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Actor Mitsushima talks about anti-war movie Star Sand, shot in Iejima

Actor Mitsushima talks about anti-war movie Star Sand, shot in Iejima

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A movie depicting the spirit of non-combat, Star Sand, which was shot in Ie Island, was screened at the Sakurazaka Theater in Naha city on June 21. The movie told the story of American and Japanese deserters and a girl on an island of Okinawa during the war. The director Roger Pulvers and Okinawan actor Shinnosuke Mitsushima spoke to audience members at the screening. Director Pulvers said, “this movie opposes any form of violence including war and child abuse.”

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Volunteer group Pokinawa presents plan to set up permanent consultation mechanism to prevent crimes by US military

Volunteer group Pokinawa presents plan to set up permanent consultation mechanism to prevent crimes by US military

July 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 2, in Naha City, the group Pokinawa (Positive Campaign Okinawa), which aims to overcome differences in opinion through dialogue, held a presentation to discuss plans to prevent crimes by U.S. military in light of the rape and murder of an Okinawan woman by...

1,000 Mangoes on one tree at Higa’s Farm in Nakijin!

1,000 Mangoes on one tree at Higa’s Farm in Nakijin!

July 3, 2017 by Takahiro Arashiro Ryukyu Shimpo

Nakijin – A single mango tree has yielded close to 1,000 mangoes at Mineo Higa’s (65) mango farm, “Orchard Higa” in Imadomari, Nakijin, creating a buzz throughout the region. The tree is around 29 years old. The branches of the mango...

Okinawan municipal leaders fear US exceptions to SOFA may set dangerous precedent

Okinawan municipal leaders fear US exceptions to SOFA may set dangerous precedent

June 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 7 the Trilateral Liaison Council concerning U.S. Kadena Air Base, which consists of Kadena Town, Okinawa City, and Chatan Town, will go to Tokyo. There, the council will submit its appeal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Ministry of Defense...

Kadena Town Council adopts resolution against intense noise from congested Kadena Air Base

Kadena Town Council adopts resolution against intense noise from congested Kadena Air Base

July 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On the morning of July 4, the Kadena Town Council held an extraordinary session at which they unanimously adopted a resolution and statement of protest concerning intensified noise pollution from foreign aircraft flying into Kadena Air Base. It was...

Troubled by nightmares after the war, Hacksaw Ridge’s real life protagonist returned to Okinawa in 1995

Troubled by nightmares after the war, Hacksaw Ridge’s real life protagonist returned to Okinawa in 1995

June 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Katsutoshi Matsunaga

Desmond Doss (1919-2006) was the pacifist combat medic who refused to carry a weapon and saved 75 people in the Battle of Okinawa. More recently, his likeness was depicted as the protagonist in the movie Hacksaw Ridge, which premiered...

An international meeting of women has called for peace without military and the cancellation of the new Henoko base

An international meeting of women has called for peace without military and the cancellation of the new Henoko base

June 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 26, the International Women’s Network meeting against Militarism in Okinawa 2017 has issued a statement demanding the cancellation of construction of U.S. military helipads in Takae, Higashi, the new base in Henoko, Nago and a live-fire training range in...

Addressing disparate viewpoints on war between United States and Okinawa

June 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reports from Washington D.C.

The perception of troops in the United States is markedly different from the perception in Japan. Reports by the U.S. government and by television programs concerning military interventions in...

Ryukyu Shimpo and Yahoo co-create video on the Battle of Okinawa and military

Ryukyu Shimpo and Yahoo co-create video on the Battle of Okinawa and military

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo and Yahoo news have jointly created videos on the Battle of Okinawa and military base issues and shared them with viewers across the country. The videos are published on both Yahoo and The Ryukyu Shimpo’s websites.

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Maeda Escarpment used as the main stage of “Hacksaw Ridge.”

Maeda Escarpment used as the main stage of “Hacksaw Ridge.”

June 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 18, non-profit organization Urasoe History Guide Friends’ Society conducted a tour of a bloody battlefield around Urasoe Gusuku. The tour included Maeda Escarpment, the set of director Mel Gibson’s movie “Hacksaw Ridge” in which the main character...

Service held for war dead of former Ourasaki Camp, where 400 bones remain unrecovered

Service held for war dead of former Ourasaki Camp, where 400 bones remain unrecovered

June 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 10:00 a.m. on July 24, in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, a memorial service was held to mourn the loss of those who died at the former Ourasaki Camp. The camp was built in U.S. military camp Schwab immediately after the Battle of Okinawa.

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