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British missionary Bettelheim court-martialed during American Civil War

British missionary Bettelheim court-martialed during American Civil War

August 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

British missionary and physician Dr. Bernard Bettelheim stayed in the Ryukyu Kingdom for eight years from 1846 before leaving Okinawa with Commodore Perry’s fleet. It is now known that he served as a surgeon during the American Civil War (1861-1865) after going to the United States from Britain. According to a publication released in the United States, Bettelheim was accused of neglect of duty, conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline,...

 

Coral bleaching confirmed at Kunigami for the first time since 1998

Coral bleaching confirmed at Kunigami for the first time since 1998

August 18, 2013 Mifuyu Hattori, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Nature guides have confirmed coral bleaching in the whole area of reefs in Kunigami. Some experts say that rising sea temperatures caused by record-breaking heat and strong sunlight have affected the condition of the coral reefs....

Okinawa plans to increase Shimakutuba users 30% in 10 years

Okinawa plans to increase Shimakutuba users 30% in 10 years

August 21, 2013 Naoki Isa of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Culture Promotion Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government published the Shimakutuba Promotion Plan Proposal on their website on August 20. The division aims to pass on the endangered Shimakutuba or the Okinawan language, to the next...

Ginoza residents protest against U.S. helicopter crash

Ginoza residents protest against U.S. helicopter crash

August 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginoza residents held a protest rally at the Ginoza Dome in the evening of August 22 in response to the U.S. military helicopter crash earlier that month. Wearing red headbands to indicate their protest against the U.S. military, about 1,100 people from Ginoza...

Nine Japanese people left behind in the Philippines visit Japan

Nine Japanese people left behind in the Philippines visit Japan

August 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine Japanese people left behind in the Philippines in the chaotic times at the end of World War II are visiting Japan in order to get Japanese nationality. The father of Antonio Takara, from Baguio, who had interviews at the Tokyo Family Court on August 8 and...

War victims in South Sea Islands file lawsuit against government

War victims in South Sea Islands file lawsuit against government

August 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

War victims in what were formerly as known the Nanyo Gunto (South Sea Islands) during World War II filed a lawsuit with the Naha District Court on August 15. They have sought an apology and damages of 11 million yen per person from the government .The plaintiffs...

Nine years since U.S. helicopter crash onto Okinawa International University: Protesters stage a “die-in rally” in front of Marine base

Nine years since U.S. helicopter crash onto Okinawa International University: Protesters stage a “die-in rally” in front of Marine base

August 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 13, protesters staged a “die-in rally” in front of Camp Foster, Kitanakagusuku to mark the ninth anniversary of the U.S. marine helicopter crash onto Okinawa International University. About 70 people took part in “Memorial Tuesday,” held...

Oliver Stone visits Okinawa

Oliver Stone visits Okinawa

August 15, 2013 Futoshi Hanashiro of Ryukyu Shimpo

American film director Oliver Stone arrived in Okinawa on August 13. That day, he visited Okinawa International University, which marked nine years since the U.S. military helicopter crashed onto its campus. On August 14, Stone also visited...

Oliver Stone says the war isn’t over in Okinawa

Oliver Stone says the war isn't over in Okinawa

August 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo invited two-time Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone to an event celebrating the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the newspaper at the theater in the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. Okinawa Television supported the event,...

Ministry of Defense builds fences at Futenma

Ministry of Defense builds fences at Futenma

July 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In a meeting of the Japan-U.S. Joint Committee on July 22, the Japanese and U.S. governments approved setting up fences at Gate 3 of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Nodake, Ginowan. To oppose the deployment last September of the first squadron of Osprey...

Battle of Okinawa PTSD symposium held at Hitotsubashi University

Battle of Okinawa PTSD symposium held at Hitotsubashi University

July 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Center for the Study of Peace and Reconciliation held a symposium on July 20 at Hitotsubashi University on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues among Battle of Okinawa survivors.

Psychiatrist Ryoji Arizuka and Tsuyoshi Kitamura, assistant professor...