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More call for 32nd Army headquarters trenches under Shuri Castle to be opened to the public as castle is rebuilt

More call for 32nd Army headquarters trenches under Shuri Castle to be opened to the public as castle is rebuilt

December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

While support grows for the reconstruction of Shuri Castle after it was destroyed in a fire, more are also calling for the underground trenches used as the Japanese 32nd Army headquarters to be opened to the public. Eiki Senaha, 91, of Naha, who is the former president of Meio University and decided on the public opening of the trenches as chair of the prefectural 32nd Army Headquarters Trench Preservation and Opening Investigation Committee in 1996, is one...

 

A protest in its 16th year, and a teenager’s vision to “protect the future”

A protest in its 16th year, and a teenager’s vision to “protect the future”

December 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Saki Yoshida

Henoko, Nago City—Every Saturday evening, the Peace Candle lights up near Camp Schwab to protest the construction of a new U.S. military base. November marked the 16th year for the Peace Candle protest, which was started by Takekiyo Toguchi,...

Committee of Seven symposium addresses need to share Okinawa’s voice, apathy by mainland Japanese toward Okinawa

Committee of Seven symposium addresses need to share Okinawa’s voice, apathy by mainland Japanese toward Okinawa

November 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 21, a symposium titled “Questioning this nation from Okinawa–peace, the Constitution, and democracy” (sponsored by the Committee of Seven to Appeal for World Peace, co-sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo) for investigating the...

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization is formed to demand the return of over 219 Okinawan remains taken from Okinawa

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization is formed to demand the return of over 219 Okinawan remains taken from Okinawa

November 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization (co-represented by Masako Kameya, Takeshi Tamaki, Shisei Toma, and Yasukatsu Matsushima) was launched November 23 to demand the return of remains that had been excavated from graves in Okinawa and Amami by anthropologists for...

A pastor who criticized U.S. military during High Commissioner inauguration during U.S. rule of Okinawa has 50-year anniversary with American missionary colleague. What did the two have to say about the current state of affairs in Okinawa?

A pastor who criticized U.S. military during High Commissioner inauguration during U.S. rule of Okinawa has 50-year anniversary with American missionary colleague. What did the two have to say about the current state of affairs in Okinawa?

November 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

William Elder, 92, who was sent as a missionary to the Okinawa Church of Christ by the United Church of Christ Japan from 1966-1969, prior to Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, traveled to Okinawa from Osaka November 20 for a reunion with Pastor Osamu Taira, 87,...

From U.S.-ruled Okinawa to Thursday Island, Senshu Arakawa, the dream-chasing Uchinanchu pearl diver from Motobu who braved harsh conditions in northern Australia, “wants to visit again while I am healthy”

From U.S.-ruled Okinawa to Thursday Island, Senshu Arakawa, the dream-chasing Uchinanchu pearl diver from Motobu who braved harsh conditions in northern Australia, “wants to visit again while I am healthy”

November 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Ryota Nakamura

During U.S. rule of Okinawa in 1958, there were many Uchinanchu who went to Thursday Island in northern Australia with dreams of getting rich pearl diving.

Senshu Arakawa, 86, from Kenken, Motobu was one of them. The reality of a...

Shiraho-Saonetabaru Cave Ruins, where 27-thousand-year-old human remains were found, to be designated a national Historic Site

Shiraho-Saonetabaru Cave Ruins, where 27-thousand-year-old human remains were found, to be designated a national Historic Site

November 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On November 15, the national government’s Council for Cultural Affairs issued a report to Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda indicating that the Shiraho-Saonetabaru Cave Ruins, located in Ishigaki City, is to be newly designated as a National...

Elementary school pupils plant trees for later use as lumber to rebuild Shuri Castle

Elementary school pupils plant trees for later use as lumber to rebuild Shuri Castle

November 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14 a council for cultivating trees for use in the restoration of wooden buildings starting with Shuri Castle, the Tree-Cultivating Council for Shuri Castle (chaired by Kanko Teruya), tended to yew plum pine and fukugi trees in the national forest...

Okinawan sixth-grader places third in US film festival

Okinawan sixth-grader places third in US film festival

November 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The awards ceremony for Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival 2019 was held on November 6 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, followed by a screening of the winning films.

The film festival is organized by the Peacemaker Corps Association...

University of Tokyo faculty gathering photographs to create a 3D digital recreation of Shuri Castle to serve as “tourist attraction until the castle is rebuilt”

University of Tokyo faculty gathering photographs to create a 3D digital recreation of Shuri Castle to serve as “tourist attraction until the castle is rebuilt”

November 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Image processing and virtual reality experts are teaming up to form the “OUR Shurijo – Shuri Castle Digital Reconstruction” project, which aims to create a digital reconstruction of the recently burned down Shuri Castle.

The project will collect...

Fujian students perform Chinese fusion eisa on Kokusai Street

Fujian students perform Chinese fusion eisa on Kokusai Street

November 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A student club of the Concord University College Fujian Normal University, the “Sanmo Eisa Club” (eisa is a traditional Okinawan dance) performed at the Mutsumi-bashi intersection on Kokusai Street in Naha City on November 10, in collaboration with various...