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Iwo Jima

(ē`wō jē`mə, ē`wô), officially

Iwo To

(tō), volcanic island, c.8 sq mi (21 sq km), W Pacific, largest and most important of the Volcano IslandsVolcano Islands,
Jap. Kazan-retto, island group, c.11 sq mi (30 sq km), W Pacific. The group consists of three islands, of which Iwo Jima (Iwo To) is the most important. The highest peak (3,181 ft/970 m) is on Minami-iwo-jima.
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. Mt. Suribachi, 546 ft (166 m) high, on the south side of the island, is an extinct volcano. The main industries were formerly sulfur mining and sugar refining, but since World War II the island has been a military base. During the war Iwo Jima was the site of a Japanese air base, and it was taken (Feb.–Mar., 1945) by the United States at great cost to U.S. and Japanese forces. A photograph of U.S. marines raising the flag over Mt. Suribachi, which they called Meatgrinder Hill, is one of the most famous images of the war. Iwo Jima was occupied by the U.S. until 1968, when it was returned to Japan. Historically known to its residents as Iwo To, the island was called Iwo Jima by the Japanese navy officers who fortified it during World War II; both names mean Sulphur Island. The island was officially renamed Iwo To in 2007.

Iwo Jima

 

an island in the East China Sea, one of the northernmost Ryukyu Islands. Iwo Jima is a possession of Japan. The active Iwo Jima volcano, which is more than 701 m high, is located on the island. There are sulfur deposits.

Iwo Jima

inspiring American triumph in the Pacific (1945). [Am. Hist.: Leonard, 472–480]
See: Battle

Iwo Jima

an island in the W Pacific, about 1100 km (700 miles) south of Japan: one of the Volcano Islands; scene of prolonged fighting between US and Japanese forces until taken by the US in 1945; returned to Japan in 1968. Area: 20 sq. km (8 sq. miles)
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military in Japan will hold the bulk of its nighttime landing drills for carrier-based warplanes on Iwojima, the city of Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture -- home to the U.
TOKYO - An underwater eruption may have occurred around Minami Iwojima Island after the Japan Coast Guard confirmed a change in the color of the water in the area, the coast guard said Monday.
The vessel was some 870 kilometers south-southwest of Iwojima.
officials have already announced their intention to hold the drills on Iwojima, but Friday's announcement made it clear that the issue had been agreed upon by both Washington and Tokyo, Yamato Mayor Kimiyasu Tsuchiya said.
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The warplanes, that have been conducting takeoff and landing drills on Iwojima, are to join the 81,123-ton aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk of the U.
Administratively, Iwojima is part of the village of Ogasawara, Tokyo.
TOKYO - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi expressed willingness Tuesday to visit Iwojima for a government war memorial service June 19.
Tsuchiya told McNamara the city decided to resume the ties in light of the fact that the Navy conducted drills on Iwojima, a remote island 1,500 kilometers south of Tokyo, in February following a request by the city.
Marine Corps Futemma Air Station in Okinawa relocated to Iwojima Island about 1,200 kilometers south of Tokyo.
In 1991, part of the drills was diverted to a training facility on Iwojima Island, also uninhabited and about 1,200 km south of Tokyo.
aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk have been conducting NLP at the Atsugi base and on Iwojima Island, an island about 1,200 kilometers south of Tokyo.