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Fourth year since first sit-in, renewing efforts to prevent new base construction

Fourth year since first sit-in, renewing efforts to prevent new base construction

July 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

July 7 marked the fourth year since Okinawan citizens began sit-in protests in front of the U.S. military Camp Schwab. The sit-ins are to protests the new base construction, or the relocation of the U.S. military Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City. Early morning on the same day, citizens gathered in front of the gate to once again reaffirm their vow not to let the base be constructed and raised their voices in protest.

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Sit-in protestors claim fight against Takae construction is ongoing

Sit-in protestors claim fight against Takae construction is ongoing

July 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of July 7, ten citizens waged a sit-in at the front of the N1 Gate to the Northern Training Area (NTA) in Takae, Higashi Village to protest the construction of entry roads leading to helipads. Protestors stated that, “The fight Isn’t over yet.”

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Troubled by nightmares after the war, Hacksaw Ridge’s real life protagonist returned to Okinawa in 1995

Troubled by nightmares after the war, Hacksaw Ridge’s real life protagonist returned to Okinawa in 1995

June 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Katsutoshi Matsunaga

Desmond Doss (1919-2006) was the pacifist combat medic who refused to carry a weapon and saved 75 people in the Battle of Okinawa. More recently, his likeness was depicted as the protagonist in the movie Hacksaw Ridge, which premiered...

An international meeting of women has called for peace without military and the cancellation of the new Henoko base

An international meeting of women has called for peace without military and the cancellation of the new Henoko base

June 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 26, the International Women’s Network meeting against Militarism in Okinawa 2017 has issued a statement demanding the cancellation of construction of U.S. military helipads in Takae, Higashi, the new base in Henoko, Nago and a live-fire training range in...

Ryukyu Shimpo and Yahoo co-create video on the Battle of Okinawa and military

Ryukyu Shimpo and Yahoo co-create video on the Battle of Okinawa and military

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo and Yahoo news have jointly created videos on the Battle of Okinawa and military base issues and shared them with viewers across the country. The videos are published on both Yahoo and The Ryukyu Shimpo’s websites.

It is the first time...

Service held for war dead of former Ourasaki Camp, where 400 bones remain unrecovered

Service held for war dead of former Ourasaki Camp, where 400 bones remain unrecovered

June 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 10:00 a.m. on July 24, in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, a memorial service was held to mourn the loss of those who died at the former Ourasaki Camp. The camp was built in U.S. military camp Schwab immediately after the Battle of Okinawa.

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Japanese and South Korean groups to perform joint survey of Motobu burial site

Japanese and South Korean groups to perform joint survey of Motobu burial site

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Teppei Ikeda

In light of a Ryukyu Shimpo report revealing that fourteen military personnel and others, including Koreans, who died in an air strike by the U.S. military on a Japanese military transport ship were buried in Kenken, Motobu, members of the...

Governor Onaga encourages unity against Henoko base at Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony

Governor Onaga encourages unity against Henoko base at Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony

June 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Starting at 11:50 a.m. on June 23 at Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and Prefectural Assembly held the Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony. This ceremony is held in memory of the more than 200,000 people who lost their lives...

Island-wide prayer calls for world peace

Island-wide prayer calls for world peace

June 23, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

June 23 marks the 72 year anniversary of the cessation of fighting in the Battle of Okinawa on the island. The “Battle of Okinawa War Dead Memorial Service,” (hosted by the Okinawan government and prefectural assembly) which is meant to calm the souls of the...

Former Okinawa Governor and Battle of Okinawa scholar Masahide Ota passes away

Former Okinawa Governor and Battle of Okinawa scholar Masahide Ota passes away

June 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota died at age 92 due to respiratory failure and pneumonia at a hospital in Naha City at 11:50 a.m. on June 12.

He experienced the raging battle of Okinawa as a member of “Tekketsu Kinnotai” or “Blood and...

Osprey from Futenma Air Station makes emergency landing at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield

Osprey from Futenma Air Station makes emergency landing at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield

June 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of June 6, a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Futenma Air Station made an emergency landing on the coral runway at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield. According to Ie Village office, no injuries or material damages have been...