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Eldest Battle of Okinawa storyteller, Toshie Asato, retires after 40 years sharing her experiences

Eldest Battle of Okinawa storyteller, Toshie Asato, retires after 40 years sharing her experiences

May 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Wakana Arakaki

Toshie Asato is the eldest professional Battle of Okinawa storyteller in Okinawa, upon whom the movie Gama: Getto no Hana was modeled. At the age of 98, she has decided to stop storytelling due to poor physical health. On May 16, she held her final storytelling event at Kishaba Community Center in Kitanakagusuku Village. To the students gathered, who were visiting Okinawa on a field trip, Asato said, “It has been my mission to tell...

 

Thai Festival to be hosted in Okinawa for the first time this fall

Thai Festival to be hosted in Okinawa for the first time this fall

May 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

For the first time ever, the Thai Festival hosted by the Embassy of Thailand in Japan is to take place as early as this fall in Okinawa. The festival is being advertised on the Embassy of Thailand’s homepage. The festival is known for being hosted around the world...

Okinawa Defense Bureau suspends construction as crested serpent eagle spotted building nest in area of planned JSDF deployment

Okinawa Defense Bureau suspends construction as crested serpent eagle spotted building nest in area of planned JSDF deployment

May 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki – The Okinawa Defense Bureau announced May 9 that during an environmental monitoring survey conducted at the end of April in Hirae, Ishigaki, where the JSDF plans to deploy, the found a crested serpent eagle, a national special natural monument, building...

Drone restrictions reform could inhibit press freedom and citizens’ access to information

Drone restrictions reform could inhibit press freedom and citizens’ access to information

May 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Saki Yoshida

The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) is advancing construction, such as building seawalls and depositing soil, to entrench the “outer moats” of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF). Photographs taken from drones have become a precious...

Revealed: why the U.S. military built civilian internment camps during the Battle of Okinawa

Revealed: why the U.S. military built civilian internment camps during the Battle of Okinawa

May 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture published an anthology on the city’s history titled “The U.S. Military Operations and Civilian Internment Districts 1945-1946 – Centered in Yambaru, Nago.” It contains translations of records by U.S. military officers and photographs...

Photo Gallery: Once in 50-year deluge hammers Yonaguni Island

Photo Gallery: Once in 50-year deluge hammers Yonaguni Island

May 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A record rainfall of a magnitude expected once every 50 years hit Yonaguni Island on May 13, which lost its intensity by afternoon, turning into a light shower. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is urging people to stay alert of mudslides triggered by the heavy...

260 demonstrators march through Shinjuku to protest discrimination against Okinawa in the form of U.S. bases, question Okinawa’s reversion to Japan

260 demonstrators march through Shinjuku to protest discrimination against Okinawa in the form of U.S. bases, question Okinawa’s reversion to Japan

May 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On May 12, the Okinawa One-Tsubo Anti-War Landholders Association, Kanto Bloc held a protest near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo to re-think “May 15,” as this year marks 140 years since the 1879 Ryukyu annexation (the “Ryukyu Disposition”) and 47 years...

Editorial: Prime Minister Abe’s stance on constitutional amendments dangerously belittles the constitution

May 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

In a video message released by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo May 3, he announced his intention to revise Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, including an explicit reference to the Japanese Self Defense Forces (JSDF), and stated that he was sticking to the goal of carrying...

MOD may shorten FRF construction with foreign work ships, increasing environmental burden

May 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7 it became clear that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) is considering using both domestic work ships and work ships from abroad to conduct ground improvement work on the soft ground at the site in Henoko, Nago City, as part of construction of the Futenma Replacement...

Korean Air Lines operating four round trip charter flights between Incheon and Shimojishima

Korean Air Lines operating four round trip charter flights between Incheon and Shimojishima

May 9, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 8 the major South Korean airline company Korean Air Lines announced that it will operate charter flights between Incheon and Shimojishima from the Miyako Shimojishima Airport Terminal in Irabu, Miyakojima City. This will be the first international charter route...

Dr. Satoshi Shirai, Kyoji Yanagisawa question Japanese sovereignty at East Asia Community Institute Symposium, “The system of concentrating bases in Okinawa is designed to hide the problem from mainland Japan”

Dr. Satoshi Shirai, Kyoji Yanagisawa question Japanese sovereignty at East Asia Community Institute  Symposium, “The system of concentrating bases in Okinawa is designed to hide the problem from mainland Japan”

May 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The East Asia Community Institute Okinawa (Ryukyu) held a public symposium titled, “Calling into question democracy in Japan – is Japan really an independent, democratic nation?” at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Izumizaki, Naha May 5 (with support from Ryukyu Shimpo...