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Descendants of the Himeyuri Peace Corps visit the battlefield where the student nurses were mobilized for the 30-year anniversary of the Himeyuri Peace Museum

Descendants of the Himeyuri Peace Corps visit the battlefield where the student nurses were mobilized for the 30-year anniversary of the Himeyuri Peace Museum

April 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chikako Maemori

The Himeyuri Peace Museum in Itoman conducted field work at the battlefield that contained many of the casualties from the “Himeyuri Student Corps,” a corps of students that were mobilized to meet the need for medics during the Battle of Okinawa, alongside descendants of the student corps April 6.

As part of the 30-year anniversary of the opening of the museum, this is the first time the descendants have visited the site of...

 

Taiwanese family returns to Okinawa to give thanks for help with expensive medical bills after giving birth prematurely on their honeymoon two years prior

Taiwanese family returns to Okinawa to give thanks for help with expensive medical bills after giving birth prematurely on their honeymoon two years prior

April 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Taiwanese couple that prematurely went into labor while on honeymoon in Okinawa, giving birth to Chen Chun-hon, 2, who weighed only 884 grams (1.94 lbs.) at birth, have returned to Okinawa to say thank you and to show their healthy child. The childbirth and subsequent...

Citizens stage sit-in and canoe protests as K8 seawall construction continues in Henoko

Citizens stage sit-in and canoe protests as K8 seawall construction continues in Henoko

April 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s construction of the K8 seawall off the shore of Camp Schwab is ongoing as of April 2.

Soil has been deposited into land reclamation sections...

“Even now colonialism continues.” Researcher calls for the restoration of self-determination for Okinawa 140 years after the Disposition of Ryukyu

“Even now colonialism continues.” Researcher calls for the restoration of self-determination for Okinawa 140 years after the Disposition of Ryukyu

March 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Miyagi

On March 27, it will have been 140 years since the Kingdom of Ryukyu was destroyed in 1879. Matsuda Michiyuki, the bureaucrat who abolished the Ryukyu Domain, entered Shuri castle accompanied by around 600 soldiers from the Kumamoto Garrison...

In Okinawa, Chinese and Japanese imperial era names once both used

In Okinawa, Chinese and Japanese imperial era names once both used

April 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese imperial era naming system has drawn attention recently, as the name “Reiwa” was chosen as the name of the new era that will follow Heisei. In Okinawa, there was a time when both the Chinese and the Japanese imperial era names were used. That period...

Okinawans abroad lobby for support, endorsed by Nobel laureate

April 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawans in the U.S. and Europe, and Okinawan Americans have newly joined forces as the Global Uchinānchu Alliance. The GUA lobbies members of the U.S. Congress to honor the will of the Okinawan people as evidenced in the prefectural referendum, in regards to the...

U.S. Osprey from MCAS Futenma makes emergency landing at Osaka International Airport

U.S. Osprey from MCAS Futenma makes emergency landing at Osaka International Airport

April 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Just past 1:55 p.m. on April 1, an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma made an emergency landing at Osaka International (Itami) Airport in Osaka Prefecture. There was no damage to the fuselage, and...

ODB begins soil deposits into new land reclamation section in Henoko at 2:58 p.m. on March 25

ODB begins soil deposits into new land reclamation section in Henoko at 2:58 p.m. on March 25

March 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On March 25 at 2:58 p.m. the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began initial soil deposits into a land reclamation section on the Henoko side of Cape Henoko, as part of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City.

Following...

In an effort to halt land reclamation, Okinawa files lawsuit against Japan, claiming “injunction ending Henoko stoppage is illegal”

In an effort to halt land reclamation, Okinawa files lawsuit against Japan, claiming “injunction ending Henoko stoppage is illegal”

March 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture has filed a lawsuit against Japan March 22 at the Fukuoka High Court Naha Branch naming as defendant Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) Keiichi Ishii, demanding he overturn his injunction ending the efficacy of Okinawa’s...

Nobel laureate Dr. Yamanaka and the new frontier: “Find what you love”

Nobel laureate Dr. Yamanaka and the new frontier: “Find what you love”

March 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinya Yamanaka, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and director of Kyoto University’s Center for IPS Cell Research and Application, gave a talk at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Naha city on March 25.

Yamanaka used simple words to...

Okinawan remains taken early in the Showa era returned from Taiwan University

Okinawan remains taken early in the Showa era returned from Taiwan University

March 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The remains of 63 Okinawans taken from the island by an Imperial University anthropologist in the early Showa era, were finally returned to Okinawa March 20 from the National Taiwan University, where they were being held.

According to the Okinawa Board of...