Okinawans in the Philippines

In the Mintal district of Davao in the Philippines, there’s a Japanese cemetary, and in the cemetary is the Monument of Okinawa. Every year, a memorial service is held at the monument, which was “built by the Okinawa prefectural government in 1970.” A little known fact, at least for me, is that, “before World War II, many Okinawans migrated to the Philippines to work at Manila cotton plantations. The number of Okinawan migrants was highest of all prefectures in Japan.” The cemetary is the final resting place for “10,700 deceased military personnel and their families,” including “Okinawan civilians.” For more on this subject, see “Davao Memorial Service for the War Dead” in the Ryukyu Shimpo, 7/22/14.

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