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Daughter of war victims from abroad joins plaintiffs in Nuchidu-Takara lawsuit

Daughter of war victims from abroad joins plaintiffs in <em>Nuchidu-Takara</em> lawsuit

June 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12, Katsue Shingaki Garner, a 75-year-old resident of Georgia, United States, who is originally from Nishihara Cho, added her name to the list of plaintiffs in the lawsuit called Nuchidu-Takara. The group seeks an apology from the central government and compensation for civilian casualties in the Battle of Okinawa. She lost both her parents in the war – her mother in the Battle of Okinawa, and her father in an air raid on Palau. Shingaki...

 

Rainy season in Okinawa ends early

Rainy season in Okinawa ends early

June 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced on June 14 that the rainy season in Okinawa has ended.

The rainy season in the region usually continues until around on June 23, so it has ended nine day earlier than usual.

This year, the Okinawa region’s...

Moving song about Himeyuri students

Moving song about Himeyuri students

June 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A song that 86-year-old Naha resident Teruko Omine wrote as a memorial to her friends who died during the Battle of Okinawa as Himeyuri nurse-aides is arousing people’s sympathy. Omine attended the former Okinawa Daiichi Women’s High School, which...

Okinawans reunite after 68 years

Okinawans reunite after 68 years

June 3, 2013 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventy-nine-year-old Eijiro Gibo, a recognized authority on Okinawan traditional arts and former head of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum, and 94-year-old Seiyu (subsequently: Frank) Agarie have met for the first time in 68 years.

Gibo...

AmerAsian School in Okinawa marks 15th anniversary of establishment

AmerAsian School in Okinawa marks 15th anniversary of establishment

June 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 1, at Jubilance in Ginowan, the AmerAsian School in Okinawa celebrated the 15th anniversary of its establishment. Amerasian refers to people born in Asia to a U.S. military father and an Asian mother.
About 200 people – current students, parents,...

“Clean-Pic” for beach cleaning

“Clean-Pic” for beach cleaning

May 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 22, the “Clean-Pic” national convention will be held at the Yonashiro Comprehensive Park in Uruma. Clean-Pic is a new activity designed to help clean up beaches, and is something that people can participate in casually. On May 30, the Planning Committee...

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...

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...