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Editorial: We must pass down war experiences and build peace 75 years after Battle of Okinawa

June 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventy-five years have passed since the Battle of Okinawa, which took many precious Okinawan lives and destroyed the unique culture created by our forefathers. On this Okinawa Memorial Day, we want to inherit the experiences of the Battle of Okinawa with the testimony of battle survivors and messages sent to us from battle remains engraved in our hearts, and pledge to construct a foundation of peace-building.

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Gov. Denny Tamaki vows to work for world peace on Okinawa Memorial Day

Gov. Denny Tamaki vows to work for world peace on Okinawa Memorial Day

June 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

This year’s Okinawa Memorial Day marked the 75th anniversary since the end of the Battle of Okinawa. The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held the annual memorial day service to honor the war-dead on June 23 at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman...

Ishigaki City council votes to rename Tonoshiro to Tonoshiro Senkaku in a move expected to increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors

Ishigaki City council votes to rename Tonoshiro to Tonoshiro Senkaku in a move expected to increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors

June 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Ishigaki – The Ishigaki City Council (Hideyuki Taira, president) passed a resolution to rename an area under the city’s authority that contains the Senkaku Islands from “Tonoshiro” to Tonoshiro Senkaku” by majority vote during their final...

Okinawa survey results show 61% oppose Henoko relocation, 18% support Abe administration

Okinawa survey results show 61% oppose Henoko relocation, 18% support Abe administration

June 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 16 the Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV), and JX News Agency finished jointly conducting a prefectural opinion survey in which respondents were asked to assess the issue of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) contstruction in Henoko...

Surviving WWII student-soldiers pray for peace during memorial ceremony

Surviving WWII student-soldiers pray for peace during memorial ceremony

June 19, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 18, a WWII gakuto-tai alumni association held a memorial ceremony to honor their fallen classmates at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City. The gakuto-tai association comprises alumni from 21 schools that were mobilized by the Imperial Japanese...

Coronavirus: Itoman Hare cancelled but the gong rings through the fishing village at dawn

Coronavirus: Itoman Hare cancelled but the gong rings through the fishing village at dawn

June 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Itoman – At approximately 5 a.m. on June 18, the ringing of the gong that signals the coming of Itoman Hare Dragon Boat Race season was held at Santinmo in Itoman, Itoman City. Around ten citizens had gathered to watch over the event and pray for safety of fishers...

Governor Tamaki contrasts the decision to abandon the Aegis Ashore missile defense deployment stating, “Henoko is an even more wasteful project”

Governor Tamaki contrasts the decision to abandon the Aegis Ashore missile defense deployment stating, “Henoko is an even more wasteful project”

June 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki met with reporters at the Okinawa prefectural office the morning of June 16, where he commented on Japan’s June 15 announcement that they were abandoning their Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system deployment...

Okinawa Peace Memorial Foundation removes reference to “sacrifice for the nation” on website explanation of National War Cemetery

Okinawa Peace Memorial Foundation removes reference to “sacrifice for the nation” on website explanation of National War Cemetery

June 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

As of June 12, the Okinawa Peace Memorial Foundation has deleted from its website the wording “eternally houses the remains of war dead who sacrificed their lives for the nation in a time of national peril” as an explanation of the National War Cemetery of Okinawa....

Craftsmen refresh Peace Prayer Statue ahead of Okinawa Memorial Day

Craftsmen refresh Peace Prayer Statue ahead of Okinawa Memorial Day

June 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Mabuni, Itoman City—the Peace Prayer Statue, enshrined in the Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall (Heiwa Kinendo), was dusted down during a “cleansing” ritual on June 11, days ahead of the Okinawa Memorial Day for the War-dead which falls on June 23. The number of...

The night sea glitters with countless life as table coral lay their eggs all at once in this captivating photo taken off the coast of Ginowan

The night sea glitters with countless life as table coral lay their eggs all at once in this captivating photo taken off the coast of Ginowan

June 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the Janabishi coral reef, around one kilometer from the Ginowan Marina in Ginowan, the table coral and midori-ishi coral in the reef were seen releasing all of their eggs at once at around 10:20 p.m. on June 10. Toru Higaonna, 47, who runs a diving shop in Naha,...

JGSDF construction resumes in Ishigaki, but local residents voice their concerns

JGSDF construction resumes in Ishigaki, but local residents voice their concerns

June 11, 2020 by Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki – The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) resumed construction of a base in the Omata neighborhood of Hirae-Omata, Ishigaki June 10, as part of a larger plan to deploy the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to the region. On that day, loud construction...