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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan visits Iwo Jima, prays at grave sites

AP moved these images shot today at Iwo Jima by AP photojournalist David Guttenfelder. Read more on Prime Minister Naoto Kan's visit to Iwo Jima HERE and for a PhotoBlog interview with David Guttenfelder about his experience photographing in Afghanistan click HERE.

David Guttenfelder / AP

The hulls of destroyed ships lie in the surf along the coast of Iwo Jima island on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. In a rare visit to Iwo Jima, now known in Japan as Ioto, Japan's Prime Minister offered prayers at two recently discovered mass grave sites and vowed to find the more than 12,000 fallen soldiers whose bodies have yet to be recovered from the remote island where some of World War II's fiercest fighting took place.

David Guttenfelder / AP

Japanese officials take photographs of one another in front of a World War II era Japanese canon on Iwo Jima island on Tuesday.

David Guttenfelder / AP

Helmets and other belongings of Japanese soldiers, who died in the battle for Iwo Jima, lie in the dirt on Tuesday as people exhume the remains of a mass grave site.

David Guttenfelder / AP

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows at a mass grave site on Iwo Jima island on Tuesday where officials discovered the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in the battle for Iwo Jima.