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The Ryukyu (琉球岛), Okinawa (冲绳岛)


The Ryukyu refers to a group of islands south of Japan. The largest island is named Okinawa by the Japs following an invasion and annexation.

From the earliest times, the Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球王国) occupied a privileged position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links with China. For centuries, the Ryukyu Kingdom maintained it's strongest economic and cultural ties with China.

In 1372, during the Chinese Ming Dynasty, the Ryukyuan King made a pledge of loyalty to the Chinese Emperor and the Ryukyu Kingdom became a tributary state of Ming China. It was a cordial relationship. The Chinese did not interfere in the Ryukyuan domestic affairs. The Kingdom maintained its independence. The Kingdom cultures, especially court and official cultures, were strongly influenced by Chinese cultures.

In 1392, Chinese clans with the required skills from the province of Fujian were invited by the Ryukyu Kingdom to assist the kingdom by serving as diplomats, interpreters, and government officials. Many later Ryukyuan officials were descended from these Chinese immigrants, being born in China or having Chinese ancestors. They assisted the Ryukyuans in advancing their technology and diplomatic relations.
When the Ming Emperor was told that the islanders were facing difficulties in sailing to-and-fro China, the Imperial Court dispatched several clans of ship-building craftsmen and sailors from a coastal area of China to the Ryukyu Kingdom to build and sail ships. They and their descendants settled permanently on the island.

1400 – 1550 was the golden era of the Ryukyu Kingdom. With support from China, it was a regional trading hub connecting East- and South-east- Asia.

In 1609 the first Japanese invasion of the Ryukyus occurred. This was carried by the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma. The kingdom was still allowed to pay tributes to the Ming court because the Ming dynasty was still too strong to be trifled with.
One notable piece of this period was that the Satsuma domain's leadership introduced the sugar cane industry into the island and forced the islanders to work under harsh conditions. This period was remembered as "Sato jigoku," or "Sugar Hell." Throughout this period, the islanders were progressively integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.

In the following decades, while the Ming dynasty weakened, Japs encroachment increased.

In 1654, during the early part of the Ching dynasty, Chinese influence was re-instated. Good relationship with China was re-established. The King of Ryukyu was appointed by the Ching emperor.


In 1800's, when Ching power was on the decline, Japs encroachments became openly aggressive.

1853 saw the arrival of US Commodore Perry's "Black Fleet". It also was the first time that U.S. military forces committed crimes against the Okinawan people. Shortly after docking, an American sailor broke into the house of an Okinawan woman and raped her. Upon hearing the woman's screams, several villagers gave pursuit, and Board either fell into the port or was drowned. Following this incident the villagers involved in this incident were punished for their role in the sailor's death, and Perry presented the woman who was raped with a few yards of cloth as compensation for the assault.

1854
US Commodore Perry wanted the Japs to agree to open Napa port on Okinawa for trading. Japs told him that they had no jurisdiction over the Ryukyu. The Commodore then signed the agreement with the Ryukyu government, worded in both Chinese and English.

In 1872, four years after the 1868 Meiji Restoration, Japan unilaterally declared the Ryukyu to be Japanese territory, without regard to protest from the Ching government of China.


1875 saw the full scale military invasion and annexation of the Ryukyu by the Japs. The weak Ching government was forced to recognise the Ryukyu as belonging to Japan. Without Chinese assistance, local resistance against the superior Jap forces were futile. The kingdom was forced to severe all relationships with China. The Japs retained the Ryukyu king as a figure head. The Ryukyu ceased to exist as an independent sovereign state.


In 1879, the Japs removed the last vestige of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the island by whisking its last king away to live in Tokyo. The Japs formally renamed the Ryukyu as the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. This also marked the beginning of a brutal campaign to assimilate the Ryukyu natives into the Japanese culture and turned them into obedient and loyal subjects of the Japanese Emperor. Those who could, leave. Those who remained had to endure harsh Japanese assimilation rules. Those natives who resisted assimilation were ostracized in the most cruel ways imaginable. In one mild example, native students who refused to speak in Japanese had a wooden plate hang over their shoulders with the characters “Dialect Speaker”, referring to the Okinawan dialect. More forceful methods included beatings and murders.

In 1898, young and fit natives were forcibly recruited into the Japanese Imperial Army (JIA) and dispatched overseas to fight in the name of the Japanese Emperor in Japan's war of aggressions.


1945
On its way to defeat Japan, US invaded Okinawa to drive out the Japs. That meant horror not for the Japs soldiers but ordinary inhabitants. The JIA doubted the loyalties of the Okinawans. A military order worse than that of scorched-earth policy was issued to the JIA defending the island. There should be no surrender of any sort. The whole island was to be completely destroyed, including lives and properties. In carrying out the order, those natives who had resisted Japanese assimilation became priority victims. They were massacred outright. Those who had assimilated were used as human shields in battles or forced to commit mass suicide in several ways, all cold-blooded. The people were forced to blow themselves up with grenades or forced to jump off high cliffs. Relatives had to kill each other with whatever weapons available on hand. People in families with grenades that failed to detonate killed each other with sickles or razors, or by bashing heads with clubs or rocks, or by strangling with rope. Those still alive hung themselves.There were cases of parents stabbing, slashing and chopping up their children and then set upon each other with kitchen knives. All the victims were women, children, the aged and disabled. Those young and able-bodied and anyone deemed fit to fight had been snatched away to join the JIA expeditionary forces.
At the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one in four of the inhabitants were killed.


After the defeat of Japan and end of WW2, while still under US occupation, several political parties sprang up in Okinawa, and every one of them called for Okinawan independence. The Ryukyu independence movement (琉球独立运动) or Republic of the Ryukyus (琉球共和国), is a movement for the independence of Okinawa and the surrounding islands (Ryukyu Islands), from Japan. But fate dealt them a cruel hand.


With the onset of the Cold War following the end of WW2, American military presence on the island was expanded and extended with support from Japan's wartime emperor, Hirohito. According to a memo to General Douglas MacArthur from his political advisor, William Sebald , imperial aide Terasaki Hidenari had relayed to Sebald the emperor’s opinion that America’s continued military occupation of Okinawa “would benefit the United States and also provide protection for Japan” and that “such a move would meet with widespread approval among the Japanese” owing to their concerns about the threat from the Soviet Union. According to the same memo, the emperor had indicated that the US military occupation of Okinawa “should be based upon the fiction of a long-term lease—25 to 50 years or more—with sovereignty retained in Japan.”
Okinawa became a strategic location for US military bases. It became a US military colony. All hope of independence were squashed. The Okinawans never cease to yearn for the day when they will become independent and free again. That day never arrived. Instead, they were delivered a fate worse than before, by the Americans.


1972
US officially handed over Okinawa to the Japs in return for retaining its military bases there. This pushed en masse the victims to the clutches of their former tormentors and murderers once again. This was worse than experiencing hell twice. Only Americans would be cruel enough to do that. This is void of all universal values and ethical principles which the Americans zealously try to preach to the world.

