Category Archives: Politics

Public Forum 9/1/16: Peace & Security for Okinawa (UH-Manoa 5:30-7:30pm)

CONTACT: HOA (HAWAI`I OKINAWA ALLIANCE); Aiko Yamashiro: 358-0871; aiko.yamashiro@gmail.com OKINAWAN REPRESENTATIVES APPEAL FOR DEMOCRACY, PEACE, & HUMAN SECURITY Honolulu, September 1, 2016- Community leaders from Okinawa are in Honolulu to appeal for the protection of their island from further US … Continue reading

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Discussion on US Military Bases in Okinawa – Pre-register by 7/15/16

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20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro Raped and Killed by Former US Marine

Fellow Okinawans near and far: When will it end? WHO will support the Okinawan people? Should we just resign ourselves that as long as the US military remains in Okinawa, these crimes will continue? DOES ANYBODY CARE? If you see … Continue reading

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US Military Bases on Okinawa: Is Anybody Listening?

Fellow Okinawans near and far, The question is often asked, “When will all this end?” But nobody listens. Look at the Japanese gov’t, the American gov’t, our Honolulu City Council. No one seems to take to heart the plight of … Continue reading

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Resolution 15-322, CD1 Deferred

Folks, Got word that Resolution 15-322, CD1 has been deferred by the Honolulu City Council. Obviously, the city council members do not have an appreciation for the pain that the Okinawan people have been experiencing the past 72 years. Is … Continue reading

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Resolution 15-322 Timeline

MESSAGE FROM ED KUBA Ladies and Gents: Please note the following schedule of events: April 26: Meeting of Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee when Resolution 15-322, CD1 will be addressed. It’s not a perfect resolution, but is good enough … Continue reading

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Call for Testimony: Resolution 15-322 Committee Hearing 4/26/16 at 1PM

MESSAGE FROM ED KUBA Ladies and Gents: After six months of effort, Resolution 15-322, CD1 has finally been placed on the agenda for the Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 26, starting at 1:00, Honolulu Hale, … Continue reading

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Honolulu City Council Resolution re Henoko Needs Your Support on 4/18/16

Folks, This is crucial. Please send to all the Uchinanchus you know… family and friends… so that they can support this also. We have to show support for this resolution… for the Okinawan people. This is the least we as … Continue reading

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Petition (3/18/16) by Doktor Urging Hawai`i State & City Reps to Support Okinawan People

Hawai`i State & City Reps: Stand with Democracy by Standing With the Okinawan People By Pete Shimazaki Doktor YouTube video uploaded by Will Griffin on 2/29/16 Click here to sign the petition. Okinawa was illegally overthrown by Japan and continues … Continue reading

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‘On Stormy Seas: War, Geopolitics, and Identity Formation in Okinawa’ 3/18/16 at University of Hawaii

Click image to view the large PDF file. COS Lecture Series “On Stormy Seas: War, Geopolitics, and Identity Formation in Okinawa” by Kyle Kajihiro, PhD Student in Geography Department, March 18, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm, Tokioka Room, Moore (Rm 319).

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Full Text: U.S. Citizens’ Response to Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s 17 Dec. 2015 Statement of Support for Henoko Plan

In her December 17 Tokyo press conference, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy faithfully parroted Obama administration’s contention, saying that building a new U.S. marine base at Henoko in Okinawa is “the best of any other plan considered.” After cordial … Continue reading

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Support Honolulu City Council Resolution 15-322 Re US Bases on Okinawa

Updated 1/6/16 The Big Picture. Keep in mind that the 32 US military bases on Okinawa occupy 20% of the island’s prime land. Okinawa has a land area of 466 square miles and a population of 1.4 million inhabitants. Compare … Continue reading

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Photos from Governor Ige’s Trip to Okinawa and Guangdong Oct. 2015

Photos and captions from Governor David Ige’s Facebook page. For a video briefing of the trip, click here. Photos from Okinawa

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Gov. Ige’s Briefing on Trip to Okinawa and Guangdong (10/15/15)

(Apologies for the poor quality of the video. As of 10/16/16, this is the best quality available online for embedding. -Editor, Liuchiuan) Governor’s Office News Release Governor Ige returns from successful business, diplomatic mission to Japan, China HONOLULU – Gov. … Continue reading

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Hawaii-Okinawa Sister State Relationship

Note: The following report on the Hawaii-Okinawa sister state relationship is from State of Hawaii’s Sister States: A Report to the Hawaii State Legislature, January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008 by the Office of International Affairs, Strategic Marketing & … Continue reading

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Meet Okinawa Governor Onaga at Hawai`i Okinawa Center on May 28, 2015, at 7pm

From Eric Wada: Gusuuyo Chuuganabira, Governor Onaga from Okinawa will be visiting O`ahu from next Wednesday-Friday, 27-29th, then leaving to Washington DC to take the Okinawa people’s voice to Congress and Department of Defense concerning the Henoko mega base construction. … Continue reading

