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Tsushima-Maru survivor delivers lecture to elementary school pupils

Tsushima-Maru survivor delivers lecture to elementary school pupils

June 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12 at Nago Municipal Kube Elementary School, 79 year-old Keiko Taira spoke to a group of elementary school pupils about her experience as a survivor from the Tsushima-Maru, an unmarked Japanese passenger-cargo ship carrying hundreds of evacuated school children that was sunk in 1944 by the submarine USS Bowfin.

Taira said to the pupils, “Localized conflicts could still occur if people do not care enough about others. During your time at school,...


Japan-U.S. governments stick with the Henoko relocation – human rights of secondary importance?

February 9, 2012

On February 8, the Japanese and U.S. governments released a joint statement on revisions to the Realignment of U.S. Forces. The two governments agreed to put this in place ahead of the U.S. Marines’ transfer from Okinawa to Guam and separate from the current Futenma relocation...

New realignment plan for moving U.S. Marine to Guam will not be tolerated – the situation must not go from bad to worse

February 5, 2012

The governments of Japan and the United States have commenced consultation on the proposed revised plan in which the U.S. Department of Defense has suggested distributing some of the approximately 8000 U.S. Marines who were originally down to move from Okinawa to Guam to locations...

Japanese government should abandon the Futenma relocation plan

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The issue of the relocation and return of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa has reached a critical juncture.
In the United States, the Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed to cut the 150 million dollars tagged for the planned...

Pirate ship appears in a tree at Chubu Agricultural High School

Pirate ship appears in a tree at Chubu Agricultural High School

December 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine 12th grade students from the team recycle tree house in the landscape architecture course at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Agricultural High School completed a tree house in their schoolyard. This is the fourth one, finished at the end of November. It took about...

U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement needs to be revised for cases involving civilian employees of the military “on duty”

November 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese and the U.S. governments are discussing granting Japan jurisdiction in cases of crime or incidents involving civilian employees of U.S. military in Japan that have occurred “in the line of duty” when the United States authorities have difficulty...

Relocation of U.S. Marines in Okinawa to the United States is the logical option

November 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two American researchers, Mike Mochizuki and Michael O’Hanlon, have contributed an article to the website of CNN, America’s major cable news network, in which they advocate the relocation of the U.S. Marines in Okinawa to the United States.

Disgraceful absurdity
Now is the time to appeal to the international community

July 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

When talking about the relocation plan that has U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (USMCAS) Futenma moving to Henoko in Nago – something agreed to by both the governments of United States and Japan – Governor of Okinawa Hirokazu Nakaima stated, “I think that...

〈Editorial〉Open letter to Mr. Carl Levin

Ryukyu Shimpo Editorial: Open letter dated April 27, 2011 to Mr. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Dear Friends of the U.S. Congress,
We recommend that the United States Government implement a dramatic change in policy and remove the facilities at Futenma Air...

2012 Textbooks: All seven refer to “group suicide”

March 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 30, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology announced the screening results for junior high school textbooks to be used from the 2012 academic year.

With regard to the description of the battle of Okinawa in history textbooks,...