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Fountain pen found in trenches returned to owner after 75 years: “It was a gift from my father when I passed the high school entrance exam”

Fountain pen found in trenches returned to owner after 75 years: “It was a gift from my father when I passed the high school entrance exam”

August 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Ryota Nakamura

Recently, the owner of a fountain pen engraved with the name “Eiko Kakazu,” which was discovered in the 24th Division Headquarters trenches in Yoza, Itoman by a member of the group “Okinawa Ari no Kai,” which works on collecting the remains of those who died in the Battle of Okinawa, was found. The owner is Eiko Taira (formerly Kakazu), age 89, who was a student at the Okinawa Prefectural Daini Girls High School at the time her...

 

Medical association asks Okinawans residing outside the prefecture to exercise “patience” this summer

Medical association asks Okinawans residing outside the prefecture to exercise “patience” this summer

August 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Medical Association held a press conference on the morning of August 7 and requested Okinawans residing outside the prefecture to refrain from returning home during the Japanese Bon holiday season this year, which begins on August 13. President Tetsuyoshi...

Two new coronavirus cases confirmed on Iriomote Island, including one town employee, and insufficient healthcare on the island has its residents scared

Two new coronavirus cases confirmed on Iriomote Island, including one town employee, and insufficient healthcare on the island has its residents scared

August 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taketomi – The Okinawa Prefectural Office in Yaeyama and the Yaeyama Health Department have disclosed two new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Iriomote Island in Yaeyama, a boy in his teens and a man in his fifties. The two new cases were not included in the report...

PCR testing in Naha meant to be limited to Matsuyama ends one hour early after an unexpected number of people arrived, causing long lines and traffic congestion

PCR testing in Naha meant to be limited to Matsuyama ends one hour early after an unexpected number of people arrived, causing long lines and traffic congestion

August 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the first day of the prefectural emergency declared by Okinawa August 1, 58 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed as the spread of the disease shows no signs of slowing down. In Naha, where PCR testing is being conducted, large numbers of people concerned they...

“A crisis that threatens the island” Kudaka Island asks visitors to stay away

“A crisis that threatens the island” Kudaka Island asks visitors to stay away

July 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nanjo – On July 30, an announcement on the Kudaka Island, Nanjo website called for visitors to refrain from coming to the island to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The request takes effect on August 1 and will continue for the time being. The announcement...

Fireworks in Itoman and Uruma in hopes of an end to the coronavirus pandemic

Fireworks in Itoman and Uruma in hopes of an end to the coronavirus pandemic

July 25, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of July 24, just after the date one year before the planned start of the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, fireworks were launched simultaneously around the country in the hope of adding a bit of brightness and...

Base employees rush to get tested two weeks after cases were confirmed on base, with some calling the testing “too late” and others wanting to quit their jobs

Base employees rush to get tested two weeks after cases were confirmed on base, with some calling the testing “too late” and others wanting to quit their jobs

July 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Okinawa on July 25, the most single-day cases announced by the prefecture so far. Meanwhile, Okinawa prefecture has come to understand that there are a total of 229 cases from U.S. military personnel on the island,...

A catch of suku is unloaded at port, energizing Ojima Island in Nanjo

A catch of suku is unloaded at port, energizing Ojima Island in Nanjo

July 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nanjo – On July 21, which corresponds to June 1 on the old lunisolar calendar, a catch of suku (baby rabbit fish), also called the “ocean bonus” was hauled in to Ojima Island in Tamagusuku, Nanjo. Stores on the island that sell the fish were bustling with locals...

Residents near U.S. bases ask for PCR testing as coronavirus spreads among U.S military personnel

Residents near U.S. bases ask for PCR testing as coronavirus spreads among U.S military personnel

July 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo.

Upon receiving news that cases of persons infected with the novel coronavirus are being confirmed one after another on U.S. military bases, residents of municipalities in the north-central part of Okinawa Island are making one inquiry after another. As apprehension...

U.S. military reports 34 new COVID-19 cases in Okinawa, bringing total count to 99; cluster outbreak among Marines, one case on Kadena

U.S. military reports 34 new COVID-19 cases in Okinawa, bringing total count to 99; cluster outbreak among Marines, one case on Kadena

July 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa prefectural government announced it confirmed 32 new COVID-19 cases at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and one case at Camp Kinser, between July 12 and 13. Additionally, the Kadena Air Base Facebook page announced on the night of July 13 that one...

U.S. military rents hotel in Chatan Town to isolate personnel as Coronavirus countermeasure

U.S. military rents hotel in Chatan Town to isolate personnel as Coronavirus countermeasure

July 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

It came to light on July 9 that the U.S. Marine Corps has rented a hotel in Chatan Town as a countermeasure to the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The hotel will be used as an isolation facility for personnel from overseas who are being reassigned. The Chatan Town...