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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 is a U.S. combat medic who saved many colleagues. Organizers say 175 people including active members of U.S. Marine Corps joined the tour.

This is the largest number of participants the Friends’...

 

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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Japanese and South Korean groups to perform joint survey of Motobu burial site

Japanese and South Korean groups to perform joint survey of Motobu burial site

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Teppei Ikeda

In light of a Ryukyu Shimpo report revealing that fourteen military personnel and others, including Koreans, who died in an air strike by the U.S. military on a Japanese military transport ship were buried in Kenken, Motobu, members of the...

Tourism revenue for Okinawa reaches 660 billion yen, breaking record four years in a row

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 21, Okinawa Prefecture’s Department of Culture, Tourism, and Sports announced the prefecture’s tourism revenue for fiscal year 2016. The tourism revenue was 660,294,000,000-yen, a 9.6% increase from the previous year. This means that Okinawa has broken...

Helipad construction budget swells 15 times initial estimate to 9 billion 440 million yen

Helipad construction budget swells 15 times initial estimate to 9 billion 440 million yen

June 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government’s initial budget for the construction of helipads in the Northern Training Area (NTA) encompassing four helipads on three construction sites was approximately 610 million yen. However, on June 19 it came to light that in large part due to...

Governor Onaga encourages unity against Henoko base at Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony

Governor Onaga encourages unity against Henoko base at Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony

June 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Starting at 11:50 a.m. on June 23 at Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and Prefectural Assembly held the Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony. This ceremony is held in memory of the more than 200,000 people who lost their lives...

Island-wide prayer calls for world peace

Island-wide prayer calls for world peace

June 23, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

June 23 marks the 72 year anniversary of the cessation of fighting in the Battle of Okinawa on the island. The “Battle of Okinawa War Dead Memorial Service,” (hosted by the Okinawan government and prefectural assembly) which is meant to calm the souls of the...

Model Shoko to appear in Orion Southern Star commercial

Model Shoko to appear in Orion Southern Star commercial

April 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shoko, the Okinawan born model who has appeared on the cover of the Men’s fashion magazine GQ, as well as in advertisements for major corporations both domestic and foreign such as Under Armor, Star Flyer, and Toray, will be appearing in the “Orion Southern...

94-year-old model from Iejima becomes Instagram sensation with 36000 followers

94-year-old model from Iejima becomes Instagram sensation with 36000 followers

June 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A “grandma-model,” 94-year old Emiko Toguchi from Ie village and living in Hyogo Prefecture, wears colorful costumes and a pretty smile, attracting fans from all over the world. Since her 36-year old granddaughter Chinami Mori posted a photo of her grandmother...

A film about Aguni’s “bone washing” wins top award at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

A film about Aguni’s “bone washing” wins top award at Short Shorts Film Festival  & Asia

June 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 11 at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017 held in Tokyo and Yokohama from June 1st, a film “born, bone, bo-on,” which was directed by Gori of Garage Sale won the top award in the Official Competition Japan category. The film deals with the...

“Bases should be reduced,” says Rear Admiral Minoru Ota’s great-grandson participating in memorial service with his grandmother

June 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideki Matsudo

June 13 marked 72 years since Rear Admiral Minoru Ota, the final commander of the Japanese naval forces defending Okinawa, committed suicide in the underground headquarters. His great-grandson Dougul Sutherland, 23, of Australian nationality,...