“We hope to let people know about the Okinawa reversion movement,” ― Hentona High School Students make a film

On April 15, at Cape Hedo in Kunigami, the members of the Hentona High School Broadcasting Club interviewed Kazuo Uehara (far left) about the Okinawa reversion movement.

April 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The broadcasting club of Okinawa Prefectural Hentona High School has been making a film about the Okinawa movement to revert to Japanese sovereignty. Masataka Nozato and Mikiko Sakugawa, who are second-year students and members of the club, came to know about the movement when they were asked to act as host and hostess at the 40th anniversary ceremony of the Okinawa reversion to be held in Kunigami. The members of the club have listened to stories from those involved back at that time, and they want to understand more and tell young people about what they have heard. The club will submit the film to the All-Japan High School Broadcasting Contest run by NHK in June. On April 15, at the Cape Hedo in Kunigami, the club members commenced their coverage by filming the meeting of former schoolteachers and assembly members who participated in the Okinawa reversion movement. For the last 18 years, the people at the meeting have carried out the repainting of the inscriptions on the monument in commemoration of the Okinawan struggle for reversion to the mother country. This year, the students helped with the repainting of the inscriptions.

The people at the meeting explained to the students about the long-awaited reversion from U.S. military occupation and their disappointment after returning to Japanese administration, with the U.S. bases still being left behind.

Kazuo Uehara, the chairperson of the meeting said to the students, “I hope that today’s young people will create peace.”

After the interview, Nozato realized that the struggle still now continues to achieve real reversion. Riona Kinjo said, “We must do our best to respect the feelings of Uehara-san and other members.”  

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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