigaki Island were forcibly made to take refuge on Iriomote.

Sonai 祖納
Located on the western coast of Iriomote Jima. Also known as Sonai Town, Sōnō or Sono.

Marumabonsan Island (Marumabonsan Rock)
Small island to the south of Sonai.

Funauki 船浮
Located on the western coast of Iriomote Jima. Also known as Funauke, Funaki, Hunauke.

Postwar
At the end of the Pacific War, American forces occupied Iriomote Island. On June 17, 1972 Iriomote and all of Okinawa Prefecture was returned to Japan.

References
NARA "War Diary Marine Air Group Fourteen 1 July 1945 to 31 July 1945" page 8-9
(Page 8) "Weather conditions again limited activities until 21 July when 24 Corsairs [VMF-212 and VMF-223] unloosed 180 rockets and more than 22,000 rounds of ammo at targets of opportunity on Iriomote Shima. Objectives included a barge southeast of Sonai town, building in the town itself, a 75 to 100 foot lugger in Funauke Ko and a larger ship, possibly a Sugar Baker in Funauke Kita Wan, and building in Funsuke town. Barracks at Raemi, southeast of Iriomote, and buildings on Uchi,..."
(Page 9) "...Hanare Shims were also attacked. While specific results were unobserved, 164 of the rockets struck in the target area and all objectives were thoroughly strafed."

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May 21, 2019

 

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