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Memorial held for 55th anniversary of U.S. military jet crash into Miyamori Elementary School

Memorial held for 55th anniversary of U.S. military jet crash into Miyamori Elementary School

June 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty-five years have passed since June 30, 1959, when a U.S. F-100 fighter from Kadena Air Base crashed into Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa City, currently Uruma City. The 55th anniversary memorial ceremony was held on June 30 at the school. Participants paid their respects to the 18 victims.

About 90 bereaved family members, former pupils who attended the school at the time of the crash, and local residents attended.

Mitsuteru Toyohama,...

 

Symposium about relationship between Okinawa, China and Japan held at Okinawa University

Symposium about relationship between Okinawa, China and Japan held at Okinawa University

June 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo based think tank the New Diplomacy Initiative and Okinawa University Regional Research Institute held a symposium on the theme of the relationship between Okinawa, China and Japan at Okinawa University in Naha on June 29.

Nanjing University professor...

Government has responsibility to face up to tragedies of that battle

Government has responsibility to face up to tragedies of that battle

The experiences of Shigeaki Kinjo – as told to students at Okinawa Christian University

“It felt like a living hell, it was a nightmare,” says 85 year old Shigeaki Kinjo of his wartime experiences on Tokashiki island, Okinawa. As the 69th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa...

Movie about Okinawan war photographer screened

Movie about Okinawan war photographer screened

June 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A documentary movie about the life of Okinawan war photographer Bunyo Ishikawa was screened at Sakurazaka Theater in Naha on June 25. Ishikawa delivered an opening speech.

He said, “The movie features my experience in the Vietnam War which was deeply...

Supreme Court turns down Takae lawsuit appeal

June 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a resident of Takae in Higashi, where the U.S. military plans to build military helipads as a condition of the partial return of its Northern Training Area. Residents of Takae have been protesting against construction...

Ceremony to mark 69th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa: pledge not to wage wars again

Ceremony to mark 69th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa: pledge not to wage wars again

June 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa was held at the Peace Memorial Park, Mabuni in Itoman on June 23. The participants prayed for over 200,000 victims of the war and reaffirmed their commitment to lasting world peace.

The...

Some of Okinawan seen as spies in the Japanese Imperial Army documents during the Battle of Okinawa

Some of Okinawan seen as spies in the Japanese Imperial Army documents during the Battle of Okinawa

June 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa International University Professor Shinobu Yoshihama held a lecture to mark the 69th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum in Naha on June 15. He talked about what the testimonies of local citizens...

Japanese American organizations select Okinawan for 2014 Women of the Year Award

Japanese American organizations select Okinawan for 2014 Women of the Year Award

June 9, 2014, Sadao Tome, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Downtown Los Angeles Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen League and the Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California selected four women for the 2014 Women of the Year Award on May 4. The organizations recognized them...

Former Okinawa Governor Ota: When wars occur, governments send young people to battlefields first

Former Okinawa Governor Ota: When wars occur, governments send young people to battlefields first

June 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the lead up to the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota who is director of the Ota Peace Research Institute, has delivered a lecture at Mawashi High School on June 4.

Ota talked about the Abe administration’s...

U.S. Navy deflects call for explanation about damages to tuna fishing boats

U.S. Navy deflects call for explanation about damages to tuna fishing boats

June 10, 2014 Hideki Matsudo and Kenichi Yoshida of Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of the Okinawan fishing industry suspect the US Navy Ocean Surveillance Ship Impeccable was involved in cutting the trawl lines of seven tuna fishing boats in waters near the main Island of Okinawa. On June 9, a public...

Captain of fishing boat strongly suspects U.S. ship involvement in trawl line-cutting

Captain of fishing boat strongly suspects U.S. ship involvement in trawl line-cutting

June 7, 2014 Kenichi Yoshida and Shinji Sano of Ryukyu Shimpo

Seven tuna fishing boats had their lines cut off one after another in waters near the main Island of Okinawa. The fishing industry suspects a U.S. Navy vessel was involved in the incidents. The captain of Daiichi Kotobuki Maru,...