After taking over from the US, the Japanese government initiated and implemented policies which discriminated against the Okinawans. The Okinawans have been suffering in silence since. But they have not given up on their independence and freedom.

1982
There was also a protest rally in 1982 when descriptions of Japanese army massacres of Okinawan civilians were to be deleted from textbooks.

1995
Three US servicemen from Camp Hansen kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old Japanese girl.
This case became widespread news only because the victim was courageous enough to pursue the case all the way to Japanese court. Many earlier cases had gone unreported because of special agreement between US and Japan which provided immunity for all personnel on the bases from Japanese law.


The U.S. also stored chemical and biological weapons on Okinawa, and there were cases where leaks from these barrels of biological weapons leaked into the water sources. There’s been a great deal of environmental damage done to Okinawa. There was a case when digging the ground to build a soccer field uncovered some 20 or 30 rusted-out barrels that had traces of dioxin in them.

1996
US proposed to move the US Marines' Futenma air base from a densely populated city in the central part of the island to less populated Henoko Bay in the north. The Okinawans wanted none of this. They want all US bases out of the island completely.

2000
The G8 Conference was held on the island. Okinawa was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.

2007
In March 2007, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced that all references to military coercion in the compulsory mass suicides (shudan jiketsu) of Okinawan residents during the Battle of Okinawa were to be eliminated from all Japanese schools' textbooks. The textbooks would eliminate all references to Japan’s soldiers. According to the revised passages, the Okinawans simply committed mass suicide or felt compelled to do so.
This provoked the islanders to stage the largest protest in its history and caught the world's attention.

2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.

2012
Two US Navy men were arrested for raping and robbing a woman.

2013
A Chinese scholar published a paper on a state-run newspaper challenging the Japanese ownership of the Ryukyus, sparking protests in Japan.


2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”


2015
Oct
Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked the construction permit for US military base in Henoko Bay. He and most of his constituents wanted U.S. forces off the island entirely, not just moved around.

Nov
Japan's central government filed a law suit against Okinawa's governor, demanding he reinstated the construction permit for the US base at Henoko Bay.



The future
Some in the Western media claim that the number of islanders wishing for independence were a small minority. They pointed to the small number of votes a candidate who canvassed for independence in an election had obtained. This is simplistic. There are several reasons for this.
1. After centuries of Japanese occupation, the original natives or indigenous peoples who are descendants from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom have been overwhelmed in numbers by immigrants from Japan's main islands.
2. They are also overwhelmed by the geopolitical forces aligned against their wish for independence. They would be going against the power and influence of the Japs and the Americans combined. Both the Japs and the Americans would not want an independent Okinawa. For the Japs that would meant a loss of a territory they have captured and held for over a century and a substantial loss in the size of Japan's economic zone. For the Americans, it would mean the loss of a key military base close to and directly facing China.
3. A fear by both the Japs and the Americans that an independent Okinawa may reject them both and embrace China instead.

The dominant group calling for independence mostly consists of Japanese immigrants. Not surprisingly, they call only for more autonomy or self-rule, not separation and independence from Japan. Fate may deal the indigenous Ryukyuans seeking independence and freedom a cruel hand yet again.
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Okinawa is part of China. It should be returned to China.




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The Ryukyu (琉球岛), Okinawa (冲绳岛)


The Ryukyu refers to a group of islands south of Japan. The largest island
is named Okinawa by the Japs following an invasion and annexation.

From the earliest times, the Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球王国) occupied a privileged
position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links
with China. For centuries, the Ryukyu Kingdom maintained it's strongest
economic and cultural ties with China.

In 1372, during the Chinese Ming Dynasty, the Ryukyuan King made a pledge of
loyalty to the Chinese Emperor and the Ryukyu Kingdom became a tributary
state of Ming China. It was a cordial relationship. The Chinese did not
interfere in the Ryukyuan domestic affairs. The Kingdom maintained its
independence. The Kingdom cultures, especially court and official cultures,
were strongly influenced by Chinese cultures.

In 1392, Chinese clans with the required skills from the province of Fujian
were invited by the Ryukyu Kingdom to assist the kingdom by serving as
diplomats, interpreters, and government officials. Many later Ryukyuan
officials were descended from these Chinese immigrants, being born in China
or having Chinese ancestors. They assisted the Ryukyuans in advancing their
technology and diplomatic relations.
When the Ming Emperor was told that the islanders were facing difficulties
in sailing to-and-fro China, the Imperial Court dispatched several clans of
ship-building craftsmen and sailors from a coastal area of China to the
Ryukyu Kingdom to build and sail ships. They and their descendants settled
permanently on the island.

1400 – 1550 was the golden era of the Ryukyu Kingdom. With support from
China, it was a regional trading hub connecting East- and South-east- Asia.

In 1609 the first Japanese invasion of the Ryukyus occurred. This was
carried by the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma. The kingdom was still
allowed to pay tributes to the Ming court because the Ming dynasty was still
too strong to be trifled with.
One notable piece of this period was that the Satsuma domain's leadership
introduced the sugar cane industry into the island and forced the islanders
to work under harsh conditions. This period was remembered as "Sato
jigoku," or "Sugar Hell." Throughout this period, the islanders were
progressively integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.

In the following decades, while the Ming dynasty weakened, Japs encroachment
increased.

In 1654, during the early part of the Ching dynasty, Chinese influence was
re-instated. Good relationship with China was re-established. The King of
Ryukyu was appointed by the Ching emperor.


In 1800's, when Ching power was on the decline, Japs encroachments became
openly aggressive.

1853 saw the arrival of US Commodore Perry's "Black Fleet". It also was the
first time that U.S. military forces committed crimes against the Okinawan
people. Shortly after docking, an American sailor broke into the house of an
Okinawan woman and raped her. Upon hearing the woman's screams, several
villagers gave pursuit, and Board either fell into the port or was drowned.
Following this incident the villagers involved in this incident were
punished for their role in the sailor's death, and Perry presented the woman
who was raped with a few yards of cloth as compensation for the assault.

1854
US Commodore Perry wanted the Japs to agree to open Napa port on Okinawa for
trading. Japs told him that they had no jurisdiction over the Ryukyu. The
Commodore then signed the agreement with the Ryukyu government, worded in
both Chinese and English.

In 1872, four years after the 1868 Meiji Restoration, Japan unilaterally
declared the Ryukyu to be Japanese territory, without regard to protest from
the Ching government of China.


1875 saw the full scale military invasion and annexation of the Ryukyu by
the Japs. The weak Ching government was forced to recognise the Ryukyu as
belonging to Japan. Without Chinese assistance, local resistance against the
superior Jap forces were futile. The kingdom was forced to severe all
relationships with China. The Japs retained the Ryukyu king as a figure
head. The Ryukyu ceased to exist as an independent sovereign state.


In 1879, the Japs removed the last vestige of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the
island by whisking its last king away to live in Tokyo. The Japs formally
renamed the Ryukyu as the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. This also marked the
beginning of a brutal campaign to assimilate the Ryukyu natives into the
Japanese culture and turned them into obedient and loyal subjects of the
Japanese Emperor. Those who could, leave. Those who remained had to endure
harsh Japanese assimilation rules. Those natives who resisted assimilation
were ostracized in the most cruel ways imaginable. In one mild example,
native students who refused to speak in Japanese had a wooden plate hang
over their shoulders with the characters “Dialect Speaker”, referring to
the Okinawan dialect. More forceful methods included beatings and murders.

