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Kerama Islands to be designated as a national park

Kerama Islands to be designated as a national park

July 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Before the end of 2013, the Ministry of the Environment will designate the coast of the Kerama Islands as a national park. Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara announced this at a press conference on July 2. Famous for their precious coral reefs, the Kerama Islands have very clear water at shallow depths, serve as habitat for a high concentration of about 250 species of coral, and are a breeding ground for humpback whales. They will become the 31st national...

 

54th anniversary memorial ceremony of U.S. military jet crash onto Miyamori Elementary School

54th anniversary memorial ceremony of U.S. military jet crash onto Miyamori Elementary School

July 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty-four years have passed since June 30, 1959, when a U.S. F-100 fighter from Kadena Air Base crashed into Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa City (currently Uruma City). The Ishikawa and Miyamori 630 Association held the 54th anniversary memorial ceremony...

Takae resident loses High Court battle

Takae resident loses High Court battle

June 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court rejected on June 25 an appeal by Masatsugu Isa, 51, who has been protesting against the construction of U.S. military helipads in Takae, Higashi.

The Okinawa Defense Bureau filed a lawsuit with the Naha District Court...

East Asian Critical Journals Conference aims to overcome nationalism

East Asian Critical Journals Conference aims to overcome nationalism

June 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 5th East Asian Critical Journals Conference was held on June 29 and 30 at Okinawa University to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the quarterly journal Keshi-Kaji. Editors and researchers from Asian countries discussed working to create...

Filmmaker Junkerman to create movie about Okinawa

Filmmaker Junkerman to create movie about Okinawa

June 25, 2013 Naoki Isa of the Ryukyu Shimpo

American documentary filmmaker John Junkerman, 60, will make a documentary movie about the U.S. military base issue in Okinawa. The tentative title for the film is “Okinawa 1944-2014.” Currently living in Tokyo, Junkerman has been creating the...

Song Leftovers of the Warship inscribed on stone

Song <em>Leftovers of the Warship</em> inscribed on stone

June 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The monument featuring an Okinawa folk song Kanpo nu Kwe-nukusaa (Leftovers of the Warship) has been completed in Sobe in Yomitan. This well-known Okinawan folk song, written by Koubin Higa describes the feelings of people who survived the war.

The...

Kishaba Elementary School’s seniors hold graduation ceremony after 68 years

Kishaba Elementary School's seniors hold graduation ceremony after 68 years

June 20, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 19, a graduation ceremony was held at Kitanakagusuku Elementary School for graduates who were unable to receive their certificates due to the war. Seventeen people who were due to graduate in March 1945 are now at least 80 years old. They were happy to be...

40% of Battle of Okinawa survivors suffer from PTSD

40% of Battle of Okinawa survivors suffer from PTSD

June 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Psychiatrists and other specialists in Okinawa have looked into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues among Battle of Okinawa survivors. They have found that about 40 percent of elderly Okinawa residents who experienced the Battle of Okinawa are likely to...

War artifacts exhibit of Peace Memorial Museum faces difficulty

War artifacts exhibit of Peace Memorial Museum faces difficulty

June 14, 2013 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Every June, the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Mabuni, Itoman, holds the “New Artifacts Exhibition” to display items that individuals and groups have recently donated. However, because the museum has not received as many...

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...

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...