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Museum to end program of sending Himeyuri survivors out for lectures

Museum to end program of sending Himeyuri survivors out for lectures

May 30, 2013 Reiko Akamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

From the end of September, the Himeyuri Peace Museum will end its program of sending out Himeyuri Student Corps survivors, who lived through the Battle of Okinawa, as lecturers for students on school trips. Since opening in 1989, the museum located in Itoman has educated many people about the misery of war.
The survivors have given lectures for over 20 years to let people know about the harsh realities of the Battle of Okinawa. As the age...

 

Astronomer of Miyako-jima descent to research in France

Astronomer of Miyako-jima descent to research in France

May 27, 2013 Yoko Shima of Ryukyu Shimpo

Yoshito Shimajiri, a 31-year-old astronomer whose father is from Miyako-jima City, will be hired at the National Institute of Saclay in France from June. It is rare for this institute to employ Japanese researchers. When Shimajiri came...

World Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in LA this July

World Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in LA this July

May 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 16, Minami Tamamoto, the director of the Okinawa head office of the World Youth Uchinanchu Association (WYUA), and Shingi Kuniyoshi, the president of the Okinawa Association of America (OAA), held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office to provide...

Removal of Cold War-era US nuclear base almost complete

Removal of Cold War-era US nuclear base almost complete

May 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 23, the Okinawa Defense Bureau showed the media a vacant lot in the Gimbaru Training Area where Mace B surface-launched missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads were based. The Gimbaru Training Area was returned to the Kin Municipal Office in 2011. The...

Three cases involving military personnel on duty not being subject to punishment

Three cases involving military personnel on duty not being subject to punishment

May 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Of the 188 cases resulting injury and death involving U.S. service members in Japan that have occurred on duty during the period from 2009 to 2011, three were processed as being not subject to punishment.

While disciplinary action was taken against service...

Sanshin fans promote Okinawan culture in Paris

<em>Sanshin</em> fans promote Okinawan culture in Paris

May 12, 2013 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of the Ryukyu Shimpo

French and Japanese sanshin fans living in Paris have been giving sanshin performances in events around France. Focusing mainly on folk songs, they have practiced once or twice a week since 2009. “Anyone can get into...

Tanaka wins second prize in the Miss Universe Okinawa pageant

Tanaka wins second prize in the Miss Universe Okinawa pageant

May 13, 2013 Sadao Tome, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa International University fourth-year student Atsumi Tanaka won second prize in the Miss Universe Okinawa pageant. Tanaka said, “Getting into the Miss Universe Pageant was both a challenge and an opportunity. It was the first...

The Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans established

The Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans established

May 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans (ACSILs) was established to promote scholarly research in order to achieve the independence of people who identify their ethnic roots as being in the Ryukyuan Islands. The planning...

3,500 people call for peace in 5-15 rally despite heavy rain

3,500 people call for peace in 5-15 rally despite heavy rain

May 20, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19, at the Ginowan Seaside Park, the Okinawa Peace Movement Center and the 5-15 Peace March Executive Committee held a citizens’ rally to call for the protection of life and peace. This was held in the year that Okinawa marked the 41st anniversary of its...

Former comfort woman rebuts Hashimoto’s remarks

Former comfort woman rebuts Hashimoto's remarks

May 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, co-leader of the opposition Japan Restoration Party, plans to meet former comfort women on May 24. On May 18, one of the women, Kim Bok-dong, held a press conference at Shalom Hall in Okinawa Christian University in Nishihara. Hashimoto...

25 women’s groups in Okinawa criticize Hashimoto’s remarks on comfort women

25 women's groups in Okinawa criticize Hashimoto's remarks on comfort women

May 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, the co-leader of the opposition Japan Restoration Party, has said that the Japanese military’s “comfort women” regime of forced prostitution of Asian women before and during the Second World War was necessary for Japanese...