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Remains of former Japanese soldier returned to his family 69 years after his death

Remains of former Japanese soldier returned to his family 69 years after his death

April 8, 2014 Yoko Shima of Ryukyu Shimpo

The remains of a former Japanese soldier found in Urasoe Maeda in July last year were returned to his family members, who live in Machida, Tokyo, on April 7. DNA analysis has identified the remains of Kozo Tabata, who was a 33-year-old corporal of the Japanese Imperial Army at the time of the Battle of Okinawa. The man, originally from Akita Prefecture, was killed in battle. His son Kazuo, 76, daughter Takako Yanagisawa, 75, and Yoshiko Kato, 72,...

 

Chinese classic documents from the Ryukyu Kingdom era published

Chinese classic documents from the Ryukyu Kingdom era published

April 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the help of Okinawan researchers, Fudan University of China has published 36 books collecting Chinese classic documents and books that were written during the Ryukyu Kingdom era.

Japanese and Chinese researchers worked together to collect over 70 documents...

Grey-faced Buzzard recovers from injury in Okinawa

Grey-faced Buzzard recovers from injury in Okinawa

April 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An injured chick of the Grey-faced Buzzard has taken flight again after being in the care of Okinawa Prefectural Ishigaki Youth House. The bird flew vigorously toward the sky when staff released it on April 6.

This February, an Ishigaki citizen found the...

Filipino nurse candidate is first-ever in Okinawa to pass Japan’s national exam

Filipino nurse candidate is first-ever in Okinawa to pass Japan's national exam

March 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 25,Bulilan Gian Carlo Tortugo, who is from the Philippines and has been attending a training course at Arakaki Hospital in Ageda, Okinawa City, passed the Japanese national nursing exam. She was one of the foreign-nurse candidates accepted into the Okinawa...

ANA’s jumbo jet makes final flight from Naha to Haneda

ANA's jumbo jet makes final flight from Naha to Haneda

March 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Boeing 747-400 – commonly known as “Jumbo-Jet” of All Nippon Airways (ANA) made its final flight on the morning of March 31. The retirement ceremony for the aircraft was held at the Naha Airport Domestic Terminal. The final flight, onto which 565...

Asbestos victim’s lawsuit: government to pay 18.75 million yen to family of Okinawan worker on U.S. military base

March 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government and the bereaved family of an Okinawan man who worked at the U.S. base and died of asbestos exposure agreed to a settlement proposed by the Naha District Court on March 27. The government will pay 18.75 million yen to the family of the victim. The...

Over 10,000 people sign online petition against Henoko landfill

March 23, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Washington D.C.

As of March 22, more than 10,000 people had signed an online petition against the Henoko landfill. Prominent intellectuals from Australia, the United States and Europe have called for the governments of the United States and Japan...

Conference on the secret to Okinawan longevity held in Hawaii

Conference on the secret to Okinawan longevity held in Hawaii

March 24, 2014 Chikako Nago, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Uchinanchu Talk Story IV was held on March 9 at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii. This is the fourth time the organizers have held the conference. The previous conferences focused on the themes of the spirit of...

Letters and lists of gift items sent by Ryukyu Kings to the Edo government recommended for inclusion in Important Cultural Properties of Japan

Letters and lists of gift items sent by Ryukyu Kings to the Edo government recommended for inclusion in Important Cultural Properties of Japan

March 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Valuable documents revealing Ryukyu Kings’ ties to the Edo government may soon be on Tokyo’s list of important cultural properties. A collection of letters and gift-lists presented by the Ryukyu Kingdom to the elders of Edo was recommended for inclusion...

DNA analysis identifies human remains in the Battle of Okinawa

DNA analysis identifies human remains in the Battle of Okinawa

March 13, 2014 Ryuyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has carried out DNA analysis on the human remains that were found in Maeda district of Urasoe last July. The ministry identified the remains and found the bereaved family on March 12. The human remains belong to a Japanese...

One-thousand member committee criticizes government’s reinterpretation of Constitution

One-thousand member committee criticizes government's reinterpretation of Constitution

March 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an attempt to prevent the reinterpreting of Japan’s Constitution by the Abe administration to be able to defend allies who come under attack, on March 4, distinguished intellectuals set up a group called the “1000-member committee to prevent Japan...