In 1898, young and fit natives were forcibly recruited into the Japanese
Imperial Army (JIA) and dispatched overseas to fight in the name of the
Japanese Emperor in Japan's war of aggressions.


1945
On its way to defeat Japan, US invaded Okinawa to drive out the Japs. That
meant horror not for the Japs soldiers but ordinary inhabitants. The JIA
doubted the loyalties of the Okinawans. A military order worse than that of
scorched-earth policy was issued to the JIA defending the island. There
should be no surrender of any sort. The whole island was to be completely
destroyed, including lives and properties. In carrying out the order, those
natives who had resisted Japanese assimilation became priority victims.
They were massacred outright. Those who had assimilated were used as human
shields in battles or forced to commit mass suicide in several ways, all
cold-blooded. The people were forced to blow themselves up with grenades or
forced to jump off high cliffs. Relatives had to kill each other with
whatever weapons available on hand. People in families with grenades that
failed to detonate killed each other with sickles or razors, or by bashing
heads with clubs or rocks, or by strangling with rope. Those still alive
hung themselves.There were cases of parents stabbing, slashing and chopping
up their children and then set upon each other with kitchen knives. All the
victims were women, children, the aged and disabled. Those young and
able-bodied and anyone deemed fit to fight had been snatched away to join
the JIA expeditionary forces.
At the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one in four of the inhabitants were
killed.


After the defeat of Japan and end of WW2, while still under US occupation,
several political parties sprang up in Okinawa, and every one of them called
for Okinawan independence. The Ryukyu independence movement (琉球独立运动)
or Republic of the Ryukyus (琉球共和国), is a movement for the independence
of Okinawa and the surrounding islands (Ryukyu Islands), from Japan. But
fate dealt them a cruel hand.


With the onset of the Cold War following the end of WW2, American military
presence on the island was expanded and extended with support from Japan's
wartime emperor, Hirohito. According to a memo to General Douglas MacArthur
from his political advisor, William Sebald , imperial aide Terasaki Hidenari
had relayed to Sebald the emperor’s opinion that America’s continued
military occupation of Okinawa “would benefit the United States and also
provide protection for Japan” and that “such a move would meet with
widespread approval among the Japanese” owing to their concerns about the
threat from the Soviet Union. According to the same memo, the emperor had
indicated that the US military occupation of Okinawa “should be based upon
the fiction of a long-term lease—25 to 50 years or more—with sovereignty
retained in Japan.”
Okinawa became a strategic location for US military bases. It became a US
military colony. All hope of independence were squashed. The Okinawans
never cease to yearn for the day when they will become independent and free
again. That day never arrived. Instead, they were delivered a fate worse
than before, by the Americans.


1972
US officially handed over Okinawa to the Japs in return for retaining its
military bases there. This pushed en masse the victims to the clutches of
their former tormentors and murderers once again. This was worse than
experiencing hell twice. Only Americans would be cruel enough to do that.
This is void of all universal values and ethical principles which the
Americans zealously try to preach to the world.

After taking over from the US, the Japanese government initiated and
implemented policies which discriminated against the Okinawans. The
Okinawans have been suffering in silence since. But they have not given up
on their independence and freedom.

1982
There was also a protest rally in 1982 when descriptions of Japanese army
massacres of Okinawan civilians were to be deleted from textbooks.

1995
Three US servicemen from Camp Hansen kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old
Japanese girl.
This case became widespread news only because the victim was courageous
enough to pursue the case all the way to Japanese court. Many earlier cases
had gone unreported because of special agreement between US and Japan which
provided immunity for all personnel on the bases from Japanese law.


The U.S. also stored chemical and biological weapons on Okinawa, and there
were cases where leaks from these barrels of biological weapons leaked into
the water sources. There’s been a great deal of environmental damage done
to Okinawa. There was a case when digging the ground to build a soccer field
uncovered some 20 or 30 rusted-out barrels that had traces of dioxin in
them.

1996
US proposed to move the US Marines' Futenma air base from a densely
populated city in the central part of the island to less populated Henoko
Bay in the north. The Okinawans wanted none of this. They want all US bases
out of the island completely.

2000
The G8 Conference was held on the island. Okinawa was in the limelight.
World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans
remained.

2007
In March 2007, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced that all
references to military coercion in the compulsory mass suicides (shudan
jiketsu) of Okinawan residents during the Battle of Okinawa were to be
eliminated from all Japanese schools' textbooks. The textbooks would
eliminate all references to Japan’s soldiers. According to the revised
passages, the Okinawans simply committed mass suicide or felt compelled to
do so.
This provoked the islanders to stage the largest protest in its history and
caught the world's attention.

2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded that
the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa
constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN
Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human
Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being
violated.

2012
Two US Navy men were arrested for raping and robbing a woman.

2013
A Chinese scholar published a paper on a state-run newspaper challenging the
Japanese ownership of the Ryukyus, sparking protests in Japan.


2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on
the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese
government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take
concrete steps to protect their rights.”


2015
Oct
Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked the construction permit for US military base
in Henoko Bay. He and most of his constituents wanted U.S. forces off the
island entirely, not just moved around.

Nov
Japan's central government filed a law suit against Okinawa's governor,
demanding he reinstated the construction permit for the US base at Henoko
Bay.



The future
Some in the Western media claim that the number of islanders wishing for
independence were a small minority. They pointed to the small number of
votes a candidate who canvassed for independence in an election had
obtained. This is simplistic. There are several reasons for this.
1. After centuries of Japanese occupation, the original natives or
indigenous peoples who are descendants from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom
have been overwhelmed in numbers by immigrants from Japan's main islands.
2. They are also overwhelmed by the geopolitical forces aligned against
their wish for independence. They would be going against the power and
influence of the Japs and the Americans combined. Both the Japs and the
Americans would not want an independent Okinawa. For the Japs that would
meant a loss of a territory they have captured and held for over a century
and a substantial loss in the size of Japan's economic zone. For the
Americans, it would mean the loss of a key military base close to and
directly facing China.
3. A fear by both the Japs and the Americans that an independent Okinawa
may reject them both and embrace China instead.

