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Hawaii POW letters written between 1945 and 1946 discovered

Hawaii POW letters written between 1945 and 1946 discovered

August 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome and Tomoki Yasutomi

 

On August 23, 15 letters addressed to Okinawans and Okinawan descendants living in Hawaii sent from a prisoner of war (POW) camp between 1945 and 1946 were discovered.

The letters were written by people originally from Okinawa, who became POWs of the U.S. military during the Battle of Okinawa.

They were relocated and forced to live as POWs in Hawaii. The letters detailed various sentiments...

 

Local residents enthusiastically celebrate traditional Great Tug-of-War of Henoko

Local residents enthusiastically celebrate traditional Great Tug-of-War of Henoko

August 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 19 the traditional Great Tug-of-War of Henoko was held at the Henoko Ground.

The community split into East and West teams for tug-of-war, and the West team won with one victory and one draw.

This event, where Henoko Ward reseidents...

4,500 people attend memorial service for Governor Onaga to mourn “The soul of a politician”

4,500 people attend memorial service for Governor Onaga to mourn “The soul of a politician”

August 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A memorial service for Okinawa governor Takeishi Onaga, who passed away at age 67 on August 8, was held at Daitenji temple in Naha August 13.

This is the first time that an Okinawan governor has died while still in office.

Approximately...

Gorbachev sent a eulogy to Governor Onaga

Gorbachev sent a eulogy to Governor Onaga

August 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 10, Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who was a leading figure in Cold War and received the Nobel Peace Prize, dedicated a eulogy to the late Governor Takeshi Onaga.

 

In the eulogy, Gorbachev says, “The...

Japanese government exploring seeking damages for 20 million per day loss if land reclamation at Henoko is suspended

August 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Japanese government announced August 20 that if construction were to be suspended due to Okinawa Prefecture’s revocation of approval for land reclamation activity, which is part of the plan to relocate MCAS Futenma to the Henoko neighborhood...

Two Futenma-based Osprey make successive emergency landings in Amami and Kadena

Two Futenma-based Osprey make successive emergency landings in Amami and Kadena

August 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 14, there were successive emergency landings of MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from MCAS Futenma Air Station at Amami Airport in Kagoshima Prefecture and at Kadena Air Base.

The causes of these emergency landings...

Furuzamami Beach is the best domestic beach according to TripAdvisor

Furuzamami Beach is the best domestic beach according to TripAdvisor

August 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 15, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel review site announced Japan’s top 10 best beaches.

Furuzamami Beach in Zamami Island, Okinawa Prefecture that came in third last year won first place this year.

Yonaha Maehama...

Governor Onaga leaves behind the words, “When Uchinanchu fight with one heart, it becomes a thing of great power,” for Okinawan protest opposing land filling in Henoko

Governor Onaga leaves behind the words, “When Uchinanchu fight with one heart, it becomes a thing of great power,” for Okinawan protest opposing land filling in Henoko

August 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

The “August 11 Okinawa convention to forbid land filling, and to demand protection for Dugong and coral and for the cancellation of new base facilities in Henoko,” (hosted by the All Okinawa committee to prevent new base construction...

Rallies in Ikebukuro and more than 20 places throughout Japan held in solidarity with Okinawa

Rallies in Ikebukuro and more than 20 places throughout Japan held in solidarity with Okinawa

 

August 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On August 11 at East Ikebukuro Central Park in Tokyo, an Okinawan prefectural rally met to show solidarity against land reclamation and base construction in Henoko, Nago City.

Those gathered mourned Governor Takeshi...

Editorial: Governor Onaga, who gave his life to fulfill his duty, dies from pancreatic cancer

 

August 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Governor Takeshi Onaga, who had been battling progressing pancreatic cancer, died on August 8.

He was 67 years old.

Onaga underwent surgery in April earlier this year, but the cancer cells spread to his liver.

From...

People gathered at Henoko to carry on Governor Onaga’s intentions

People gathered at Henoko to carry on Governor Onaga’s intentions

 

August 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

After the death of Okinawa Prefectural Governor Takeshi Onaga, who opposed the construction of the new base, on the morning of August 9 more than 200 people gathered in front of the U.S. military’s Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago City to...