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War victim group seeks to establish a war victim assistance law

War victim group seeks to establish a war victim assistance law

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 14 at the prefectural government offices, a war victim group filing a collective lawsuit with the central government for an apology and compensation to civilian casualties in the Battle of Okinawa, made its stance clear on a war victim assistance bill. On December 8, a multi-party group of Diet members announced a war victim special assistance bill for the Battle of Okinawa victims and an assistance bill for victims of air-raids. Commenting...

 

Nakahodo sets up a support project in Finland to keep people from forgetting the Great East Japan Earthquake

Nakahodo sets up a support project in Finland to keep people from forgetting the Great East Japan Earthquake

December 11, 2011 Yuki Nakasone of Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been nine months since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Efforts to help victims of the earthquake still continue today. An Okinawan woman studying in Oulu City in Finland worked with seven other Japanese students to make a charity event...

Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii publishes a book of stories of Okinawan Americans who remember the attack on Pearl Harbor

Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii publishes a book of stories of Okinawan Americans who remember the attack on Pearl Harbor

December 8, 2011 Kazuki Furugen of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii (President Rodney Kohagura), which is made up mainly of Okinawan immigrants, has published a book entitled “Talk Stories 5th Edition 2011.” The book features stories of Okinawan Americans...

Kawasaki Ward plans to publish recollections of U.S. military jet crash

Kawasaki Ward plans to publish recollections of U.S. military jet crash

December 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty years have passed since December 7, 1961 when a U.S. military jet crashed in Kawasaki, Gushikawa (currently Uruma City). Despite the crash killing two people, injuring at least six others and burning down three houses, the accident was not covered by media...

Women stage a protest rally showing a red card on the issue of the former Okinawa Defense Director’s injudicious remarks

Women stage a protest rally showing a red card on the issue of the former Okinawa Defense Director's injudicious remarks

December 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A protest rally organized by the Executive Committee of Women was held on December 7 at the Kyoiku Fukushi Kaikan in Naha. Many participants expressed their revulsion towards the injudicious remarks made by former Okinawa Defense Director Satoshi Tanaka and their...

Azama named National Language Teacher of the Year

Azama named National Language Teacher of the Year

December 4, 2011 Sadao Tome correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Yo Azama, a 41 year-old Japanese teacher from Tomishiro City currently working at North Salinas High School in Salinas, California, was named as the National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign...

Peace Studies Association of Okinawa established to promote the restructuring of peace education

December 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 4, the inaugural meeting of the Peace Studies Association of Japan, Okinawa Research Council, otherwise known as the Peace Studies Association of Okinawa, was held at Okinawa University. The Association was established to restructure peace education...

Japan has jurisdiction over the fatal traffic accident caused by a U.S. military civilian employee this January.

Japan has jurisdiction over the fatal traffic accident caused by a U.S. military civilian employee this January.

November 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference on November 24, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba announced that the Japanese and the U.S. governments have reached an agreement under the new framework by which Japan will be granted jurisdiction over serious crimes such as a fatal traffic...

OPG to set up an explanation board about the former 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter at Shuri

November 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A committee of five experts set up by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) and chaired by Professor Yoshifumi Ikeda of the University of the Ryukyus, held its second meeting on November 22 in which they drafted a description to be used on an explanation board...

Government to pay the total cost of evacuation in cases of unexploded ordnance disposal operations

November 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 19, the Cabinet Office finalized support measures through which the Japanese central government pays all of the cost for private organizations and municipalities to evacuate people unable to move by themselves in cases of unexploded ordnance disposal...

Japanese government restarts construction of the Takae helipads, resulting in stand-off with residents

Japanese government restarts construction of the Takae helipads, resulting in stand-off with residents

November 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of November 15, the Okinawa Defense Bureau recommenced the construction of the new helipads at Takae in Higashi Village in keeping with the partial return of the U.S. Northern Training Area. Takae residents and civic groups staged sit-in protest...