“Day of Humiliation” rally held in Naha

“Day of Humiliation” rally held in Naha

Participants in the April 28 Day of Humiliation demonstration give three cheers, indicating their determination to do their best to win back Okinawan sovereignty (April 28, Kenmin Hiroba Plaza, Naha)  

April 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo


April 28 marked 69 years since the Treaty of San Francisco of 1952, which separated Okinawa from Japan, came into effect. On this day, the Okinawa Peace Movement Center held an April 28 Day of Humiliation demonstration at the Kenmin Hiroba Plaza in Naha. Participants criticized the noise, incidents, and accidents caused by the U.S. military, and voiced their hopes for a peaceful Okinawa. They also renewed their resolve to call on the Japanese government to respect the will of the people. The number of attendees was limited due to Covid-19 safety measures. Approximately 50 people participated.


In his comments, Hiroji Yamashiro, chair of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, touched on the fact that next year marks the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan. “With the reversion to Japan, Okinawans hoped to be rescued from the violent administration of the U.S. military. We are still far from achieving the peaceful society that Okinawans want.”


(English translation by T&CT and Ellen Huntley)


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