An American GI stands behind Japanese residents of Okinawa

who had surrendered, near the end of one of the fiercest battles

of the Pacific War, June 1945.



On Battle of Okinawa Anniversary, Okinawans Feel Abandoned by Mainland (Chunichi Shimbun, Japan)


“Has Prime Minister Noda ever given a thought to the suffering of the Okinawan people, their sadness at having lost relatives and friends in the war, their anger toward the past U.S. occupation, and their indignance at having to continue living alongside U.S. military bases? Reflecting on his Okinawan policies up to now, it is highly doubtful.”




Translated By Violet Knight


June 24, 2012


Japan - Chunichi Shimbun – Original Article (Japanese)

Residents of Okinawa and family members of those killed during the battle for the island during World War II mourn the victims, at the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park on Mabuni Hill.


JAPAN TV VIDEO: Volunteers sing in memory of the people who died defending Okinawa in the Battle of Okinawa, at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Okinawa, July 1, 00:05:34RealVideo

About 150,000 local lives were lost as a result of the fierce ground battle in Okinawa. After the war, a brutal occupation by the U.S. military was forced upon the prefecture, and even after Okinawa’s return to Japan [in 1972], vast military bases remain. Today is Memorial Day marking the end of the Battle of Okinawa, and we should all relate to the despair, bitterness and anger felt by Okinawans.


On June 23rd, 1945, organized warfare on the part of the Japanese Army ceased with the seppuku of General Mitsuru Ushijima, commander the “32nd Army” defending Okinawa. It was almost three months after U.S. forces landed on Okinawa. The severity of the battle is clear from the fact that a quarter of the local population was killed, if one includes death by starvation and malaria.


The site of the last battle for the island took place on Mabuni Hill in southern Okinawa’s Itoman City. A memorial service for all the Okinawan war dead will be held today at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will be taking part and giving a speech. But what will the prime minister have to say?


Has he ever given a thought to the suffering of “Shimanchu (the Okinawan people),” their sadness at having lost relatives and friends in the war, their anger toward the past U.S. occupation, and their indignance at having to continue living alongside U.S. military bases? Reflecting on the Okinawan policies of the Noda Administration up to now, it is highly doubtful.


In relation to the relocation of U.S. Marine air base at Futenma, the government has refused to budge from its position that relocation within Okinawa to Henoko is “the only effective way forward.”

Posted by Worldmeets.US


This is despite the fact that Governor Hirokazu Nakaima has twice voiced his opinion on the government’s Environmental Impact Statement, which is that such a move “would be virtually impossible” in practice.


Why hasn’t it occurred to the prime minister that if the Futenma base needs to be relocated, building another base in Okinawa, where 74 percent of U.S. bases in Japan are already located, will result in an excessive overburden on the prefecture?



Ryukyu Shimpo, Japan: Okinawans ‘Unswervingly’ Against ‘Defective’ Osprey
Tokushima Shimbun, Japan: Okinawa Deserves Freedom from American Bases
Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan: Okinawa Governor 'Adament' About Osprey
Asahi Shimbun, Japan: Opposition to Osprey Deployment Grows
The Okinawa Times, Japan: It's Time to End Japan's 'Servitude to America'
Nishinippon Shimbun, Japan: It's Imperative for Japan to Look Outward Again
Nishinippon Shimbun, Japan: Revise ‘Inequitous’ U.S.-Japan Security Deal
Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun, Japan: After Quake, Japan Can Ill Afford U.S. Base Repair
People's Daily, China: Australia Should Avoid Helping U.S. Hurt China's Interests
Australia: Aussie Coverage of Obama's Visit to Darwin; His Challenge to China
Isen Shimbun, Japan: Despite its Mistakes, Japan Needs U.S. More than Ever
The Hankyoreh, South Korea: Talk of Renewed North Korea-China Alliance
Huanqui, China: America Stirs Anti-China Fears in South China Sea
Mainichi Shimbun: China 'Mustn't Be Permitted' to Push Around its Neighbors
People's Daily, China: Clinton's 'Insults' Violate China's Human Rights
People's Daily, China: U.S. Internet Hypocrisy Creates Global Suspicion
Huanqui, China: U.S.-Listed Chinese Firms are Ruining China's Reputation
Huanqui, China: Blunt Talk Reflects Improved Sino-U.S. Military Relations


Not only that, but the U.S. Marine Corp. intends to deploy the military transport aircraft MV22 Osprey at Futenma. The Osprey has suffered accident after accident since being deployed worldwide, and is a dangerous aircraft the safety of which has not been established.


When will the Japanese government, who approved the deployment, hear the voices of Okinawans who want to see the plan rejected?


Okinawa was sacrificed to buy time to prepare for the battle for the mainland. Admiral Minoru Ota, who commanded the Japanese Navy in Okinawa, sent a final telegram to the vice admiral of the Japanese Navy before his death: “The Okinawan people have made great a sacrifice. For this reason, I ask that you give special consideration to the Okinawan people from this day forward.”




Under the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, 40 years after Okinawa’s return to Japan sovereignty, by hosting the largest number of military bases, Okinawa continues to carry the heaviest burden. The facts show that the government and those on the mainland have neglected to consider Okinawa’s special circumstances.


This Memorial Day, as we mourn the victims of war, we should also ask whether the Japanese people have empathized and shown the requisite consideration for their compatriots in Okinawa.




opinions powered by
blog comments powered by Disqus















































[Posted by Worldmeets.US July 3, 3:20pm]



Bookmark and Share