The dominant group calling for independence mostly consists of Japanese
immigrants. Not surprisingly, they call only for more autonomy or self-rule,
not separation and independence from Japan. Fate may deal the indigenous
Ryukyuans seeking independence and freedom a cruel hand yet again.
Jesus Christ is a WHITE RACE monopoly Power
2015-12-10 10:55:44 UTC
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yes


Ryukyu was an Independent Kingdom

before the Japs stole RyuKyu
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The Ryukyu (琉球岛), Okinawa (冲绳岛)
The Ryukyu refers to a group of islands south of Japan. The largest island is named Okinawa by the Japs following an invasion and annexation.
From the earliest times, the Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球王国) occupied a privileged position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links with China. For centuries, the Ryukyu Kingdom maintained it's strongest economic and cultural ties with China.
In 1372, during the Chinese Ming Dynasty, the Ryukyuan King made a pledge of loyalty to the Chinese Emperor and the Ryukyu Kingdom became a tributary state of Ming China. It was a cordial relationship. The Chinese did not interfere in the Ryukyuan domestic affairs. The Kingdom maintained its independence. The Kingdom cultures, especially court and official cultures, were strongly influenced by Chinese cultures.
In 1392, Chinese clans with the required skills from the province of Fujian were invited by the Ryukyu Kingdom to assist the kingdom by serving as diplomats, interpreters, and government officials. Many later Ryukyuan officials were descended from these Chinese immigrants, being born in China or having Chinese ancestors. They assisted the Ryukyuans in advancing their technology and diplomatic relations.
When the Ming Emperor was told that the islanders were facing difficulties in sailing to-and-fro China, the Imperial Court dispatched several clans of ship-building craftsmen and sailors from a coastal area of China to the Ryukyu Kingdom to build and sail ships. They and their descendants settled permanently on the island.
1400 – 1550 was the golden era of the Ryukyu Kingdom. With support from China, it was a regional trading hub connecting East- and South-east- Asia.
In 1609 the first Japanese invasion of the Ryukyus occurred. This was carried by the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma. The kingdom was still allowed to pay tributes to the Ming court because the Ming dynasty was still too strong to be trifled with.
One notable piece of this period was that the Satsuma domain's leadership introduced the sugar cane industry into the island and forced the islanders to work under harsh conditions. This period was remembered as "Sato jigoku," or "Sugar Hell." Throughout this period, the islanders were progressively integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.
In the following decades, while the Ming dynasty weakened, Japs encroachment increased.
In 1654, during the early part of the Ching dynasty, Chinese influence was re-instated. Good relationship with China was re-established. The King of Ryukyu was appointed by the Ching emperor.
In 1800's, when Ching power was on the decline, Japs encroachments became openly aggressive.
1853 saw the arrival of US Commodore Perry's "Black Fleet". It also was the first time that U.S. military forces committed crimes against the Okinawan people. Shortly after docking, an American sailor broke into the house of an Okinawan woman and raped her. Upon hearing the woman's screams, several villagers gave pursuit, and Board either fell into the port or was drowned. Following this incident the villagers involved in this incident were punished for their role in the sailor's death, and Perry presented the woman who was raped with a few yards of cloth as compensation for the assault.
1854
US Commodore Perry wanted the Japs to agree to open Napa port on Okinawa for trading. Japs told him that they had no jurisdiction over the Ryukyu. The Commodore then signed the agreement with the Ryukyu government, worded in both Chinese and English.
In 1872, four years after the 1868 Meiji Restoration, Japan unilaterally declared the Ryukyu to be Japanese territory, without regard to protest from the Ching government of China.
1875 saw the full scale military invasion and annexation of the Ryukyu by the Japs. The weak Ching government was forced to recognise the Ryukyu as belonging to Japan. Without Chinese assistance, local resistance against the superior Jap forces were futile. The kingdom was forced to severe all relationships with China. The Japs retained the Ryukyu king as a figure head. The Ryukyu ceased to exist as an independent sovereign state.
In 1879, the Japs removed the last vestige of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the island by whisking its last king away to live in Tokyo. The Japs formally renamed the Ryukyu as the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. This also marked the beginning of a brutal campaign to assimilate the Ryukyu natives into the Japanese culture and turned them into obedient and loyal subjects of the Japanese Emperor. Those who could, leave. Those who remained had to endure harsh Japanese assimilation rules. Those natives who resisted assimilation were ostracized in the most cruel ways imaginable. In one mild example, native students who refused to speak in Japanese had a wooden plate hang over their shoulders with the characters “Dialect Speaker”, referring to the Okinawan dialect. More forceful methods included beatings and murders.
In 1898, young and fit natives were forcibly recruited into the Japanese Imperial Army (JIA) and dispatched overseas to fight in the name of the Japanese Emperor in Japan's war of aggressions.
1945
On its way to defeat Japan, US invaded Okinawa to drive out the Japs. That meant horror not for the Japs soldiers but ordinary inhabitants. The JIA doubted the loyalties of the Okinawans. A military order worse than that of scorched-earth policy was issued to the JIA defending the island. There should be no surrender of any sort. The whole island was to be completely destroyed, including lives and properties. In carrying out the order, those natives who had resisted Japanese assimilation became priority victims. They were massacred outright. Those who had assimilated were used as human shields in battles or forced to commit mass suicide in several ways, all cold-blooded. The people were forced to blow themselves up with grenades or forced to jump off high cliffs. Relatives had to kill each other with whatever weapons available on hand. People in families with grenades that failed to detonate killed each other with sickles or razors, or by bashing heads with clubs or rocks, or by strangling with rope. Those still alive hung themselves.There were cases of parents stabbing, slashing and chopping up their children and then set upon each other with kitchen knives. All the victims were women, children, the aged and disabled. Those young and able-bodied and anyone deemed fit to fight had been snatched away to join the JIA expeditionary forces.
