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First memorial service held for 12 Okinawan POWs who died in Hawaii

First memorial service held for 12 Okinawan POWs who died in Hawaii

June 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chie Tome reports from Hawaii

On June 4 local time, at Jikoen Hongwanji in Honolulu, a memorial service was held to mourn 12 Okinawan POWs who died in Hawaii. The 12 were among many Okinawans who were held as prisoners of war in the Battle of Okinawa and transferred to Hawaii by the United States military.

It is the first time a memorial service for Okinawan POWs has been held in Hawaii.

More than 200 people, including two ex-POWs, bereaved...

 

72 years after the US military landed on Zamami Island, villagers honour victims of “Group self-determination” and vow never to repeat war

72 years after the US military landed on Zamami Island, villagers honour victims of

March 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 26, 2017, 72 years after the “group self-determination” (compulsory group suicides) took place on Zamami Island during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, villagers visited the Heiwa-no-To peace memorial and joined their hands in prayer.
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Anti-Henoko activist released after being detained for more than 3 months

Anti-Henoko activist released after being detained for more than 3 months

March 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 8, 66-year-old Hiroshi Inaba, who has been active in the protest against construction of the new base in Henoko, Nago, which is part of the relocation of the U.S. Futenma airfield in Ginowan, was released after being detained in the Naha Detention Center...

Sanshin Day: citizens perform traditional music and dance in front of Henoko gate, as protesters resolve to use the power of culture to stop new US base

Sanshin Day: citizens perform traditional music and dance in front of Henoko gate, as protesters resolve to use the power of culture to stop new US base

March 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Henoko New base construction Sanshin Day

On the morning of March 4, Sanshin Day, an Okinawan musical instrument concert was held in front of gate of Camp Schwab at Henoko, Nago, where citizen groups have been staging a sit-in-protest against construction...

Don’t destroy the beautiful Henoko sea : 450 people protest against construction of new US base both on sea and land

Don’t destroy the beautiful Henoko sea : 450 people protest against construction of new US base both on sea and land

February 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of February 18, in Oura Bay, Nago, citizens protesting against new base construction associated with relocation of the U.S. Futenma airfield in Ginowan to Henoko, held a parade on the water using 10 ships and 22 canoes.

The parade on Oura...

Public Security Intelligence Agency’s report claims Ryukyu-China programs aim to divide country

Public Security Intelligence Agency's report claims Ryukyu-China programs aim to divide country

January 18, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s Public Security Intelligence Agency claimed in its latest report that China was moving to deepen its ties with Ryukyu (Okinawa) independence groups through academic exchanges, and that it could be a strategy to divide Japan by promoting favorable...

“The future is ours,” leader Yamashiro detained for protest against new US base calls for unity

December 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroji Yamashiro, the director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, who was arrested on October 17, has been prosecuted and is now being detained for his involvement in protests against new U.S. base construction in Henoko, Nago and Helipad construction in the...

Icon of Henoko movement Muneyoshi Kayo passes away

Icon of Henoko movement Muneyoshi Kayo passes away

November 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 8:45 a.m. on November 3, Muneyoshi Kayo, who was a member of sit-in protest group “Inochi wo mamoru kai,” which protests the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago, passed away at a hospital in Ginoza Village at the age of 94 due to pneumonia....

Plaintiffs’ groups for lawsuits over noise pollution from military bases in Japan condemn government’s attack against helipad protest in Takae

Plaintiffs' groups for lawsuits over noise pollution from military bases in Japan condemn government's attack against helipad protest in Takae

September 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Liaison Council of seven groups of plaintiffs filing lawsuits over noise pollution from military bases held its 4th general meeting on September 18 at Akisihima City Hall in Tokyo.

The council adopted a resolution to oppose military bases’...

War orphan stresses uniqueness of Battle of Okinawa at appeal court demanding apology and compensation from government

War orphan stresses uniqueness of Battle of Okinawa at appeal court demanding apology and compensation from government

September 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 6, at the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court, the first argument for an appeal trial in which plaintiffs are demanding an apology and compensation from the government to be granted to Battle of Okinawa war victims was held.

The government’s...

Tensions between protesters and riot police mount over construction of U.S. Marine Corps helipads in Takae

Tensions between protesters and riot police mount over construction of U.S. Marine Corps helipads in Takae

July 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 6:00 a.m. on July 11, one night after the Upper House election ended, the Okinawa Defense Bureau re-started preparation work for construction of U.S. Marine Corps helipads in Takae, Higashi.

About 100 riot police and about 20 security guards employed by...

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