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Okinawan-Hawaiian Shiroma, whose family emigrated four generations ago, asks for information about relatives of his great grandfather Taru

Okinawan-Hawaiian Shiroma, whose family emigrated four generations ago, asks for information about relatives of his great grandfather Taru

March 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Musician Ian Shiroma, 42, an Okinawan-Hawaiian who lives in Aichi Prefecture and whose family emigrated to Hawaii four generations ago, is looking for relatives who may live in Okinawa.

His great grandfather Taru Shiroma was from Nishihara, and it seems that he emigrated to Hawaii before World War Two, but there is no further information on his family history. “I want to know my family history to tell my son,” Shiroma said.

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Hamaui held on beaches

Hamaui held on beaches

March 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On March 30, which is March 3 in the lunar calendar, Okinawan beaches were crowded with families and people enjoying shellfish gathering. Mitsue Ishikawa, who is from Ginowan City visited the beach at Yagaji, Nago with her daughter and granddaughter, and gathered...

Family of victims of “collective self-determination” pray for peace in Chibichiri-gama cave in Yomitan

Family of victims of “collective self-determination

April 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, in the dark of Chibichiri-gama cave at Hanza, Yomitan, where more than 80 villagers were driven to “mass suicide” (compulsory group suicide) on April 2, 1945, a memorial service was held by the Bereaved Family Association.

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Pornography and prostitution are “sexual exploitation”

Pornography and prostitution are “sexual exploitation”

March 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Author Minori Kitahara interviewed by Ami Chibana

The situations in which young women are likely to be pulled into the sex industry and the issue with people being forced to make an appearance in porn – what exactly is in the background of this huge industry...

Okinawa Prefectural Archives releases 580,000 pages of Battle of Okinawa-related US military documents

Okinawa Prefectural Archives releases 580,000 pages of Battle of Okinawa-related US military documents

March 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 31, the Okinawa Prefectural Archives will release to the general public roughly 584,000 pages of strategy report documents created by U.S. army and marine troops during the Battle of Okinawa. The documents were gathered from among documents held at the...

Tokashiki Village remembers history with memorial service for mass suicide victims

Tokashiki Village remembers history with memorial service for mass suicide victims

March 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 28 at Shiratama no To, Tokashiki Village hosted a memorial service for those who died in the “group self-determination” (compulsory mass suicide) 72 years prior on March 28, 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa. Bereaved family members and concerned persons...

For the first time in 43 years, a collection of new research on the Battle of Okinawa published

For the first time in 43 years, a collection of new research on the Battle of Okinawa published

March 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Board of Education held a press conference at their offices on March 29, regarding the March 10 release of Okinawan History Compilation 6; The Battle of Okinawa, as part of their modern history collection. The volume is a collection that includes background...

Aya Arashiro, “Mother of Okinawa,” has been looking after local foreign exchange students for over 20 years

Aya Arashiro, “Mother of Okinawa,” has been looking after local foreign exchange students for over 20 years

March 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the graduation and completion ceremony at the National Institute of Technology, Okinawa College in Nago on March 18, Aya Arashiro, 70, who runs the dining bar “Aya” in Nago, watched over two foreign exchange students. Arashiro has been supporting foreign...

American journalist covers Okinawa people’s rally for Public Radio International broadcast

American journalist covers Okinawa people’s rally for Public Radio International broadcast

March 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

An American journalist, 37-year-old Sonia Narang, attended the prefectural people’s rally on March 25 opposing the construction of a replacement facility to Futenma Air Station in Henoko, Nago. Narang is investigating and reporting on the reality...

Special award for Okinawan group performing Eisa dance for disaster-affected Tohoku

Special award for Okinawan group performing Eisa dance for disaster-affected Tohoku

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Tohoku Eisa Project” , which consists of people from Young Men’s Association of Kitanakagusuku village, received a special award from the Japan Seinendan Council. The Japan Seinen OB Prefectural Assembly Prize for Encouragement is a special award...

OPG orders central government to stop construction work in Henoko due to “inadequate explanation about the plan”

OPG orders central government to stop construction work in Henoko due to

March 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 28, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) ordered the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) to suspend the submerging of concrete blocks into the sea, which is part of work to set up silt protectors for the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago City....