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Yomitan villagers pray for eternal peace 71 years after US forces landed

Yomitan villagers pray for eternal peace   71 years after US forces landed

April 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, 1945, 71 years ago, U.S. forces landed on the beach of Yomitan Village. On a radio program in the afternoon, Mayor Denjitsu Ishimine called for residents to remember the lessons of war: “We should not forget the day, April 1, and we would like to pray for eternal peace.”

Many residents offered silent prayers for the war dead as sirens sounded in the background.
Twenty-six members of an Okinawan traditional music group visited...

 

Man finally finds remains of sister killed during Battle of Okinawa

Man finally finds remains of sister killed during Battle of Okinawa

May 5, 2015 Reiko Akamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

Battle of Okinawa survivor Shigeru Hoshikado, 84, of Urasoe city, on May 3 successfully located what is believed to be the remains of his younger sister, with the help of a volunteer group dedicated to recovering the remains of the war dead. His sister...

Battle of Okinawa testimony documentary film to be screened

Battle of Okinawa testimony documentary film to be screened

September 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From September 28 at the Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman City, the Okinawa Prefectural Government will screen a documentary film featuring 350 Battle of Okinawa survivor testimonies.

To mark the film release, on September 28 a symposium was held with...

People vow to pass on lessons from tragedy

People vow to pass on lessons from tragedy

June 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23, the day commemorating 68 years after the battle of Okinawa ended, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and Assembly held the Okinawa Memorial Service for all the war dead at the Peace Memorial Park, Mabuni in Itoman. Those present prayed for the souls of...

Victims of the Battle of Okinawa sue the government

December 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Civilians and bereaved families who were victims in the Battle of Okinawa have sued the government, seeking an apology and damages of 11 million yen per person. This group lawsuit is referred to as the Nuchi-do-Takara court-case, which in the Okinawan dialect...

People of Koza Orphanage hold memorial service

People of Koza Orphanage hold memorial service

March 27, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 26, the Okinawa Municipal Historiographic Office held a memorial service for the children who died between 1945 and 1949 in the Koza Orphanage, which was located in what is now the Sumiyoshi area. Twenty-two people who lost their parents and spent their...

Disposal of unexploded ordnance carried out at Shuri High School

March 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 12:00pm on March 4, in the grounds of the Shuri High School, Naha, a Self-Defense Force bomb disposal team disposed of an unexploded WWII U.S. Navy 8-Inch shell (about 118 kilogram, 90 centimeters long and 20 centimeters in diameter). Last November, workers found...

Former Governor Ota opens an exhibition hall on the Battle of Okinawa – “War is Ugly” is his message

Former Governor Ota opens an exhibition hall on the Battle of Okinawa -

March 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 5, former Governor of Okinawa and member of the House of Councilors Masahide Ota opened an exhibition hall of the Battle of Okinawa in the Ota Peace Research Institute in Naha. Through the years, the 86 year-old pacifist scholar and prominent politician...

Piano’s peaceful melodies heard in the former battlefield

Piano’s peaceful melodies heard in the former battlefield

January 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 29, a concert using a piano that was damaged by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima was held at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman. Michihiko Ota, who lives mainly in Okinawa and the Kanto region, and several other musicians performed....

War victim group seeks to establish a war victim assistance law

War victim group seeks to establish a war victim assistance law

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 14 at the prefectural government offices, a war victim group filing a collective lawsuit with the central government for an apology and compensation to civilian casualties in the Battle of Okinawa, made its stance clear on a war victim assistance...

OPG to set up an explanation board about the former 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter at Shuri

November 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A committee of five experts set up by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) and chaired by Professor Yoshifumi Ikeda of the University of the Ryukyus, held its second meeting on November 22 in which they drafted a description to be used on an explanation board...

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