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Woman claims to be the iconic “trembling girl” in war footage

Woman claims to be the iconic “trembling girl” in war footage

June 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yosuke Anri

A girl trembles in fear at the sight of an American soldier—this girl appears in a video footage recorded by the U.S. troops, a clip often incorporated in films about the Battle of Okinawa. Sometime before June 22, Sueko Urasaki (nee Kakazu), 81, a resident of Oroku, Naha City, came forward as the mystery girl. Urasaki claims the footage was shot in Osato, Takamine Village (present-day Itoman City.) Urasaki said during this interview, “It...

 

Springer Nature ranks Okinawan graduate university as 10th best research institution worldwide

Springer Nature ranks Okinawan graduate university as 10th best research institution worldwide

June 20, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 19 the global science publisher Springer Nature released its 2018 rankings of worldwide research institutions, ranking the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) which is located in Tancha, Onna Village, as first place in Japan...

Japanese government knew of Kadena Air Base’s PFOS contamination, did not disclose it

Japanese government knew of Kadena Air Base’s PFOS contamination, did not disclose it

June 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

High concentrations of the chemicals PFOS and PFOA have been detected in rivers and springs in the vicinity of U.S. military bases in the central part of Okinawa Island. There is data to suggest that these chemicals could be carcinogenic. On June 18 the Ryukyu Shimpo...

Final day of the Makishi Public Market in photos

Final day of the Makishi Public Market in photos

Jun 17 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The dilapidated Makishi Public Market in Naha City is getting a facelift—Jun 16 was its last day of business before renovating. The market was lively until the very end. The shops, patrons, and nearby residents were all tearful, but positive. The market is an integral...

Himeyuri Peace Museum friends and supporters celebrate 30 years since the museum’s opening, express hopes for the next generation

Himeyuri Peace Museum friends and supporters celebrate 30 years since the museum’s opening, express hopes for the next generation

June 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 14, the Himeyuri Peace Memorial Foundation (director: Masanori Nakahodo) held a celebration in Naha for the 30th anniversary of the Himeyuri Peace Museum in Itoman, which will enter its 30th year on June 23. Around 80 people, including former Himeyuri students...

They call me Happy—Happy’s 111th birthday bash

They call me Happy—Happy’s 111th birthday bash

June 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kamado Tsuha’s secret to staying energetic at 111 is Okinawan andagi donuts. On Jun 10, Tsuha, the oldest man living in Okinawa, celebrated his 111th birthday in Yomitan Village. His birthday party was held at the nursing home Tsuha currently resides. Mayor Denjitsu...

“Political monitoring is the job of the media” Isoko Mochizuki and Kihei Maekawa reveal the inner workings of the prime minister’s office and the media at symposium for the opening of the new movie “Shimbun Kisha”

“Political monitoring is the job of the media” Isoko Mochizuki and Kihei Maekawa reveal the inner workings of the prime minister’s office and the media at symposium for the opening of the new movie “Shimbun Kisha”

June 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A symposium titled, “The Authority of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Status of Journalistic Media,” (hosted by Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd., sponsored by Star Sands, in collaboration with Aeon Entertainment) held as part of the opening for the movie “Shimbun...

“I am vehemently opposed to the construction of a base connected to war”—actor Masane Tsukayama attends Henoko sit-in

“I am vehemently opposed to the construction of a base connected to war”—actor Masane Tsukayama attends Henoko sit-in

June 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

(Henoko reporting team) On June 7, around 30 citizens participated in a sit-in in front of U.S. military Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, where construction work for a new base is underway as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma....

MCAS Futenma helicopter’s blade tape falls on Uranishi Junior High, raising concerns about Marine Corps aircraft maintenance

MCAS Futenma helicopter’s blade tape falls on Uranishi Junior High, raising concerns about Marine Corps aircraft maintenance

June 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 3:30 p.m. on June 4 an object that appears to be a piece from a U.S. military aircraft fell onto the tennis court of Uranishi Junior High School in Toyama, Urasoe City. On June 5 the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa assessed the object had fallen off of a CH-53E...

Close call: students found playing with unexploded hand grenade

Close call: students found playing with unexploded hand grenade

June 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 5, it was discovered that several male elementary and junior high school students were found playing with an unexploded hand grenade on May 30 in Ginowan, Okinawa. The students had been throwing it around and bicycling around with it in their bicycle baskets....

“It could have been me”–participants of memorial and protest wear black, shed tears for woman killed by U.S. soldier

“It could have been me”--participants of memorial and protest wear black, shed tears for woman killed by U.S. soldier

June 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Chatan) “It could have been me…” At an emergency memorial and protest held June 2 to remember the murder of a woman by a serviceman in the U.S. Marine Corps in Chatan, Okinawa in April, participants prayed for the victim to rest in peace and confirmed...