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First memorial service held for 12 Okinawan POWs who died in Hawaii

First memorial service held for 12 Okinawan POWs who died in Hawaii

June 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chie Tome reports from Hawaii

On June 4 local time, at Jikoen Hongwanji in Honolulu, a memorial service was held to mourn 12 Okinawan POWs who died in Hawaii. The 12 were among many Okinawans who were held as prisoners of war in the Battle of Okinawa and transferred to Hawaii by the United States military.

It is the first time a memorial service for Okinawan POWs has been held in Hawaii.

More than 200 people, including two ex-POWs, bereaved...

 

Two local protestors rushed to hospital while riot police clear Camp Schwab gate

Two local protestors rushed to hospital while riot police clear Camp Schwab gate

June 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of June 2, riot police removed protestors from Camp Schwab’s gate to allow the entrance of construction vehicles for the Futenma Air Station replacement facility in Henoko, Nago. As riot police removed protestors, one man and one woman were injured...

Indictment rate for US military in 2016 only 17%, less than half the overall indictment rate

June 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 31, a study by the Japan Peace Committee revealed that the indictment rate for general criminal offenses (criminal offenses excluding vehicular manslaughter due to negligence) by people associated with the U.S. military (military personnel, military contractors,...

U.S. military continues to use former aircraft parking apron, violating SACO agreement

June 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In January this year, the U.S. Navy’s former aircraft parking apron of Kadena Air Base was relocated in accordance with the 1996 Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) agreement to reduce noise in neighboring residential areas. However, on June 1, a representative...

Kumejima’s Kumesen’s new awamori “Karate” to go on sale next month

Kumejima’s Kumesen’s new awamori “Karate” to go on sale next month

May 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The awamori brewery Kumejima’s Kumesen (CEO: Masaya Shimabukuro) announced the release of their new Ryukyu Awamori “Karate,” at the Okinawa Karate Hall in Tomigusuku on May 26. The label has the kanji for “Karate,” and is decorated with things such as a...

Dockworkers’ unions request companies refuse soil hauling work for Henoko base construction

May 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ikue Nakaima

On May 29 the National Federation of Dockworkers’ Unions of Japan, comprised of 22,773 members from around the country and chaired by Kinichiro Itotani, submitted a written request to the Japan Harbor Transportation Association (JHTA) that...

Group created to record Isamu Kuniyoshi’s knowledge of remains collection for future generations

Group created to record Isamu Kuniyoshi’s knowledge of remains collection for future generations

May 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Efforts began on May 29 to pass down to future generations the experience and knowledge of Isamu Kuniyoshi,78, who worked for over 60 years collecting the remains and belongings of victims of the battle of Okinawa as a volunteer, before retiring in March of last year....

Taiwanese premature baby born in Okinawa returns home thanks to support

Taiwanese premature baby born in Okinawa returns home thanks to support

May 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A twenty-year-old Taiwanese mother who delivered a baby in the seventh month of pregnancy while travelling in Okinawa flew from Naha Airport to Taiwan with her baby at 9 p.m. on May 24. The newborn had gained 1600 grams, making him twice his March 30 birth weight,...

Henoko embankment work has continued for a month

Henoko embankment work has continued for a month

May 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

May 25th marked one month since the commencement of embankment work in Henoko, the first stage of land reclamation for Futenma Air Station’s replacement facility. The Ryukyu Shimpo photographed the construction area from the sky with a small wireless helicopter...

2,000 people hold rally, vowing to block construction of new US base in front of Camp Schwab gate in Henoko

2,000 people hold rally, vowing to block construction of new US base in front of Camp Schwab gate in Henoko

May 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, the All Okinawa Council held a rally seeking to stop the K9 seawall construction and never allow the environment to be destroyed. The council aims to block the construction of the new U.S. base in Henoko,...

Former No. 1 golfer Ai Miyazato retires, saying she can longer maintain her motivation

May 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference held on May 29 at a hotel in Tokyo, former Rolex world No. 1 pro golf player Ai Miyazato, 31, announced she is retiring because her motivation “cannot be maintained”.

She revealed that she decided to retire last summer. “I...