At the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one in four of the inhabitants were killed.
After the defeat of Japan and end of WW2, while still under US occupation, several political parties sprang up in Okinawa, and every one of them called for Okinawan independence. The Ryukyu independence movement (琉球独立运动) or Republic of the Ryukyus (琉球共和国), is a movement for the independence of Okinawa and the surrounding islands (Ryukyu Islands), from Japan. But fate dealt them a cruel hand.
With the onset of the Cold War following the end of WW2, American military presence on the island was expanded and extended with support from Japan's wartime emperor, Hirohito. According to a memo to General Douglas MacArthur from his political advisor, William Sebald , imperial aide Terasaki Hidenari had relayed to Sebald the emperor’s opinion that America’s continued military occupation of Okinawa “would benefit the United States and also provide protection for Japan” and that “such a move would meet with widespread approval among the Japanese” owing to their concerns about the threat from the Soviet Union. According to the same memo, the emperor had indicated that the US military occupation of Okinawa “should be based upon the fiction of a long-term lease—25 to 50 years or more—with sovereignty retained in Japan.”
Okinawa became a strategic location for US military bases. It became a US military colony. All hope of independence were squashed. The Okinawans never cease to yearn for the day when they will become independent and free again. That day never arrived. Instead, they were delivered a fate worse than before, by the Americans.
1972
US officially handed over Okinawa to the Japs in return for retaining its military bases there. This pushed en masse the victims to the clutches of their former tormentors and murderers once again. This was worse than experiencing hell twice. Only Americans would be cruel enough to do that. This is void of all universal values and ethical principles which the Americans zealously try to preach to the world.
After taking over from the US, the Japanese government initiated and implemented policies which discriminated against the Okinawans. The Okinawans have been suffering in silence since. But they have not given up on their independence and freedom.
1982
There was also a protest rally in 1982 when descriptions of Japanese army massacres of Okinawan civilians were to be deleted from textbooks.
1995
Three US servicemen from Camp Hansen kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old Japanese girl.
This case became widespread news only because the victim was courageous enough to pursue the case all the way to Japanese court. Many earlier cases had gone unreported because of special agreement between US and Japan which provided immunity for all personnel on the bases from Japanese law.
The U.S. also stored chemical and biological weapons on Okinawa, and there were cases where leaks from these barrels of biological weapons leaked into the water sources. There’s been a great deal of environmental damage done to Okinawa. There was a case when digging the ground to build a soccer field uncovered some 20 or 30 rusted-out barrels that had traces of dioxin in them.
1996
US proposed to move the US Marines' Futenma air base from a densely populated city in the central part of the island to less populated Henoko Bay in the north. The Okinawans wanted none of this. They want all US bases out of the island completely.
2000
The G8 Conference was held on the island. Okinawa was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2007
In March 2007, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced that all references to military coercion in the compulsory mass suicides (shudan jiketsu) of Okinawan residents during the Battle of Okinawa were to be eliminated from all Japanese schools' textbooks. The textbooks would eliminate all references to Japan’s soldiers. According to the revised passages, the Okinawans simply committed mass suicide or felt compelled to do so.
This provoked the islanders to stage the largest protest in its history and caught the world's attention.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2012
Two US Navy men were arrested for raping and robbing a woman.
2013
A Chinese scholar published a paper on a state-run newspaper challenging the Japanese ownership of the Ryukyus, sparking protests in Japan.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
2015
Oct
Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked the construction permit for US military base in Henoko Bay. He and most of his constituents wanted U.S. forces off the island entirely, not just moved around.
Nov
Japan's central government filed a law suit against Okinawa's governor, demanding he reinstated the construction permit for the US base at Henoko Bay.
The future
Some in the Western media claim that the number of islanders wishing for independence were a small minority. They pointed to the small number of votes a candidate who canvassed for independence in an election had obtained. This is simplistic. There are several reasons for this.
1. After centuries of Japanese occupation, the original natives or indigenous peoples who are descendants from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom have been overwhelmed in numbers by immigrants from Japan's main islands.
2. They are also overwhelmed by the geopolitical forces aligned against their wish for independence. They would be going against the power and influence of the Japs and the Americans combined. Both the Japs and the Americans would not want an independent Okinawa. For the Japs that would meant a loss of a territory they have captured and held for over a century and a substantial loss in the size of Japan's economic zone. For the Americans, it would mean the loss of a key military base close to and directly facing China.
3. A fear by both the Japs and the Americans that an independent Okinawa may reject them both and embrace China instead.
The dominant group calling for independence mostly consists of Japanese immigrants. Not surprisingly, they call only for more autonomy or self-rule, not separation and independence from Japan. Fate may deal the indigenous Ryukyuans seeking independence and freedom a cruel hand yet again.
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Feb 2016

