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Mac Yonamine spreads Okinawa love in Hawaii

Mac Yonamine spreads Okinawa love in Hawaii

April 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hanae Higa Gushiken

This January, Mac Masayuki Yonamine (Nishihara Chojin Kai of Hawaii United Okinawa Association) turned 88 years old. Last year, Yonamine made donations to the Hawaii Okinawa Center towards the installation of an elevator and for the construction of a resource center in the future. In 2013, Yonamine helped find a final resting place for Katsu Ishiki, an Okinawan Issei (first generation immigrant), whose unclaimed remains were stored...

 

Film shows former village where Futenma Air Station now stands

April 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 25, at a public hall in Ginowan, the Aza-Ginowan Hometown Association (chaired by Seiichi Miyagi) unveiled its completed DVD, Images of the Village before the Battle, about Ginowan prior to the Battle of Okinawa. The Association made this DVD with the purpose...

1,500 people stage protest rally 20 years after agreement to close Futenma base

1,500 people stage protest rally 20 years after agreement to close Futenma base

April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

April 12 marked 20 years since Tokyo and Washington agreed to close the U.S. Futenma base. On the afternoon of April 12 at Kenmin Hiroba in Naha, a citizens organization, “All Okinawa Kaigi”, aimed at preventing the construction of a new base in Henoko, held...

Kuniyoshi retires from gathering remains of war dead after 60 years

Kuniyoshi retires from gathering remains of war dead after 60 years

April 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In March, 77-year-old Isamu Kuniyoshi retired from his volunteer role collecting the remains of war dead found in former Japanese military bases in Okinawa. He is stepping down due to his weakening health.

Kuniyoshi had engaged in these activities for about...

Citizens call for removal of Futenma base 20 years after Japan and US agreed to close it

Citizens call for removal of Futenma base 20 years after Japan and US agreed to close it

April 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 10, at a park in Oyama, Ginowan, near Futenma U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, citizen groups rallied for the removal of the base fence and the return of military land. Two decades have passed since the governments of Japan and the United States agreed to...

Seven hundred protest Medoruma arrest, continued oppression

Seven hundred protest Medoruma arrest, continued oppression

April 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 6, an Okinawan group opposing military base relocation within Okinawa organized an urgent protest rally held in front of the gate to U.S. Camp Foster in Kitanakagusuku. According to the organizers, 700 people joined the rally, where they raised their voices...

Citizens see US soldier holding gun along roadside in Kunigami

Citizens see US soldier holding gun along roadside in Kunigami

March 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pedestrians witnessed a US soldier pointing a gun during training near the roadside around landing zone 4 in Aha, Kunigami village around 5:30 p.m. on March 20. The road leads to the village’s environmental education center, “Yanbaru Manabi no Mori,” and...

Testimony by Japanese soldier of Korean descent tells of abuse by fellow soldiers

Testimony by Japanese soldier of Korean descent tells of abuse by fellow soldiers

April 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hideki Matsudo

U.S. forces landed on Okinawa Island on April 1, 1945, marking the start of the Battle of Okinawa. On March 31, 2016, Ryukyu Shimpo obtained a written record of testimony made by a Japanese soldier of Korean descent who had been captured...

Sky lit by red moon, possible impact from air pollution

Sky lit by red moon, possible impact from air pollution

March 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of March 27, Ryukyu Shimpo received information from several readers that the moon was glowing red in the sky. It was four days after the full moon, and the slightly waning moon hung low in the sky, fantastically lighting up the night.

According...

Impassioned call for repeal of security legislation bridges multiple generations

Impassioned call for repeal of security legislation bridges multiple generations

March 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early afternoon on March 29, about 250 participants of a gathering organized by the Okinawa Peace Movement Center called Abolish the War-Fighting Law! Don’t Let the Abe Administration Go Out of Control! raised their voices in opposition to the security...

Law passed to promote collection of war victim remains

March 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A law to promote collecting the remains of war victims was passed in the Lower House plenary session on March 24. The ordinance sees the collection of the remains of victims in the war, including the Battle of Okinawa, as the “responsibility of the nation.”...