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Japan’s move to restore right to collective self-defense worrying high school students: “Do we have to go to war?”

Japan's move to restore right to collective self-defense worrying high school students: “Do we have to go to war?

July 6, 2014 Ikue Nakaima of Ryukyu Shimpo

“Teacher, do we have to go to war?”

A regular meeting of the High School and Handicapped People’s School Teachers’ and Staff Union was held in Naha City on July 4. The teachers reported that their students were concerned about the Japanese Government’s decision to change the interpretation of the Constitution to enable the nation to exercise its right to collective self-defense. They have reacted sensitively to the...

 

Gavan McCormack visits Henoko and Oura

Gavan McCormack visits Henoko and Oura

July 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 2, Gavan McCormack, who is a researcher of modern Japanese history and an emeritus professor of the Australia National University, visited Henoko in Nago. From a boat, he observed the sea around Henoko and Oura Bay, where the U.S. and Japanese governments...

The Star Festival in Okinawa

The Star Festival in Okinawa

July 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

July 7 is Tanabata, a Japanese star festival. The day belongs to Shosho or “minor heat”, one of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars. According to the calendar, summer officially begins on this day.

The star festival...

Volunteer group Gamafuya asks the OPG to stop cremating remains of the Battle of Okinawa

July 1, 2014 Ryukyu SHimpo

Takamatsu Gushiken, the president of the Gamafuya, a volunteer group dedicated to the recovery of remains of the Battle of Okinawa, and the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly member Hiroshi Goya visited the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office on June 30.

They asked...

Okinawa Prefecture Fishery Cooperative to claim damages from the U.S. military over fishing boat line-cutting

July 1, 2014 Takumi Takimoto of Ryukyu Shimpo

Seven tuna fishing boats had their lines cut off one after another in waters near the main Island of Okinawa in May. On June 30, the Okinawa Prefecture Fishery Cooperative decided to make a claim to the U.S. government via the Navy’s Office...

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...

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...