Two peace activists from Okinawa, Aihara Sarasa and Kamoshita Yuichi, set out on a two-week European lecture tour to spread the word about the ongoing struggle by the Okinawan people.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/maki-kimura/anti-us-military-base-struggle-in-okinawa-japan
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The Ryukyu (琉球岛), Okinawa (冲绳岛)
The Ryukyu refers to a group of islands south of Japan. The largest island is named Okinawa by the Japs following an invasion and annexation.
From the earliest times, the Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球王国) occupied a privileged position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links with China. For centuries, the Ryukyu Kingdom maintained it's strongest economic and cultural ties with China.
In 1372, during the Chinese Ming Dynasty, the Ryukyuan King made a pledge of loyalty to the Chinese Emperor and the Ryukyu Kingdom became a tributary state of Ming China. It was a cordial relationship. The Chinese did not interfere in the Ryukyuan domestic affairs. The Kingdom maintained its independence. The Kingdom cultures, especially court and official cultures, were strongly influenced by Chinese cultures.
In 1392, Chinese clans with the required skills from the province of Fujian were invited by the Ryukyu Kingdom to assist the kingdom by serving as diplomats, interpreters, and government officials. Many later Ryukyuan officials were descended from these Chinese immigrants, being born in China or having Chinese ancestors. They assisted the Ryukyuans in advancing their technology and diplomatic relations.
When the Ming Emperor was told that the islanders were facing difficulties in sailing to-and-fro China, the Imperial Court dispatched several clans of ship-building craftsmen and sailors from a coastal area of China to the Ryukyu Kingdom to build and sail ships. They and their descendants settled permanently on the island.
1400 – 1550 was the golden era of the Ryukyu Kingdom. With support from China, it was a regional trading hub connecting East- and South-east- Asia.
In 1609 the first Japanese invasion of the Ryukyus occurred. This was carried by the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma. The kingdom was still allowed to pay tributes to the Ming court because the Ming dynasty was still too strong to be trifled with.
One notable piece of this period was that the Satsuma domain's leadership introduced the sugar cane industry into the island and forced the islanders to work under harsh conditions. This period was remembered as "Sato jigoku," or "Sugar Hell." Throughout this period, the islanders were progressively integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.
In the following decades, while the Ming dynasty weakened, Japs encroachment increased.
In 1654, during the early part of the Ching dynasty, Chinese influence was re-instated. Good relationship with China was re-established. The King of Ryukyu was appointed by the Ching emperor.
In 1800's, when Ching power was on the decline, Japs encroachments became openly aggressive.
1853 saw the arrival of US Commodore Perry's "Black Fleet". It also was the first time that U.S. military forces committed crimes against the Okinawan people. Shortly after docking, an American sailor broke into the house of an Okinawan woman and raped her. Upon hearing the woman's screams, several villagers gave pursuit, and Board either fell into the port or was drowned. Following this incident the villagers involved in this incident were punished for their role in the sailor's death, and Perry presented the woman who was raped with a few yards of cloth as compensation for the assault.
1854
US Commodore Perry wanted the Japs to agree to open Napa port on Okinawa for trading. Japs told him that they had no jurisdiction over the Ryukyu. The Commodore then signed the agreement with the Ryukyu government, worded in both Chinese and English.
In 1872, four years after the 1868 Meiji Restoration, Japan unilaterally declared the Ryukyu to be Japanese territory, without regard to protest from the Ching government of China.
1875 saw the full scale military invasion and annexation of the Ryukyu by the Japs. The weak Ching government was forced to recognise the Ryukyu as belonging to Japan. Without Chinese assistance, local resistance against the superior Jap forces were futile. The kingdom was forced to severe all relationships with China. The Japs retained the Ryukyu king as a figure head. The Ryukyu ceased to exist as an independent sovereign state.
In 1879, the Japs removed the last vestige of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the island by whisking its last king away to live in Tokyo. The Japs formally renamed the Ryukyu as the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. This also marked the beginning of a brutal campaign to assimilate the Ryukyu natives into the Japanese culture and turned them into obedient and loyal subjects of the Japanese Emperor. Those who could, leave. Those who remained had to endure harsh Japanese assimilation rules. Those natives who resisted assimilation were ostracized in the most cruel ways imaginable. In one mild example, native students who refused to speak in Japanese had a wooden plate hang over their shoulders with the characters “Dialect Speaker”, referring to the Okinawan dialect. More forceful methods included beatings and murders.
In 1898, young and fit natives were forcibly recruited into the Japanese Imperial Army (JIA) and dispatched overseas to fight in the name of the Japanese Emperor in Japan's war of aggressions.
1945
On its way to defeat Japan, US invaded Okinawa to drive out the Japs. That meant horror not for the Japs soldiers but ordinary inhabitants. The JIA doubted the loyalties of the Okinawans. A military order worse than that of scorched-earth policy was issued to the JIA defending the island. There should be no surrender of any sort. The whole island was to be completely destroyed, including lives and properties. In carrying out the order, those natives who had resisted Japanese assimilation became priority victims. They were massacred outright. Those who had assimilated were used as human shields in battles or forced to commit mass suicide in several ways, all cold-blooded. The people were forced to blow themselves up with grenades or forced to jump off high cliffs. Relatives had to kill each other with whatever weapons available on hand. People in families with grenades that failed to detonate killed each other with sickles or razors, or by bashing heads with clubs or rocks, or by strangling with rope. Those still alive hung themselves.There were cases of parents stabbing, slashing and chopping up their children and then set upon each other with kitchen knives. All the victims were women, children, the aged and disabled. Those young and able-bodied and anyone deemed fit to fight had been snatched away to join the JIA expeditionary forces.
At the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one in four of the inhabitants were killed.
After the defeat of Japan and end of WW2, while still under US occupation, several political parties sprang up in Okinawa, and every one of them called for Okinawan independence. The Ryukyu independence movement (琉球独立运动) or Republic of the Ryukyus (琉球共和国), is a movement for the independence of Okinawa and the surrounding islands (Ryukyu Islands), from Japan. But fate dealt them a cruel hand.
With the onset of the Cold War following the end of WW2, American military presence on the island was expanded and extended with support from Japan's wartime emperor, Hirohito. According to a memo to General Douglas MacArthur from his political advisor, William Sebald , imperial aide Terasaki Hidenari had relayed to Sebald the emperor’s opinion that America’s continued military occupation of Okinawa “would benefit the United States and also provide protection for Japan” and that “such a move would meet with widespread approval among the Japanese” owing to their concerns about the threat from the Soviet Union. According to the same memo, the emperor had indicated that the US military occupation of Okinawa “should be based upon the fiction of a long-term lease—25 to 50 years or more—with sovereignty retained in Japan.”
Okinawa became a strategic location for US military bases. It became a US military colony. All hope of independence were squashed. The Okinawans never cease to yearn for the day when they will become independent and free again. That day never arrived. Instead, they were delivered a fate worse than before, by the Americans.
1972
US officially handed over Okinawa to the Japs in return for retaining its military bases there. This pushed en masse the victims to the clutches of their former tormentors and murderers once again. This was worse than experiencing hell twice. Only Americans would be cruel enough to do that. This is void of all universal values and ethical principles which the Americans zealously try to preach to the world.
After taking over from the US, the Japanese government initiated and implemented policies which discriminated against the Okinawans. The Okinawans have been suffering in silence since. But they have not given up on their independence and freedom.
1982
There was also a protest rally in 1982 when descriptions of Japanese army massacres of Okinawan civilians were to be deleted from textbooks.
1995
Three US servicemen from Camp Hansen kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old Japanese girl.
This case became widespread news only because the victim was courageous enough to pursue the case all the way to Japanese court. Many earlier cases had gone unreported because of special agreement between US and Japan which provided immunity for all personnel on the bases from Japanese law.
The U.S. also stored chemical and biological weapons on Okinawa, and there were cases where leaks from these barrels of biological weapons leaked into the water sources. There’s been a great deal of environmental damage done to Okinawa. There was a case when digging the ground to build a soccer field uncovered some 20 or 30 rusted-out barrels that had traces of dioxin in them.
1996
US proposed to move the US Marines' Futenma air base from a densely populated city in the central part of the island to less populated Henoko Bay in the north. The Okinawans wanted none of this. They want all US bases out of the island completely.
2000
The G8 Conference was held on the island. Okinawa was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2007
In March 2007, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced that all references to military coercion in the compulsory mass suicides (shudan jiketsu) of Okinawan residents during the Battle of Okinawa were to be eliminated from all Japanese schools' textbooks. The textbooks would eliminate all references to Japan’s soldiers. According to the revised passages, the Okinawans simply committed mass suicide or felt compelled to do so.
This provoked the islanders to stage the largest protest in its history and caught the world's attention.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2012
Two US Navy men were arrested for raping and robbing a woman.
2013
A Chinese scholar published a paper on a state-run newspaper challenging the Japanese ownership of the Ryukyus, sparking protests in Japan.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
2015
Oct
Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked the construction permit for US military base in Henoko Bay. He and most of his constituents wanted U.S. forces off the island entirely, not just moved around.
Nov
Japan's central government filed a law suit against Okinawa's governor, demanding he reinstated the construction permit for the US base at Henoko Bay.
The future
Some in the Western media claim that the number of islanders wishing for independence were a small minority. They pointed to the small number of votes a candidate who canvassed for independence in an election had obtained. This is simplistic. There are several reasons for this.
1. After centuries of Japanese occupation, the original natives or indigenous peoples who are descendants from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom have been overwhelmed in numbers by immigrants from Japan's main islands.
2. They are also overwhelmed by the geopolitical forces aligned against their wish for independence. They would be going against the power and influence of the Japs and the Americans combined. Both the Japs and the Americans would not want an independent Okinawa. For the Japs that would meant a loss of a territory they have captured and held for over a century and a substantial loss in the size of Japan's economic zone. For the Americans, it would mean the loss of a key military base close to and directly facing China.
3. A fear by both the Japs and the Americans that an independent Okinawa may reject them both and embrace China instead.
The dominant group calling for independence mostly consists of Japanese immigrants. Not surprisingly, they call only for more autonomy or self-rule, not separation and independence from Japan. Fate may deal the indigenous Ryukyuans seeking independence and freedom a cruel hand yet again.
Update

