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Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomes its 20 millionth visitor on 25th year anniversary

Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomes its 20 millionth visitor on 25th year anniversary

August 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 23, the Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomed its 20 millionth visitor since it opened in June 1989 in Itoman. Sayuri Watanabe, from Aichi Prefecture, who for the first time visited the museum, became the 20 millionth visitor. At the welcome ceremony, the curator of the museum Yoshiko Shimabukuro said, “We hope to convey to you thoughts of peace.”

Watanabe received a certificate and commemorative gift from the museum. She said, “It was my honor....

 

Former Fishery Cooperative President: “Don’t reclaim Henoko”

Former Fishery Cooperative President: “Don’t reclaim Henoko”

August 28, 2014 Yugo Okita of Ryukyu Shimpo

“Henoko and Oura Bay are the only remaining rich fishing grounds on the east coast of Okinawa. If we just sit by and watch the reclamation, the fishing industry of Okinawa will not survive long.” The self-proclaimed “Chief of the...

AV-8B Harrier II catches fire after emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

AV-8B Harrier II catches fire after emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

September 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 5:12 p.m.on September 4, the United States Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harrier II caught fire near one of its tires after an emergency landing. The aircraft is normally stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point but was temporarily relocated...

More than 400 people attend memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

More than 400 people attend memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

August 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

August 22 marked 70 years since the evacuation ship Tsushima-Maru carrying many school children was sunk by a U.S. submarine. At a memorial service held at the Kozakura-no-To monument in Wakasa, Naha, about 450 people, including survivors and bereaved families...

Photographs: the 60th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Bolivia

Photographs: the 60th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Bolivia

August 25, 2014 Masaaki Umeda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

This year marks the 60th year since Okinawans emigrated to Bolivia under the immigration plan by the Ryukyu Government. After 1954, 3,385 Okinawan people emigrated to Bolivia on 19 occasions over 10 years. The migrants established a community...

Poll finds 80% of residents favor stopping Henoko relocation work

Poll finds 80% of residents favor stopping Henoko relocation work

August 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV) carried out a telephone poll jointly on August 23 and 24 referring to the seabed drilling survey in Henoko, Nago. The Henoko bay area is the planned reclamation site for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma....

Nonprofit organization Japan Heart receives Okinawa Peace Award

Nonprofit organization Japan Heart receives Okinawa Peace Award

August 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Peace Award is given to individuals and organizations that contribute to making peace and nonviolence in the Asia Pacific region. The Okinawa Prefectural Government announced on August 20 that Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Japan Heart became the...

Ceremony for the 60th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Bolivia held

Ceremony for the 60th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Bolivia held

August 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year marks the 60th anniversary since Okinawans emigrated to Bolivia, and established their community by reclaiming dense forest. On August 17, a ceremony for the 60th anniversary of the immigration was held in Bolivia. The participants of the ceremony paid...

Monument for the 100th year of Okinawan immigration to Brazil unveiled

Monument for the 100th year of Okinawan immigration to Brazil unveiled

August 15, 2014 Masaaki Umeda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 13, an unveiling ceremony for a monument to commemorate the 100th year of Okinawan immigration was held in Campo Grande City, Brazil. The monument is 180 centimeters in width and 250 centimeters in height. The monument was built at...

Ten years since U.S. helicopter crashed into Okinawa International University: Students hold a symposium at university

Ten years since U.S. helicopter crashed into Okinawa International University: Students hold a symposium at university

August 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten years have passed since an American military helicopter crashed into Okinawa International University on August 13, 2004. On August 12, university students discussed the issues of the U.S. military bases in Okinawa at events held at the same university and...

Nobel Prize-winning author Oe’s memo directed to Okinawan atomic bomb survivors found

Nobel Prize-winning author Oe's memo directed to Okinawan atomic bomb survivors found

August 6, 2014 Mamoru Yasuda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe wrote a book about Okinawa titled Okinawa Notes. He has deep emotional ties to the prefecture. When he visited Okinawa for the first time in 1965, Oe met Okinawan atomic bomb survivors, and wrote a memoir...

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