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Opinion poll: 95% want experiences of the Battle of Okinawa handed down

June 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV) carried out a telephone poll on May 30 and 31 ahead of the upcoming memorial for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa.

In the survey, 94.8 percent of respondents said they wanted the experiences of the war handed down to next generation by word of mouth, and 75.4 percent said they want this to happen more often than it does now.

When respondents were asked how the...

 

Donations to Henoko Fund top 300 million yen

June 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Donations to the Henoko Fund, which is aimed at supporting activities to prevent the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko in northern Okinawa Prefecture, have exceeded 300 million yen, the secretariat of the fund said on May 4.

As of...

Saipan memorial participants renew pledge not to wage war ever again

Saipan memorial participants renew pledge not to wage war ever again

May 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 25, the 46th Nanyo Gunto Okinawa Memorial Ceremony was held at the Tower of Okinawa in Saipan. The ceremony was held to console the souls of the war dead, who died during the battle near the end of the Asia-Pacific War in 1944. About 140 people, including returnees...

War memories must be preserved; pledge made at Memorial Ceremony in Tinian

War memories must be preserved; pledge made at Memorial Ceremony in Tinian

May 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
On May 26, the 38th Tinian Memorial Ceremony for War Victims of Okinawan Descent was held at the “Okinawa Tower” located on the Carolinas Plateau in Tinian, in the Northern Mariana Islands. Around 80 people attended the memorial ceremony, their families, and local...

Rainy season starts later than usual in Okinawa

Rainy season starts later than usual in Okinawa

May 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 20, Okinawa Meteorological Observatory declared the start of rainy season in Okinawa, 11 days later than in an average year, and 15 days later than last year.

In the Amami Islands near Okinawa, the wet weather began on May 19, the earliest rainy season...

87 new names inscribed on Cornerstone of Peace memorial in Okinawa

May 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced on May 21 that they would add the names of 87 people who died in the war to the Cornerstone of Peace memorial. The memorial lists the victims of the Battle of Okinawa. All of those newly added came from Japan –...

“Mainland is inaccessible” Governor Onaga expresses what is in Okinawans’ hearts

May 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at the Prefectural Government Office around 10 a.m. on May 15. Governor Onaga was asked what he thinks is in “the hearts of Okinawans.” The question harked back to comments made by former governor...

Son of US veteran visits Okinawa, remembering how his father saved locals

Son of US veteran visits Okinawa, remembering how his father saved locals

May 6, 2015 Yuri Shimizu of Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 24, third-generation Okinawan American, Alvin Higa, who lives in California and is the first son of Taro Higa, visited Shimabukuro, Kitanakagusuku Village. Taro, who spoke Japanese and lived in Kitanakagusuku Village until he was nine years...

Naha Harii dragon boat race

Naha Harii dragon boat race

May 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The 41st Naha Harii dragon boat race has attracted thousands of spectators. Participants paddled on Okinawan dragon boats to pray for good catches and safety at sea. On the final day, May 5, the main race attracted 95,000 visitors, according to the organizers. At...

Big Bluefin tuna landed at Ishigaki fishing port

Big Bluefin tuna landed at Ishigaki fishing port

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 30, a 318-kilogram pacific Bluefin tuna was landed at Ishigaki fishing port. The enormous catch brought great excitement to the port.
The captain of the fishing boat Takashi Higa, who caught the tuna said, “I feel wonderful. I believe...

Getto galingale gives off a fragrant scent as summer begins

Getto galingale gives off a fragrant scent as summer begins

April 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Early summer has come, and Getto galingale is in full bloom. The flowers are lending a nostalgic aura to cultural heritage sites such as Benzaitendo by the Enkan pond at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha.

Getto is also known as Sannin in the Okinawan language...