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/thousands-surround-japan-parliament-in-protest-at-us-base-plan-116022100571_1.html

Will it have any effect? Everything is decided by the Americans.
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The Ryukyu (琉球岛), Okinawa (冲绳岛)
The Ryukyu refers to a group of islands south of Japan. The largest island is named Okinawa by the Japs following an invasion and annexation.
From the earliest times, the Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球王国) occupied a privileged position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links with China. For centuries, the Ryukyu Kingdom maintained it's strongest economic and cultural ties with China.
In 1372, during the Chinese Ming Dynasty, the Ryukyuan King made a pledge of loyalty to the Chinese Emperor and the Ryukyu Kingdom became a tributary state of Ming China. It was a cordial relationship. The Chinese did not interfere in the Ryukyuan domestic affairs. The Kingdom maintained its independence. The Kingdom cultures, especially court and official cultures, were strongly influenced by Chinese cultures.
In 1392, Chinese clans with the required skills from the province of Fujian were invited by the Ryukyu Kingdom to assist the kingdom by serving as diplomats, interpreters, and government officials. Many later Ryukyuan officials were descended from these Chinese immigrants, being born in China or having Chinese ancestors. They assisted the Ryukyuans in advancing their technology and diplomatic relations.
When the Ming Emperor was told that the islanders were facing difficulties in sailing to-and-fro China, the Imperial Court dispatched several clans of ship-building craftsmen and sailors from a coastal area of China to the Ryukyu Kingdom to build and sail ships. They and their descendants settled permanently on the island.
1400 – 1550 was the golden era of the Ryukyu Kingdom. With support from China, it was a regional trading hub connecting East- and South-east- Asia.
In 1609 the first Japanese invasion of the Ryukyus occurred. This was carried by the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma. The kingdom was still allowed to pay tributes to the Ming court because the Ming dynasty was still too strong to be trifled with.
One notable piece of this period was that the Satsuma domain's leadership introduced the sugar cane industry into the island and forced the islanders to work under harsh conditions. This period was remembered as "Sato jigoku," or "Sugar Hell." Throughout this period, the islanders were progressively integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.
In the following decades, while the Ming dynasty weakened, Japs encroachment increased.
In 1654, during the early part of the Ching dynasty, Chinese influence was re-instated. Good relationship with China was re-established. The King of Ryukyu was appointed by the Ching emperor.
In 1800's, when Ching power was on the decline, Japs encroachments became openly aggressive.
1853 saw the arrival of US Commodore Perry's "Black Fleet". It also was the first time that U.S. military forces committed crimes against the Okinawan people. Shortly after docking, an American sailor broke into the house of an Okinawan woman and raped her. Upon hearing the woman's screams, several villagers gave pursuit, and Board either fell into the port or was drowned. Following this incident the villagers involved in this incident were punished for their role in the sailor's death, and Perry presented the woman who was raped with a few yards of cloth as compensation for the assault.
1854
US Commodore Perry wanted the Japs to agree to open Napa port on Okinawa for trading. Japs told him that they had no jurisdiction over the Ryukyu. The Commodore then signed the agreement with the Ryukyu government, worded in both Chinese and English.
In 1872, four years after the 1868 Meiji Restoration, Japan unilaterally declared the Ryukyu to be Japanese territory, without regard to protest from the Ching government of China.
1875 saw the full scale military invasion and annexation of the Ryukyu by the Japs. The weak Ching government was forced to recognise the Ryukyu as belonging to Japan. Without Chinese assistance, local resistance against the superior Jap forces were futile. The kingdom was forced to severe all relationships with China. The Japs retained the Ryukyu king as a figure head. The Ryukyu ceased to exist as an independent sovereign state.
In 1879, the Japs removed the last vestige of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the island by whisking its last king away to live in Tokyo. The Japs formally renamed the Ryukyu as the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. This also marked the beginning of a brutal campaign to assimilate the Ryukyu natives into the Japanese culture and turned them into obedient and loyal subjects of the Japanese Emperor. Those who could, leave. Those who remained had to endure harsh Japanese assimilation rules. Those natives who resisted assimilation were ostracized in the most cruel ways imaginable. In one mild example, native students who refused to speak in Japanese had a wooden plate hang over their shoulders with the characters “Dialect Speaker”, referring to the Okinawan dialect. More forceful methods included beatings and murders.
In 1898, young and fit natives were forcibly recruited into the Japanese Imperial Army (JIA) and dispatched overseas to fight in the name of the Japanese Emperor in Japan's war of aggressions.
1945
On its way to defeat Japan, US invaded Okinawa to drive out the Japs. That meant horror not for the Japs soldiers but ordinary inhabitants. The JIA doubted the loyalties of the Okinawans. A military order worse than that of scorched-earth policy was issued to the JIA defending the island. There should be no surrender of any sort. The whole island was to be completely destroyed, including lives and properties. In carrying out the order, those natives who had resisted Japanese assimilation became priority victims. They were massacred outright. Those who had assimilated were used as human shields in battles or forced to commit mass suicide in several ways, all cold-blooded. The people were forced to blow themselves up with grenades or forced to jump off high cliffs. Relatives had to kill each other with whatever weapons available on hand. People in families with grenades that failed to detonate killed each other with sickles or razors, or by bashing heads with clubs or rocks, or by strangling with rope. Those still alive hung themselves.There were cases of parents stabbing, slashing and chopping up their children and then set upon each other with kitchen knives. All the victims were women, children, the aged and disabled. Those young and able-bodied and anyone deemed fit to fight had been snatched away to join the JIA expeditionary forces.
At the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one in four of the inhabitants were killed.
After the defeat of Japan and end of WW2, while still under US occupation, several political parties sprang up in Okinawa, and every one of them called for Okinawan independence. The Ryukyu independence movement (琉球独立运动) or Republic of the Ryukyus (琉球共和国), is a movement for the independence of Okinawa and the surrounding islands (Ryukyu Islands), from Japan. But fate dealt them a cruel hand.
With the onset of the Cold War following the end of WW2, American military presence on the island was expanded and extended with support from Japan's wartime emperor, Hirohito. According to a memo to General Douglas MacArthur from his political advisor, William Sebald , imperial aide Terasaki Hidenari had relayed to Sebald the emperor’s opinion that America’s continued military occupation of Okinawa “would benefit the United States and also provide protection for Japan” and that “such a move would meet with widespread approval among the Japanese” owing to their concerns about the threat from the Soviet Union. According to the same memo, the emperor had indicated that the US military occupation of Okinawa “should be based upon the fiction of a long-term lease—25 to 50 years or more—with sovereignty retained in Japan.”
Okinawa became a strategic location for US military bases. It became a US military colony. All hope of independence were squashed. The Okinawans never cease to yearn for the day when they will become independent and free again. That day never arrived. Instead, they were delivered a fate worse than before, by the Americans.
1972
US officially handed over Okinawa to the Japs in return for retaining its military bases there. This pushed en masse the victims to the clutches of their former tormentors and murderers once again. This was worse than experiencing hell twice. Only Americans would be cruel enough to do that. This is void of all universal values and ethical principles which the Americans zealously try to preach to the world.
After taking over from the US, the Japanese government initiated and implemented policies which discriminated against the Okinawans. The Okinawans have been suffering in silence since. But they have not given up on their independence and freedom.
1982
There was also a protest rally in 1982 when descriptions of Japanese army massacres of Okinawan civilians were to be deleted from textbooks.
1995
Three US servicemen from Camp Hansen kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old Japanese girl.
This case became widespread news only because the victim was courageous enough to pursue the case all the way to Japanese court. Many earlier cases had gone unreported because of special agreement between US and Japan which provided immunity for all personnel on the bases from Japanese law.
The U.S. also stored chemical and biological weapons on Okinawa, and there were cases where leaks from these barrels of biological weapons leaked into the water sources. There’s been a great deal of environmental damage done to Okinawa. There was a case when digging the ground to build a soccer field uncovered some 20 or 30 rusted-out barrels that had traces of dioxin in them.
1996
US proposed to move the US Marines' Futenma air base from a densely populated city in the central part of the island to less populated Henoko Bay in the north. The Okinawans wanted none of this. They want all US bases out of the island completely.
2000
The G8 Conference was held on the island. Okinawa was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2007
In March 2007, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced that all references to military coercion in the compulsory mass suicides (shudan jiketsu) of Okinawan residents during the Battle of Okinawa were to be eliminated from all Japanese schools' textbooks. The textbooks would eliminate all references to Japan’s soldiers. According to the revised passages, the Okinawans simply committed mass suicide or felt compelled to do so.
This provoked the islanders to stage the largest protest in its history and caught the world's attention.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2012
Two US Navy men were arrested for raping and robbing a woman.
2013
A Chinese scholar published a paper on a state-run newspaper challenging the Japanese ownership of the Ryukyus, sparking protests in Japan.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
2015
Oct
Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked the construction permit for US military base in Henoko Bay. He and most of his constituents wanted U.S. forces off the island entirely, not just moved around.
Nov
Japan's central government filed a law suit against Okinawa's governor, demanding he reinstated the construction permit for the US base at Henoko Bay.
The future
Some in the Western media claim that the number of islanders wishing for independence were a small minority. They pointed to the small number of votes a candidate who canvassed for independence in an election had obtained. This is simplistic. There are several reasons for this.
1. After centuries of Japanese occupation, the original natives or indigenous peoples who are descendants from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom have been overwhelmed in numbers by immigrants from Japan's main islands.
2. They are also overwhelmed by the geopolitical forces aligned against their wish for independence. They would be going against the power and influence of the Japs and the Americans combined. Both the Japs and the Americans would not want an independent Okinawa. For the Japs that would meant a loss of a territory they have captured and held for over a century and a substantial loss in the size of Japan's economic zone. For the Americans, it would mean the loss of a key military base close to and directly facing China.
3. A fear by both the Japs and the Americans that an independent Okinawa may reject them both and embrace China instead.
The dominant group calling for independence mostly consists of Japanese immigrants. Not surprisingly, they call only for more autonomy or self-rule, not separation and independence from Japan. Fate may deal the indigenous Ryukyuans seeking independence and freedom a cruel hand yet again.
Update:

