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Four teens arrested for damaging Chibichiri Gama suicide cave in Yomitan

Four teens arrested for damaging Chibichiri Gama suicide cave in Yomitan

 

September 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 15, the Kadena Police arrested four boys aged between 16 and 19 for vandalizing the Chibichiri Gama cave in Namihira, Yomitan where residents were forced to commit mass suicide during the Battle of Okinawa.

 

According to the police, the teens have admitted to the offence.

 

The arrested are three unemployed youths, aged 16, 18, 19, and one construction worker, aged 17.

 

They...

 

Editorial: Unforgivable destruction at Chibichiri-gama desecrates the spirit of “nuchi du takara”

 

September 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It is impossible to forgive the desecration of the victims of the Battle of Okinawa and their surviving families by destroying a memorial site that conveys the true face of war.

 

The interior of and entrance to...

Group hoping to correct Chibichiri Gama omission from textbook protests against recent cave vandalism

Group hoping to correct Chibichiri Gama omission from textbook protests against recent cave vandalism

 

September 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – The “Committee to enact the 9/29 Okinawan Citizens Festival resolution,” which is working to restore in history textbooks the compulsory nature of the group suicides in Okinawa at the end of World War 2, held a symposium...

Okinawa City sets Guinness World Record for longest origami crane lei on local Day of Peace

Okinawa City sets Guinness World Record for longest origami crane lei on local Day of Peace

September 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

In Okinawa City, a project called “The Origami Crane Project: The Longest Origami Crane Lei” has been underway in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the longest chain of connected origami cranes.

On September...

Descendants outraged as Chibichiri Gama found vandalized, collected remains destroyed

Descendants outraged as Chibichiri Gama found vandalized, collected remains destroyed

September 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

Yomitan – Chibichiri Gama, a cave in Namihira, Yomitan where civilians were forced to commit suicide by the Japanese military after the Battle of Okinawa, was discovered to be vandalized on the morning of September 12.

Shoichi...

Mao Ishikawa’s Great Ryukyu Photo Scroll parts 1-4 exhibition opens with new pieces in Naha

Mao Ishikawa’s Great Ryukyu Photo Scroll parts 1-4 exhibition opens with new pieces in Naha

September 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On September 5 Mao Ishikawa’s photograph exhibition, the Great Ryukyu Photo Scroll parts 1-4, opened at Naha Civic Gallery in Kumoji, Naha City.

The same day Ishikawa conducted a gallery talk during which she gave some exposition...

Diomedea immutabilis return to sky after recovery in Nago

Diomedea immutabilis return to sky after recovery in Nago

 

August 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Three diomedea immutabilis birds were taken into care after they were lost in Okinawa due to the typhoon in early August.

Two of them were released on the 21-seiki no mori beach on August 22.

The two birds flew towards...

Panelists stress importance of appealing to agencies outside the country on new base construction in Henoko

Panelists stress importance of appealing to agencies outside the country on new base construction in Henoko

 

September 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A symposium considering the impact of new base construction in Henoko on the surrounding environment and the Yambaru forest’s bid for UNESCO World Natural Heritage status was held on September 3 in Naha City.

Panelist...

New documentary Inochi no Umi addresses Okinawans’ thoughts on Henoko base construction

New documentary Inochi no Umi addresses Okinawans’ thoughts on Henoko base construction

August 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Director Keifuku Janamoto recently completed his documentary film Inochi no Umi Henoko Ourawan (Henoko and Oura Bay, the Sea of Life), which follows the lives and experiences of people living in the area around Oura Bay, where construction...

Research Association published an open letter to Kyoto University

 

August 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 23, Professor Yasukatsu Matsushima, representing the Research Association for the Repatriation of Ryukyu Remains, published an open letter to Kyoto University regarding the holding of Ryukyuan remains.

The remains of...

Osprey still causing apprehension 13 years after university campus helicopter crash in Ginowan

Osprey still causing apprehension 13 years after university campus helicopter crash in Ginowan

August 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

August 13 marked thirteen years since the U.S. military helicopter crash on Okinawa International University’s campus in Ginowan City.

The university held a gathering to demand the closure of Futenma Air Station and to transmit the value...