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Memorial service held in Chibichiri-gama where group suicide occurred during the Battle of Okinawa

Memorial service held in <em>Chibichiri-gama</em> where group suicide occurred during the Battle of Okinawa

April 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early stages of the Battle of Okinawa, on April 2, 1945, soon after the U.S. forces landed on the main island, an incident of group suicide (normally referred to in Japanese as shudan jiketsu in which the Japanese military ordered or drove civilians to commit suicide) occurred at Chibichiri- gama in Namihira, Yomitan Village. On March 31, family members of the 83 people who died held a memorial service at the gama, which means...

 

Six months have passed since the Osprey was deployed to Okinawa

April 1, 2013 Sakae Toiyama and Kenyu Uchima of Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, six months passed since the U.S. Marine Corps deployed the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. The deployment occurred on October 1 last year based on...

[Editorial] Consolidation Plan for U.S. bases Governments saying that they will “reduce the burden of bases on Okinawa,” is tantamount to an act of deception

April 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Maybe this is just a strategy to maintain the burden of bases on Okinawa. The plan does not talk of even one single military base being moved outside of the prefecture. Why don’t the governments of Japan and the United States realize that their forcing even greater...

Okinawa University offers fees waivers for foster care students

Okinawa University offers fees waivers for foster care students

March 29, 2013 Yoko Takaesu of Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 28, Okinawa University announced that it has set up a special bursary for foster-care students who need assistance. All tuition fees will be waived for these students for four years. Starting from next April, a limited number of enrollees...

Farming corporation to increase kuga-imo yam production

Farming corporation to increase <em>kuga-imo</em> yam production

March 28, 2013 Maki Nagamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Eco Project, a farming corporation in Nago, is increasing its production of the lesser yam, which is called kuga-imo in the Okinawan dialect. The yam is rich in nutrition, but because of the difficulty in harvesting and distributing...

Plaintiff wins lawsuit over death of SDF member from Okinawa

Plaintiff wins lawsuit over death of SDF member from Okinawa

March 30, 2013 Tatsuya Ikeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

The plaintiffs have won approximately 65 million yen in a lawsuit concerning the death of 20 year-old Eikichi Shimabukuro, who was killed in 2006 in hand-to-hand combat training at Camp Makomanai in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

The Sapporo District...

Pupils and residents bid farewell to schools being closed down

Pupils and residents bid farewell to schools being closed down

March 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 24, closing ceremonies were held at Genga Elementary School and kindergarten in Nago, and Kori Elementary School and kindergarten in Nakijin. Decreasing numbers of pupils mean that they will merge with neighboring schools from April. Genga Elementary School...

U.S. soldiers trespass on walking trail in Nago

U.S. soldiers trespass on walking trail in Nago

March 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been confirmed that at around 4:30pm on March 26, more than a dozen U.S. soldiers walked on a track in the Yambaru Discovery Forest in Aha in Nago. According to the manager of the facility, Yasuo Yamakawa, who witnessed the scene, they entered the facility...

Storehouse for old awamori completed

Storehouse for old <em>awamori</em> completed

March 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 27, the Township of Ryukyu Awamori-Sake, a cooperative consisting of 43 brewing companies, held the opening ceremony for an awamori storehouse at the International Logistics and Industry Accumulation Area in Uruma. The Ryukyu Kusu...

[Editorial] Heads of all municipalities in Okinawa demand that the commemoration of the anniversary of the restoration of Japanese sovereignty be stopped

March 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to protest against the Japanese government’s plan to hold a ceremony on April 28 to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Japanese sovereignty after the San Francisco Peace Treaty took...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly opposes central government celebration of the date of restoration of Japan’s sovereignty

March 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the plenary session of its regular meeting on March 29, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to protest against the Japanese government planning to hold a ceremony on April 28 to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Japanese...