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Prefectural Rep. Itokazu to Speak on Okinawa Issues at UHM Hawaiian Studies Center 4/27/15 at 6:30pm

I know most of you won’t be able to make it, but I thought I would pass this on so you know what Okinawa is presently up against, especially Nago where the US wants to build a new base. Okinawa … Continue reading

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The Romantic View of Okinawans as Pacifists

Expanded 6/1/151 Stephen Mansfield’s article, “Okinawa: In the Crosshairs of War” (Japan Times, 4 Apr. 2015), is troubling in the sense that it perpetuates a romantic myth about Okinawans that is repeatedly used for propaganda. For example, he claims that … Continue reading

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OAA Hosting Screening of Chie Mikami’s ‘The Targeted Village’ 2/28/15

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Base Relocation, Student Exchange, Single Moms, Naha 6th in World, Naha Marathon, Science & Technology, Rinsho Kadekaru, Kumejima, HK Investors

“[Japan’s] Supreme Court rejects residents’ demand for new Okinawa base relocation assessment,” Japan Times/Kyodo, 12/12/14. “The central government is pushing for the planned relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from the densely populated area city of Ginowan on … Continue reading

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Goya Recipe, Nakasone Family Video, Ojima Fish Market, Okinawa Elections, Science Fair

Goya Salad Recipe, Cooking with Nao, Japan Update, 12/2/14 Sweet and Tender Simmered Pork Recipe, Cooking with Nao, Japan Update, 12/2/14 Video below — “Family Ingredients – Wahiawa,” uploaded to YouTube by Hawaiian Skies on 12/2/14. Note from the video: … Continue reading

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Takeshi Onaga Elected Governor of Okinawa

Last updated 12/3/14 Ryukyu Shimpo 11/16/14: Ex-Naha Mayor opposed to the construction of new US base wins Okinawa gubernatorial race Asahi Shimbun 11/16/14: Onaga, opponent of Futenma relocation plan, set to win Okinawa governor election Washington Post 11/14/14: As Okinawa … Continue reading

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David Ige, Governor!

Star-Advertiser 11/4/14: Ige it is (by Derrick DePledge & Kristen Consillio) Ryukyu Shimpo 11/6/14: Third generation Okinawan American Ige become new Hawaii Governor Reuters 11/5/14: Democrat David Ige wins Hawaii governor’s race, MSNBC projects LA Times 11/4/14: Hawaii: Democrat David … Continue reading

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1850 British View of ‘Lewchew and the Lewchewans’

Last updated 10/12/14 Two and a half years before Commodore Matthew C. Perry arrived, George Smith, the Anglican bishop of Hong Kong, dropped anchor at Naha, Okinawa. The date was 3 October 1850, and Perry wouldn’t arrive until 26 May 1853. … Continue reading

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Public Lecture: ‘Contemporary Life in Okinawa: Living Among and with the Military Bases’ 10/12/14

Last updated 10/11/14 From Joyce N. Chinen: (Forwarded by Rodney Inefuku) Please join us this Sunday, October 12, at 3:00 pm for the next Center for Okinawan Studies public lecture in Moore 319 at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium … Continue reading

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Compact Between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Loo-Choo, ll July 1854

The text of the compact below is from J. Willett Spalding’s The Japan Expedition: Japan and Around the World: An Account of Three Visits to the Japanese Empire, Redfield, New York, 1855: 339-341 [https://archive.org/details/japanexpedition00spalgoog]. Spalding served aboard the expedition flagship, … Continue reading

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Must Read: George Feifer’s ‘Okinawa: 66 Years Later’

Last updated 10/3/14 George Feifer’s article appeared in the February 2012 issue of Collier’s. Here are some excerpts: Starting with elementary facts about the largest land-sea-air battle in history may make sense because they’re so little known. Or approximation of … Continue reading

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Literature, Maui, Uchinaguchi, Kina, ‘Map It!,’ Comfort Women, Must-See, McDonalds

Last updated 10/1/14 Umushirikutu Ryota Shimabukuro, “Event introducing Okinawan literature held at US Library of Congress” (Ryukyu Shimpo, 9/14/14): On September 9, an event introducing Okinawan literature titled “Living Spirit” was held at the US Library of Congress in Washington … Continue reading

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Choko Takayama: A VIP and a Family Friend

My meeting with Choko Takayama was an amazing happening. Three years ago, a friend working at the Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park wasn’t feeling well so she was told to rest in the VIP tent. There, she talked with Mr. … Continue reading

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‘Residual Sovereignty in Practice: Japanese Law and Government in the US-Adminstered Okinawa, 1952-1972’ – Lecture on 9/30/14 at 3pm – UH-Manoa, Moore 319

Forwarded by Rodney Inefuku on 9/21/14

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