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Battle of Okinawa was “hell on earth”: A veteran’s vow to peace

Battle of Okinawa was “hell on earth”: A veteran’s vow to peace

April 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Friends of the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum hosted an educational 5K peace walk in Naha City on April 13. The course stretched from “Sugarloaf Hill”, which was the bloodiest battlefield during the Battle of Okinawa, to Shuri Park, where the former underground headquarters of the Japanese 32nd Army is located.

Akio Gima, 91, delivered a talk at the Himeyuri Peace Hall in Asato, Naha City.

Gima fought in the Battle of Okinawa as...

 

Residents near MCAS Futenma concerned by high concentrations of PFOS/PFOA in water, U.S. military refuses on-base investigation

Residents near MCAS Futenma concerned by high concentrations of PFOS/PFOA in water, U.S. military refuses on-base investigation

April 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Maki Nagamine

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the use of which chemicals is principally prohibited within Japan, have been detected at high concentrations in spring water and other water sources in the vicinity of the...

U.S. navy sailor presumably kills woman, commits suicide

U.S. navy sailor presumably kills woman, commits suicide

April 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 13 a 44-year-old Japanese woman and a 32-year-old U.S. Navy sailor assigned to a Marine Corps unit in Okinawa were found dead in a bloody apartment bedroom in Kuwae, Chatan Town.

According to the prefectural police, there are signs...

No-war pledge: families bereaved by mass suicide hold memorial service

No-war pledge: families bereaved by mass suicide hold memorial service

April 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yomitan—the War-Bereaved Families Association (represented by Norio Yonaha) held a memorial service at the Chibichiri Gama cave in Namihira for the 85 people who were forced to commit mass suicide on April 2, 1945, shortly after American troops landed on Okinawa’s...

Descendants of the Himeyuri Peace Corps visit the battlefield where the student nurses were mobilized for the 30-year anniversary of the Himeyuri Peace Museum

Descendants of the Himeyuri Peace Corps visit the battlefield where the student nurses were mobilized for the 30-year anniversary of the Himeyuri Peace Museum

April 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chikako Maemori

The Himeyuri Peace Museum in Itoman conducted field work at the battlefield that contained many of the casualties from the “Himeyuri Student Corps,” a corps of students that were mobilized to meet the need for medics during the Battle...

Taiwanese family returns to Okinawa to give thanks for help with expensive medical bills after giving birth prematurely on their honeymoon two years prior

Taiwanese family returns to Okinawa to give thanks for help with expensive medical bills after giving birth prematurely on their honeymoon two years prior

April 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Taiwanese couple that prematurely went into labor while on honeymoon in Okinawa, giving birth to Chen Chun-hon, 2, who weighed only 884 grams (1.94 lbs.) at birth, have returned to Okinawa to say thank you and to show their healthy child. The childbirth and subsequent...

Citizens stage sit-in and canoe protests as K8 seawall construction continues in Henoko

Citizens stage sit-in and canoe protests as K8 seawall construction continues in Henoko

April 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s construction of the K8 seawall off the shore of Camp Schwab is ongoing as of April 2.

Soil has been deposited into land reclamation sections...

“Even now colonialism continues.” Researcher calls for the restoration of self-determination for Okinawa 140 years after the Disposition of Ryukyu

“Even now colonialism continues.” Researcher calls for the restoration of self-determination for Okinawa 140 years after the Disposition of Ryukyu

March 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Miyagi

On March 27, it will have been 140 years since the Kingdom of Ryukyu was destroyed in 1879. Matsuda Michiyuki, the bureaucrat who abolished the Ryukyu Domain, entered Shuri castle accompanied by around 600 soldiers from the Kumamoto Garrison...

In Okinawa, Chinese and Japanese imperial era names once both used

In Okinawa, Chinese and Japanese imperial era names once both used

April 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese imperial era naming system has drawn attention recently, as the name “Reiwa” was chosen as the name of the new era that will follow Heisei. In Okinawa, there was a time when both the Chinese and the Japanese imperial era names were used. That period...

Okinawans abroad lobby for support, endorsed by Nobel laureate

April 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawans in the U.S. and Europe, and Okinawan Americans have newly joined forces as the Global Uchinānchu Alliance. The GUA lobbies members of the U.S. Congress to honor the will of the Okinawan people as evidenced in the prefectural referendum, in regards to the...

U.S. Osprey from MCAS Futenma makes emergency landing at Osaka International Airport

U.S. Osprey from MCAS Futenma makes emergency landing at Osaka International Airport

April 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Just past 1:55 p.m. on April 1, an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma made an emergency landing at Osaka International (Itami) Airport in Osaka Prefecture. There was no damage to the fuselage, and...