Former politicians and teachers gather at Cape Hedo to discuss the reversion movement
April 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo
On April 15, a discussion group consisting of former politicians and teachers involved in the reversion movement carried out their annual clean-up and repainting of the movement monument at Cape Hedo. Afterwards a meeting was held to discuss the fact that 40 years have passed since the reversion. The participants commented that U.S. military bases still remain in Okinawa and nothing has really changed apart from their passports.
In 1995, the repainting of the inscription of the monument was initiated by a leader of the group, 76 year-old Kazuo Uehara, who was concerned about letters the fading away.
Besides Uehara, residents of Kunigami Village and Ogimi Village Hiroyasu Chibana, Seiji Yamashiro, Hironobu Ota, Kenichi Kinjo, all in their sixties and seventies, participated in the meeting.
Yamashiro reflected on his memories of before the reversion when he took his children to Cape Hedo and looked across the sea, saying, “Over there is our motherland. You are Japanese.”
But at the same time, Ota said, “I am not happy that the reversion still leaves military bases in Okinawa. I feel that I am Ryukyuan rather than Japanese.”
(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)
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