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57th anniversary memorial ceremony for US military jet crash into Miyamori Elementary School

57th anniversary memorial ceremony for US military jet crash into Miyamori Elementary School

July 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty-seven years have passed since June 30, 1959, when a U.S. F-100 fighter, which was poorly maintained from Kadena Air Base, crashed into Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa City (currently Uruma City).

The Ishikawa and Miyamori 630 Association and the bereaved family association held the 57th anniversary memorial ceremony on June 30 at the school. Participants paid their respects to the 18 victims. They had a moment of silence at around 10:40 a.m.,...

 

Naha prosecutors bring additional charges against US military contractor in murder case

Naha prosecutors bring additional charges against US military contractor in murder case

July 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 30, the Naha District Public Prosecutors Office brought additional charges of murder and rape leading to death against U.S. military contractor Kenneth Franklin Shinzato (formerly Gadson), 32, of Yonabaru Town, on the grounds that he assaulted a woman with...

U.S. military rejects survey of buried cultural artifacts, cites supplementary agreement

June 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, it was discovered that the U.S. Marine Corps refused a request by the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education to conduct surveys at three sites within U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma as part of an excavation project being carried out inside the base....

Ourasaki Memorial Service at Henoko; prayers for war dead

Ourasaki Memorial Service at Henoko; prayers for war dead

June 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A memorial service for people who died in the Ourasaki internment camp right after the Battle of Okinawa was held in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, the US military base in Henoko, Nago City on June 23. The internment camp was located in Camp Schwab.

Approximately...

Youth from Okinawa, Hiroshima and Nagasaki share thoughts on peace

Youth from Okinawa, Hiroshima and Nagasaki share thoughts on peace

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23 at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, the “Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa Wakamun Conference 2016” was held. The participants were young people who act as peace guides in the three prefectures that had tremendous damage during World War...

US military civilian worker arrested on suspicion of drink driving, causing accident

June 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 5:24 a.m. on June 26, Okinawa prefectural police arrested a civilian worker at a United States air base on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Law (driving under the influence of alcohol). The culprit, who lives in the Goya district of Okinawa City, denied...

Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony attendees vow peace and object to Okinawa made scapegoat

Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony attendees vow peace and object to Okinawa made scapegoat

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, where the final fight of the Battle of Okinawa took place, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Prefectural Assembly held the Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony on June 23, the 71st anniversary of the end of the battle....

200 protesters surround Ishigaki City Hall to oppose SDF deployment

200 protesters surround Ishigaki City Hall to oppose SDF deployment

June 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 13, a residents’ group dedicated to preventing the deployment of Japan Self-Defense Force (SDF) troops on Ishigaki Island surrounded Ishigaki City Hall to protest the plan. The Ishigaki city council is in the middle of its June regular session, and people...

Praying for life-saving cave and peace at Shiohira Gongen Festival

Praying for life-saving cave and peace at Shiohira Gongen Festival

June 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony to give thanks for the natural cave that saved more than 500 evacuees during the Battle of Okinawa was held on June 9. The ceremony, Shiohira Gongen Festival, took place in front of the cave known as “Shiohira Gongen cave” located in between Shiohira...

Yomitan sets up executive committee for rally against suspected slaying of Okinawan woman by ex-US marine

Yomitan sets up executive committee for rally against suspected slaying of Okinawan woman by ex-US marine

June 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Following the recent arrest of a U.S. military employee on suspicion of murdering a woman, a protest rally will be held at Onoyama Athletic Park in Naha on June 19. More than 20 organizations in Yomitan Village set up an executive committee, in which all the villagers...

Protest gathering to body-dumping incident calls for withdrawal of all US bases from Okinawa

Protest gathering to body-dumping incident calls for withdrawal of all US bases from Okinawa

June 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

‘No More US Military Bases in Okinawa,’ a gathering of mourning and protest to the incident of a base employee dumping the dead body of a young Okinawan woman, and to address structural violence of the U.S.
military in Okinawa, took place on June 8 in Furujima,...