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Kuniyoshi retires from gathering remains of war dead after 60 years

Kuniyoshi retires from gathering remains of war dead after 60 years

April 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In March, 77-year-old Isamu Kuniyoshi retired from his volunteer role collecting the remains of war dead found in former Japanese military bases in Okinawa. He is stepping down due to his weakening health.

Kuniyoshi had engaged in these activities for about 60 years, collecting more than 3,800 remains and more than 100,000 personal items. His volunteer activities include returning of remains and personal items to bereaved families after identification....

 

Fundraising for ancient Ryukyuan sailing experiment reaches 20 million yen

Fundraising for ancient Ryukyuan sailing experiment reaches 20 million yen

April 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

An online fundraising campaign in support of a project organized by the National Museum of Nature and Science (NMNS) reached its goal of 20 million yen on April 4. The project, which is called a “Full Verification of 30,000-year-old Navigation”, aims to verify...

Colorful flowers bloom during Urizun period in Tokashiki

Colorful flowers bloom during Urizun period in Tokashiki

April 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideaki Yoneda

Tennoume (Ribes ambiguum) and Easter lilies bloomed in the wilderness of Tokashiki Island. The rupestrine flowers are found on the beach and bloom during the Urizun period from April to May.

Tennoume, which is also called Izasonsho,...

Flight between Naha and Seoul to start in May

April 5 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Korean Air Lines announced on April 4 that it will start a round trip between Naha and Seoul from May 5. The airline will operate one flight per day. It will be the first time Korean Air Lines has operated a regular flight between Okinawa and Korea. A Boeing 777 containing...

Citizens call for removal of Futenma base 20 years after Japan and US agreed to close it

Citizens call for removal of Futenma base 20 years after Japan and US agreed to close it

April 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 10, at a park in Oyama, Ginowan, near Futenma U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, citizen groups rallied for the removal of the base fence and the return of military land. Two decades have passed since the governments of Japan and the United States agreed to...

ODB withdraws document for GSDF deployment to Miyako Island over groundwater issue

April 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the end of last year a letter of intent (LOI) for the plan for deployment of the Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) to Miyako Island was delivered to the island’s local government by the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB). The LOI must be agreed upon prior to execution...

Seven hundred protest Medoruma arrest, continued oppression

Seven hundred protest Medoruma arrest, continued oppression

April 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 6, an Okinawan group opposing military base relocation within Okinawa organized an urgent protest rally held in front of the gate to U.S. Camp Foster in Kitanakagusuku. According to the organizers, 700 people joined the rally, where they raised their voices...

Yomitan villagers pray for eternal peace 71 years after US forces landed

Yomitan villagers pray for eternal peace   71 years after US forces landed

April 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, 1945, 71 years ago, U.S. forces landed on the beach of Yomitan Village. On a radio program in the afternoon, Mayor Denjitsu Ishimine called for residents to remember the lessons of war: “We should not forget the day, April 1, and we would like to pray...

Citizens see US soldier holding gun along roadside in Kunigami

Citizens see US soldier holding gun along roadside in Kunigami

March 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pedestrians witnessed a US soldier pointing a gun during training near the roadside around landing zone 4 in Aha, Kunigami village around 5:30 p.m. on March 20. The road leads to the village’s environmental education center, “Yanbaru Manabi no Mori,” and...

Okinawan Nisei Ono Immersed in Ryukyu Performing Arts

Okinawan Nisei Ono Immersed in Ryukyu Performing Arts

April 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sadao Tome

Sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, exchange student 25-year-old Amy Ono studied at the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts for one year. She is an Okinawan Nisei (second-generation immigrant), born in Los Angeles. Her study...

Movie version of novel Cocktail Party more than 10 years in the making

Movie version of novel Cocktail Party more than 10 years in the making

April 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the United States, film director Reggie Life has made a movie version of author Tatsuhiro Oshiro’s 1965 novel Cocktail Party, the first literary work from Okinawa to win the Akutagawa Prize in 1967.

In 1995, Oshiro made a play version of the book set...