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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 over 20,000 victims of the battle as well as to pray for everlasting peace, was held at 11:50 a.m. on the 23rd at the Okinawa Peace Park in Mabuni, Itoman, the location of the final battlefield.

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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...

Petition to make Dugongs the prefectural animal for Okinawa

Petition to make Dugongs the prefectural animal for Okinawa

June 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6, a petition to the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) was started in hopes of making Dugongs the prefectural animal for Okinawa. The petition is organized by seven people, including singers Tokiko Kato and Misako Kojya. The organizers hope to collect signatures...

Tokyo MX asks journalist Yoshioka to cover Okinawa base issues after News Joshi controversy

Tokyo MX asks journalist Yoshioka to cover Okinawa base issues after News Joshi controversy

June 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo Metropolitan Television Broadcasting Corporation (Tokyo MX) has faced controversy since the January 2 airing of a segment of its program “News Joshi” (News Girls), due to content such as Okinawa’s anti-base movement proponents being likened to terrorists....

Hello baby! A baby of false killer whale born

Hello baby! A baby of false killer whale born

June 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A false killer whale, which is a type of dolphin, gave birth to a baby on May 23 at the Ocean Expo Park in Motobu Town. This is the first birth of the species to happen at the park for 17 years. Momo, the mother of the baby, was rescued near Yomitan.

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Researchers to establish a new association to request return of Ryukyuan remains

Researchers to establish a new association to request return of Ryukyuan remains

June 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Miyagi

In June, researchers from Okinawa and Kansai will set up a new organization to tackle the issue of human remains not yet being returned to Okinawa. Anthropologists brought at least 26 bodies of the Ryukyuans out of Mumujana grave in Nakijin...

Indictment rate for US military in 2016 only 17%, less than half the overall indictment rate

June 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 31, a study by the Japan Peace Committee revealed that the indictment rate for general criminal offenses (criminal offenses excluding vehicular manslaughter due to negligence) by people associated with the U.S. military (military personnel, military contractors,...

Group created to record Isamu Kuniyoshi’s knowledge of remains collection for future generations

Group created to record Isamu Kuniyoshi’s knowledge of remains collection for future generations

May 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Efforts began on May 29 to pass down to future generations the experience and knowledge of Isamu Kuniyoshi,78, who worked for over 60 years collecting the remains and belongings of victims of the battle of Okinawa as a volunteer, before retiring in March of last year....

Taiwanese premature baby born in Okinawa returns home thanks to support

Taiwanese premature baby born in Okinawa returns home thanks to support

May 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A twenty-year-old Taiwanese mother who delivered a baby in the seventh month of pregnancy while travelling in Okinawa flew from Naha Airport to Taiwan with her baby at 9 p.m. on May 24. The newborn had gained 1600 grams, making him twice his March 30 birth weight,...

2,000 people hold rally, vowing to block construction of new US base in front of Camp Schwab gate in Henoko

2,000 people hold rally, vowing to block construction of new US base in front of Camp Schwab gate in Henoko

May 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, the All Okinawa Council held a rally seeking to stop the K9 seawall construction and never allow the environment to be destroyed. The council aims to block the construction of the new U.S. base in Henoko,...