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Island fortified against attacking armies besieged by plastic trash

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Tomogashima, an uninhabited island off the city of Wakayama, is known as "Yosai no Shima" (island fort) for its military structures that were installed during the Meiji Era (1868-1912).

The old artillery batteries, now overgrown with moss, make Tomogashima look like the floating island of Laputa in the 1986 Japanese animated fantasy-adventure film "Castle in the Sky."

While I thoroughly enjoyed the island's other-worldly sight, I could not take my mind off the massive amount of garbage that had washed up on the shore.

"This is nothing new. Ever since I was in primary school, I've been coming to the island to pick up trash," said Masanori Ineno,........

© The Asahi Shimbun