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Third-generation Okinawan Hawaiian delighted to meet his relatives

Third-generation Okinawan Hawaiian delighted to meet his relatives

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A third generation Okinawan from Hawaii has been getting to know his local relatives. Chris Chitose China met his second cousin 73-year-old Sadao for the first time in Yomitan on March 28. Chris’s grandfather and Sadao’s grandfather were brothers.

Chris and his wife Shaleen Takeko visited Okinawa to research his family tree. Chris said, “We are proud that we have a connection to Okinawa.”

They decided to visit after listening...

 

Sit-in protest on Henoko beach marks 4000 days

Sit-in protest on Henoko beach marks 4000 days

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, citizens of a sit-in protest on Henoko beach marked 4,000 days since the sit-in began in 2004. It will mark the 11th anniversary on April 19. The protest began in response to a Japanese government marine boring survey, in preparation for the construction...

Henoko protester arrested

Henoko protester arrested

March 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A man has been arrested in front of the main gate at Camp Schwab in Henoko. It happened on the morning of March 31. He was part of a protest against construction work at the base and was arrested for obstructing officers in the course of their duty. He was taken...

Villagers hold memorial service on Zamami Island marking 70 years since forced mass suicide

Villagers hold memorial service on Zamami Island marking 70 years since forced mass suicide

March 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 26, 1945, U.S. forces landed on the Kerama Islands, beginning the ground war in Okinawa. To mark the seventieth anniversary since that day, the Zamami Village Office held a memorial service at the tower of peace. About 100 people, including survivors and...

US shows a copy of the Ryukyu-US Treaty and letters by Commodore Perry

US shows a copy of the Ryukyu-US Treaty and letters by Commodore Perry

March 21, 2015 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On March 20, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration showed an original copy of the Ryukyu-U.S. Treaty of Amity signed by the Ryukyu Kingdom and the United States on July 11, 1854 to the Ryukyu Shimpo....

Former Himeyuri student delivers final lecture at museum

Former Himeyuri student delivers final lecture at museum

March 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Himeyuri Peace Museum is known for its unique, oral-history approach to educating people about the Battle of Okinawa. Since its opening in 1989, the museum has been giving visitors, including students on school trips, a chance to hear directly from survivors...

Part falling from US military aircraft for sixth time in this year

Part falling from US military aircraft for sixth time in this year

March 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An air force RC-135V Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft temporarily stationed at Kadena Air Base from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska lost its fiberglass part weighing about 907 grams during flight on March 16. According to the Okinawa Defense Bureau, as of...

US Marines official dismissed for leaking video of arrest of Henoko protesters

US Marines official dismissed for leaking video of arrest of Henoko protesters

March 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two activists protesting construction of a replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko were dragged onto U.S. Marine Camp Schwab by the Japanese security guards working for the U.S. military on February 22. The U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa...

HUOA to celebrate 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa sister state in July

HUOA to celebrate 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa sister state in July

March 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 16, President Mark H.Higa, president-elect Tom Ken Yamamoto, executive director Jane F. Serikaku of the executive council of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) visited the Ryukyu Shimpo office. The HUOA plans to build the Hawaii Okinawa Plaza,...

US Marines take four days to reveal an aircraft part fell from an Osprey

March 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 16, the Okinawa Defense Bureau revealed to the Ryukyu Shimpo that an aluminum part of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma had fallen. No injury has been reported. After the aircraft battled fires near range 7...

Juri-uma parade performed in Tsuji

<em>Juri-uma</em> parade performed in Tsuji

March 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 15, or January 20 in the old lunar calendar, a traditional New Year event called hachika sogachi was held at Tsuji in Naha. Participants prayed for business success and a good harvest. The Tsuji Shinshikai Foundation and other groups organized...