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Hawaii POW letters written between 1945 and 1946 discovered

Hawaii POW letters written between 1945 and 1946 discovered

August 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome and Tomoki Yasutomi

 

On August 23, 15 letters addressed to Okinawans and Okinawan descendants living in Hawaii sent from a prisoner of war (POW) camp between 1945 and 1946 were discovered.

The letters were written by people originally from Okinawa, who became POWs of the U.S. military during the Battle of Okinawa.

They were relocated and forced to live as POWs in Hawaii. The letters detailed various sentiments...

 

4,500 people attend memorial service for Governor Onaga to mourn “The soul of a politician”

4,500 people attend memorial service for Governor Onaga to mourn “The soul of a politician”

August 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A memorial service for Okinawa governor Takeishi Onaga, who passed away at age 67 on August 8, was held at Daitenji temple in Naha August 13.

This is the first time that an Okinawan governor has died while still in office.

Approximately...

Two Futenma-based Osprey make successive emergency landings in Amami and Kadena

Two Futenma-based Osprey make successive emergency landings in Amami and Kadena

August 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 14, there were successive emergency landings of MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from MCAS Futenma Air Station at Amami Airport in Kagoshima Prefecture and at Kadena Air Base.

The causes of these emergency landings...

Governor Onaga leaves behind the words, “When Uchinanchu fight with one heart, it becomes a thing of great power,” for Okinawan protest opposing land filling in Henoko

Governor Onaga leaves behind the words, “When Uchinanchu fight with one heart, it becomes a thing of great power,” for Okinawan protest opposing land filling in Henoko

August 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

The “August 11 Okinawa convention to forbid land filling, and to demand protection for Dugong and coral and for the cancellation of new base facilities in Henoko,” (hosted by the All Okinawa committee to prevent new base construction...

Rallies in Ikebukuro and more than 20 places throughout Japan held in solidarity with Okinawa

Rallies in Ikebukuro and more than 20 places throughout Japan held in solidarity with Okinawa

 

August 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On August 11 at East Ikebukuro Central Park in Tokyo, an Okinawan prefectural rally met to show solidarity against land reclamation and base construction in Henoko, Nago City.

Those gathered mourned Governor Takeshi...

People gathered at Henoko to carry on Governor Onaga’s intentions

People gathered at Henoko to carry on Governor Onaga’s intentions

 

August 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

After the death of Okinawa Prefectural Governor Takeshi Onaga, who opposed the construction of the new base, on the morning of August 9 more than 200 people gathered in front of the U.S. military’s Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago City to...

Celebrating 110 years of Okinawa to Brazil immigration

Celebrating 110 years of Okinawa to Brazil immigration

 

August 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 5, the 110th anniversary ceremony for Okinawan immigration to Brazil was held at the Okinawa Cultural Center in Diadema, Brazil. Okinawa Vice Governor Moritake Tomikawa and others from Okinawa attended the ceremony.

Participants...

Rainfall in Okinawa reaches record high in July, 3.3 times more precipitation than usual

Rainfall in Okinawa reaches record high in July, 3.3 times more precipitation than usual

August 2, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 1, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced that the regional average precipitation in the Okinawa region in July this year was 3.3 times more than the average year. This was the greatest amount since these statistics started being recorded in...

Sunflower in full blossom after kindergarteners planted seeds in Motobu

Sunflower in full blossom after kindergarteners planted seeds in Motobu

Sunflower fully blossomed after local kindergarteners planted seeds at a farm in Bise in Motobu town, entertaining visitors.

The contrast of blue sky and yellow flower is very beautiful, as the 65-year-old landowner of the farm, Masataka Gushiken, called for visitors saying, “Please come...

US military conducts fifth parachute training on Tsuken despite opposition

US military conducts fifth parachute training on Tsuken despite opposition

July 19, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military conducted parachute training in the ocean in the Tsuken Island training area the afternoon of July 19. The parachute training marks the fifth training conducted this year. During the three training sessions held that day, a total of sixteen soldiers...

Ryukyu Shimpo Ikemiyagushiku Shui Award goes to group that released 2014 Okinawa statement

Ryukyu Shimpo Ikemiyagushiku Shui Award goes to group that released 2014 Okinawa statement

 

July 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 22 the Ryukyu Shimpo selected an international group to receive the Ryukyu Shimpo Ikemiyagushiku Shui Award.

The group selected had released a 2014 Okinawa statement signed by 103 international scholars, peace advocates...