Okinawa “5/15 Peace March” cancelled for first time to prevent spread of novel coronavirus


Last year's "5/15 Peace March" event for drawing attention to the importance of peace on the afternoon of May 18, 2019 in Kadena Town

March 25, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 25 the Okinawa Peace Movement Center (Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro) held an action committee meeting, at which it was decided that the 43rd 5/15 Peace March would be cancelled.

This is the first time the peace march has been cancelled. The rally, which was to be held on the final day of the event, was also cancelled. These actions were taken as measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In 2011, when the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, the scale of the event was reduced.

The 5/15 Peace March is held every year to draw attention to the importance of peace. The event spans 3 days, falling around May 15 when Okinawa was returned to mainland Japan.

During the event, participants from both within Japan and overseas gather to march in various places in Okinawa, the marches being mainly centered in the surroundings of U.S. military bases and the old battlefields from the Battle of Okinawa.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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