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Memorial for a Kamikaze pilot unveiled at Ogimi

Memorial for a Kamikaze pilot unveiled at Ogimi

May 27, 2012 Kyoko Ishii of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 26, at the Rural Environment Improvement Center of Kijoka, Ogimi, the unveiling ceremony was held of a tanka inscription dedicated to Major Hiroshi Terauchi, a Kamikaze pilot who died during the battle of Okinawa. Tokyo resident 86 year-old Ayako Asano, younger sister of the fallen pilot, wrote the tanka to express her gratitude for the local people’s dedication. Twenty year-old Terauchi was killed in aerial combat...

 

Shoji and Akira Yoshimi grow Okinawa pines in Kagoshima for the last 40 years

Shoji and Akira Yoshimi grow Okinawa pines in Kagoshima for the last 40 years

May 29, 2012 Ikue Nakaima of the Ryukyu Shimpo

In Kagoshima City, there are four Okinawa pines (Pinus luchuensis) growing beside a road with a view of Sakurajima. Kagoshima resident Shoji Yoshimi, who has looked after these pine trees for 40 years, decided to hand on the baton to his son Akira...

Former chief analyst states that the MV-22 has a very serious issue in terms of safety

Former chief analyst states that the MV-22 has a very serious issue in terms of safety

May 28, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On May 27, former chief analyst Arthur Rex Rivolo, who testified before the House of Representatives in June 2009 on the inability of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to safely autorotate,...

One of the largest wartime shelters discovered in northern Okinawa found in Motobu

One of the largest wartime shelters discovered in northern Okinawa found in Motobu

May 27, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A dug-out shelter that would seem to have been built by the Imperial Japanese
Army (IJA) has been found in the hills of the Kenken district of Motobu. It is about 30 meters long, up to about two meters high and is one meter wide, and is probably one of the largest...

Big catch of banana fish

Big catch of banana fish

May 23 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22 at the Toya fishing port in Yomitan, there was a large catch of banana fish, known locally as gurukun, the prefectural fish of Okinawa. This catch is said to signal the arrival of summer. The total weight of the catch amounted to three tons, the...

American activist refers to Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty with U.S. military presence intact as “fraud”

American activist refers to Okinawa's reversion to Japanese sovereignty with U.S. military presence intact as “fraud”

May 15, 2012 Chota Takamine, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, 1972, the day of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty, an American woman delivered a speech with a U.S. Army sergeant at a protest rally held by the Okinawa Reversion to the Fatherland Council at Yogi Park...

Ninety percent of people in Okinawa oppose Henoko relocation plan

Ninety percent of people in Okinawa oppose Henoko relocation plan

May 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 5 and 6, ahead of May 15, the 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty, the Ryukyu Shimpo and Mainichi newspapers jointly conducted a telephone opinion poll to ascertain how people in Okinawa and the main islands of Japan view the reversion...

People of Kunigami and Yoron reunited on the sea 43 years after commemorating Okinawa’s reversion to Japan

People of Kunigami and Yoron reunited on the sea 43 years after commemorating Okinawa's reversion to Japan

April 29, 2012 Ryota Nakamura of Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 28, a meeting by people of Kunigami and Yoron took place on the sea at the northern latitude of 27 degrees. This used to be where the border was after the Amami Islands were returned to Japanese sovereignty in 1953. They reenacted the...

Sekitoku Girl’s School students’ Battle of Okinawa experiences screened

Sekitoku Girl’s School students’ Battle of Okinawa experiences screened

April 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of April 22 at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum in Naha the pre-screening of a short documentary Fuji Gakutotai, directed by Gakuya Nomura, was held. The film records the Battle of Okinawa experiences of Sekitoku Girl’s High...

Timetable of former Okinawa Light Rail found in diary of late songwriter Nakamoto

Timetable of former Okinawa Light Rail found in diary of late songwriter Nakamoto

April 21, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A timetable published by the Okinawa Prefecture Light Rail Office in 1943 was found in Gushichan, Yaese. Kaoru Nakamoto found the timetable inside his late father Minoru Nakamoto’s diary when he was cleaning up his father’s belongings. In the diary, there was...

Okinawan restaurant in Orange County

Okinawan restaurant in Orange County

April 23, 2012 Sadao Tome, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

In December 2010, Mayumi Tomita Vargas, who is originally from Yonabaru, opened an Okinawan restaurant named Habuya in Orange County, California. She said, “My dream has finally come true after coming to the United States back...