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U.S. veterans claim to have been exposed to toxic defoliant used in eight military facilities in Okinawa during the 1960s and 1970s.

U.S. veterans claim to have been exposed to toxic defoliant used in eight military facilities in Okinawa during the 1960s and 1970s.

August 7, 2011 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

More than 100 veterans who were stationed on the United States military bases in Okinawa during the 1960s and 1970s have claimed compensation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for damage to their health caused by exposure to a highly toxic defoliant containing dioxin. These men had worked spraying, storing and transporting the defoliants.
According to VA official documents, an Air Force veteran and others...

 

Quartz fragments and human remains excavated at Sakitari Cave, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City

Quartz fragments and human remains excavated at Sakitari Cave, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City

August 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The staff of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum held a press conference at the excavation site in Sakitari Cave, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City, on August 4, announcing that they have unearthed three fragments of quartz and one piece of human bone (tooth)....

Children from Fukushima and Okinawa release baby loggerhead turtles

Children from Fukushima and Okinawa release baby loggerhead turtles

August 4, 2011 Yoshiya Hokama of Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 9:00pm on July 28, between 20 and 30 loggerhead turtles were identified as having hatched near the seashore at Ogimi Village. Turtle eggs had been deposited in the grassy area near the shore, and because many of the hatched baby turtles...

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