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People of Kunigami and Yoron reunited on the sea 43 years after commemorating Okinawa’s reversion to Japan

People of Kunigami and Yoron reunited on the sea 43 years after commemorating Okinawa's reversion to Japan

April 29, 2012 Ryota Nakamura of Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 28, a meeting by people of Kunigami and Yoron took place on the sea at the northern latitude of 27 degrees. This used to be where the border was after the Amami Islands were returned to Japanese sovereignty in 1953. They reenacted the meeting demanding Okinawan reversion to Japan. Sixty years have passed since the San Francisco Conference on the Japan Peace Treaty in 1952, and Okinawa and Amami Islands were separated from Japan on...

 

Sekitoku Girl’s School students’ Battle of Okinawa experiences screened

Sekitoku Girl’s School students’ Battle of Okinawa experiences screened

April 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of April 22 at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum in Naha the pre-screening of a short documentary Fuji Gakutotai, directed by Gakuya Nomura, was held. The film records the Battle of Okinawa experiences of Sekitoku Girl’s High...

Timetable of former Okinawa Light Rail found in diary of late songwriter Nakamoto

Timetable of former Okinawa Light Rail found in diary of late songwriter Nakamoto

April 21, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A timetable published by the Okinawa Prefecture Light Rail Office in 1943 was found in Gushichan, Yaese. Kaoru Nakamoto found the timetable inside his late father Minoru Nakamoto’s diary when he was cleaning up his father’s belongings. In the diary, there was...

Okinawan restaurant in Orange County

Okinawan restaurant in Orange County

April 23, 2012 Sadao Tome, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

In December 2010, Mayumi Tomita Vargas, who is originally from Yonabaru, opened an Okinawan restaurant named Habuya in Orange County, California. She said, “My dream has finally come true after coming to the United States back...

Disposal of unexploded ordnance at Shuri High School forces more than 2000 people to evacuate

Disposal of unexploded ordnance at Shuri High School forces more than 2000 people to evacuate

April 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Just before 11:00am on April 15 in the grounds of Shuri High School in the Mawashi area of Shuri, Naha, Ground Self-Defense Force personnel disposed of an unexploded WWII U.S. 250 kilogram shell (120 centimeters long and 36 centimeters in diameter). The shell had...

History book on human rights in Okinawa published

History book on human rights in Okinawa published

April 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

To mark the 50th anniversary of its establishment, the Okinawa Human Rights Association, which was established when Okinawa was under U.S. military administration and has since been involved in the protection of human rights for the people of Okinawa, has published...

U.S. military aircraft noise halts enrollment ceremonies at elementary schools

U.S. military aircraft noise halts enrollment ceremonies at elementary schools

April 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning on April 10, a number of Boeing F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, the type that crashed in Virginia on April 6, flew to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan. Among the 12 aircraft that flew to the base, four are based at Iwakuni Air Station (Iwakuni,...

151 photographs of Okinawa soon after World War II

151 photographs of Okinawa soon after World War II

April 9, 2012 Tomoya Kohatsu of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 8, the Ryukyu America Historical Research Society acquired 151 photographs of scenes in Okinawa during the period from directly after World War II to the 1960s. The collection includes photographs of people and scenery all over Okinawa...

High-level of noise from Futenma Marine Corps Air Station causes learning problems in the classrooms

April 2, 2012 Tomoko Oharu of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A survey carried out by the University of the Ryukyus indicates that the noise from the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma exceeded 100 decibels in the classrooms of the Second Futenma Elementary School, which is located next to the air base, Ginowan...

Memorial service held in Chibichiri Gama marks 67 years since the Battle of Okinawa

Memorial service held in <em>Chibichiri Gama</em> marks 67 years since the Battle of Okinawa

April 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

An incident of group suicide (shudan jiketsu), in which the Japanese military ordered or compelled 83 civilians to commit suicide occurred at Chibichiri Gama (a natural cave) in Namihira, Yomitan Village on April 2, 1945 soon after the U.S. forces...

Law suit to halt noise from U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma filed by 3129 people

Law suit to halt noise from U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma filed by 3129 people

March 31, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 30, 3129 people living around U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, including the residents of Ginowan, Urasoe and Kitanakagusuku, filed a law suit with the Okinawa Branch of Naha District Court seeking to halt the noise from the base during the early...