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Some of Okinawan seen as spies in the Japanese Imperial Army documents during the Battle of Okinawa

Some of Okinawan seen as spies in the Japanese Imperial Army documents during the Battle of Okinawa

June 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa International University Professor Shinobu Yoshihama held a lecture to mark the 69th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum in Naha on June 15. He talked about what the testimonies of local citizens and the Japanese Imperial Army documents revealed about the war. About 160 people took part in the lecture and listened intently to what Yoshihama said.

Yoshihama said, “After the battle...

 

Educators swear at memorial service never to send their students to war

Educators swear at memorial service never to send their students to war

June 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 7, the 61st memorial service for 7609 pupils, students, teachers and school staff members who were killed in the Battle of Okinawa, was held at the Okinawa Prefecture Education Center at Kumoji, Naha. Fifty-four people, including educators and bereaved family...

Vice defense minister asks for mayor’s cooperation to deploy ground force on Miyako Islands

June 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Ryota Takeda met with Miyakojima City Mayor Toshihiko Shimoji on June 12 at the city hall. Takeda asked for the mayor’s cooperation to deploy a security force of the Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) on the islands....

Japanese American organizations select Okinawan for 2014 Women of the Year Award

Japanese American organizations select Okinawan for 2014 Women of the Year Award

June 9, 2014, Sadao Tome, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Downtown Los Angeles Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen League and the Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California selected four women for the 2014 Women of the Year Award on May 4. The organizations recognized them...

Onna Village continuing international exchanges with four Asian countries

Onna Village continuing international exchanges with four Asian countries

June 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Onna Village Board of Education continues to provide chances for children to connect with Asian neighbours through an international exchange programs with four Asian countries and regions such as Taiwan and Malaysia. In February, Onna received approval to conduct...

Major Taiwanese company buys 1,650 square meters of land along Kokusai Street

June 10, 2014 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Major Taiwanese Cement Company Chia Hsin Cement Corporation bought about 1,650 square meters of land along Kokusai Street in the Matsuo district of Naha. The company concluded a sales contract with an Okinawan company that owned the land, on June...

Former Okinawa Governor Ota: When wars occur, governments send young people to battlefields first

Former Okinawa Governor Ota: When wars occur, governments send young people to battlefields first

June 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the lead up to the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota who is director of the Ota Peace Research Institute, has delivered a lecture at Mawashi High School on June 4.

Ota talked about the Abe administration’s...

Two villages in Nagano and Okinawa share secrets of longevity

Two villages in Nagano and Okinawa share secrets of longevity

June 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
On June 3, six staff members from Matsukawa village Office, Nagano, visited Kitanakagusuku Village Office to study the longevity of residents. According to data released last year by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, Matsukawa Village has the longest...

U.S. Navy deflects call for explanation about damages to tuna fishing boats

U.S. Navy deflects call for explanation about damages to tuna fishing boats

June 10, 2014 Hideki Matsudo and Kenichi Yoshida of Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of the Okinawan fishing industry suspect the US Navy Ocean Surveillance Ship Impeccable was involved in cutting the trawl lines of seven tuna fishing boats in waters near the main Island of Okinawa. On June 9, a public...

First Russia-Okinawa charter services launched

First Russia-Okinawa charter services launched

June 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of June 4, a charter flight from Khabarovsk, Russia arrived at Naha Airport. The Okinawa Visitor Convention Bureau held a welcoming ceremony on the same day at the international passenger terminal, greeting 115 tourists and officials from Russian travel...

Japanese Living National Treasure Terukina leads a classical Ryukyuan music concert at National Theatre of Japan

Japanese Living National Treasure Terukina leads a classical Ryukyuan music concert at National Theatre of Japan

June 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A classical Ryukyuan performance organization, led by 82-year-old Japanese Living National Treasure Choichi Terukina, held a concert at the National Theatre of Japan in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo on June 8. In a rare event for the theatre, Terukina’s organization...