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Okinawa Peace Memorial Foundation removes reference to “sacrifice for the nation” on website explanation of National War Cemetery

Okinawa Peace Memorial Foundation removes reference to “sacrifice for the nation” on website explanation of National War Cemetery

June 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

As of June 12, the Okinawa Peace Memorial Foundation has deleted from its website the wording “eternally houses the remains of war dead who sacrificed their lives for the nation in a time of national peril” as an explanation of the National War Cemetery of Okinawa. The statement now reads, “people whose lives were sacrificed in the tragic war.”

Last month, Governor Denny Tamaki announced that as the Okinawa Memorial Day ceremony to honor all those...

 

Craftsmen refresh Peace Prayer Statue ahead of Okinawa Memorial Day

Craftsmen refresh Peace Prayer Statue ahead of Okinawa Memorial Day

June 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Mabuni, Itoman City—the Peace Prayer Statue, enshrined in the Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall (Heiwa Kinendo), was dusted down during a “cleansing” ritual on June 11, days ahead of the Okinawa Memorial Day for the War-dead which falls on June 23. The number of...

The night sea glitters with countless life as table coral lay their eggs all at once in this captivating photo taken off the coast of Ginowan

The night sea glitters with countless life as table coral lay their eggs all at once in this captivating photo taken off the coast of Ginowan

June 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the Janabishi coral reef, around one kilometer from the Ginowan Marina in Ginowan, the table coral and midori-ishi coral in the reef were seen releasing all of their eggs at once at around 10:20 p.m. on June 10. Toru Higaonna, 47, who runs a diving shop in Naha,...

JGSDF construction resumes in Ishigaki, but local residents voice their concerns

JGSDF construction resumes in Ishigaki, but local residents voice their concerns

June 11, 2020 by Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki – The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) resumed construction of a base in the Omata neighborhood of Hirae-Omata, Ishigaki June 10, as part of a larger plan to deploy the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to the region. On that day, loud construction...

Musician Ryuichi Sakamoto talks Henoko base and Japan’s ‘undemocratic administration’

Musician Ryuichi Sakamoto talks Henoko base and Japan’s ‘undemocratic administration’

June 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Sadaharu Shimabukuro

World-renowned musician Ryuichi Sakamoto spoke to Ryukyu Shimpo’s Editor-In-Chief Tsuyoshi Matsumoto in a remote interview from his home in New York. He weighed in on the Henoko base construction issue and the global threat of the...

Okinawa is first in Japan to see end of rainy season

Okinawa is first in Japan to see end of rainy season

June 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced that the rainy season in Okinawa appears to be over. This is 11 days earlier than the end of rainy season in an average year (June 23) and 28 days earlier compared to last year, which was the latest end...

Henoko construction resumes despite a majority opposition in the newly elected Assembly

Henoko construction resumes despite a majority opposition in the newly elected Assembly

June 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On June 12 the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) resumed construction work on the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, which is intended to be the relocation site for Futenma Air Station (Ginowan City). At about 8:20 a.m. that day, two...

Editorial:Governor-supporting parties’ win of majority of seats shows popular will against new base

June 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Following the election for the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (48 members) at the expiry of assembly members’ terms, members of parties supporting Governor Denny Tamaki hold 25 seats in the assembly. This is two fewer than after the previous election under the Onaga...

Sea turtles return to Onna Village to nest after two years

Sea turtles return to Onna Village to nest after two years

June 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Kengo Kyan

Onna Village, Okinawa—On June 3, for the first time in two years, sea turtles were observed nesting at a beach in Nakadomari. Around 124 pink eggs the size of ping-pong balls were found. Terunobu Yamauchi, 82, who has been a conservationist for...

Foreign investors looking to buy up hotels in Okinawa as corona-related losses force many to sell

Foreign investors looking to buy up hotels in Okinawa as corona-related losses force many to sell

June 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Nakamura

The tourism industry took a big hit from the effects of COVID-19, and there are increasing stories of those who are looking to sell their hotels despite the drop in price, as well as foreign firms and investors who are looking to purchase lodging...

“It was so loud that I couldn’t sleep”, Osprey land on MCAS Futenma just before 11:00 p.m.

“It was so loud that I couldn’t sleep”, Osprey land on MCAS Futenma just before 11:00 p.m.

June 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 2 several vertical take-off and landing transport MV-22 Osprey landed on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma) in Ginowan City after 10:00 p.m., which falls outside the time period allowed under aircraft noise abatement measures (the noise prevention...