http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-suspends-work-on-u-s-base-relocation-on-okinawa


What the people on the island want is a complete withdrawal of military bases from their land. Period.
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The Ryukyu (琉球岛), Okinawa (冲绳岛)
The Ryukyu refers to a group of islands south of Japan. The largest island is named Okinawa by the Japs following an invasion and annexation.
From the earliest times, the Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球王国) occupied a privileged position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links with China. For centuries, the Ryukyu Kingdom maintained it's strongest economic and cultural ties with China.
In 1372, during the Chinese Ming Dynasty, the Ryukyuan King made a pledge of loyalty to the Chinese Emperor and the Ryukyu Kingdom became a tributary state of Ming China. It was a cordial relationship. The Chinese did not interfere in the Ryukyuan domestic affairs. The Kingdom maintained its independence. The Kingdom cultures, especially court and official cultures, were strongly influenced by Chinese cultures.
In 1392, Chinese clans with the required skills from the province of Fujian were invited by the Ryukyu Kingdom to assist the kingdom by serving as diplomats, interpreters, and government officials. Many later Ryukyuan officials were descended from these Chinese immigrants, being born in China or having Chinese ancestors. They assisted the Ryukyuans in advancing their technology and diplomatic relations.
When the Ming Emperor was told that the islanders were facing difficulties in sailing to-and-fro China, the Imperial Court dispatched several clans of ship-building craftsmen and sailors from a coastal area of China to the Ryukyu Kingdom to build and sail ships. They and their descendants settled permanently on the island.
1400 – 1550 was the golden era of the Ryukyu Kingdom. With support from China, it was a regional trading hub connecting East- and South-east- Asia.
In 1609 the first Japanese invasion of the Ryukyus occurred. This was carried by the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma. The kingdom was still allowed to pay tributes to the Ming court because the Ming dynasty was still too strong to be trifled with.
One notable piece of this period was that the Satsuma domain's leadership introduced the sugar cane industry into the island and forced the islanders to work under harsh conditions. This period was remembered as "Sato jigoku," or "Sugar Hell." Throughout this period, the islanders were progressively integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.
In the following decades, while the Ming dynasty weakened, Japs encroachment increased.
In 1654, during the early part of the Ching dynasty, Chinese influence was re-instated. Good relationship with China was re-established. The King of Ryukyu was appointed by the Ching emperor.
In 1800's, when Ching power was on the decline, Japs encroachments became openly aggressive.
1853 saw the arrival of US Commodore Perry's "Black Fleet". It also was the first time that U.S. military forces committed crimes against the Okinawan people. Shortly after docking, an American sailor broke into the house of an Okinawan woman and raped her. Upon hearing the woman's screams, several villagers gave pursuit, and Board either fell into the port or was drowned. Following this incident the villagers involved in this incident were punished for their role in the sailor's death, and Perry presented the woman who was raped with a few yards of cloth as compensation for the assault.
1854
US Commodore Perry wanted the Japs to agree to open Napa port on Okinawa for trading. Japs told him that they had no jurisdiction over the Ryukyu. The Commodore then signed the agreement with the Ryukyu government, worded in both Chinese and English.
In 1872, four years after the 1868 Meiji Restoration, Japan unilaterally declared the Ryukyu to be Japanese territory, without regard to protest from the Ching government of China.
1875 saw the full scale military invasion and annexation of the Ryukyu by the Japs. The weak Ching government was forced to recognise the Ryukyu as belonging to Japan. Without Chinese assistance, local resistance against the superior Jap forces were futile. The kingdom was forced to severe all relationships with China. The Japs retained the Ryukyu king as a figure head. The Ryukyu ceased to exist as an independent sovereign state.
In 1879, the Japs removed the last vestige of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the island by whisking its last king away to live in Tokyo. The Japs formally renamed the Ryukyu as the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. This also marked the beginning of a brutal campaign to assimilate the Ryukyu natives into the Japanese culture and turned them into obedient and loyal subjects of the Japanese Emperor. Those who could, leave. Those who remained had to endure harsh Japanese assimilation rules. Those natives who resisted assimilation were ostracized in the most cruel ways imaginable. In one mild example, native students who refused to speak in Japanese had a wooden plate hang over their shoulders with the characters “Dialect Speaker”, referring to the Okinawan dialect. More forceful methods included beatings and murders.
In 1898, young and fit natives were forcibly recruited into the Japanese Imperial Army (JIA) and dispatched overseas to fight in the name of the Japanese Emperor in Japan's war of aggressions.
1945
On its way to defeat Japan, US invaded Okinawa to drive out the Japs. That meant horror not for the Japs soldiers but ordinary inhabitants. The JIA doubted the loyalties of the Okinawans. A military order worse than that of scorched-earth policy was issued to the JIA defending the island. There should be no surrender of any sort. The whole island was to be completely destroyed, including lives and properties. In carrying out the order, those natives who had resisted Japanese assimilation became priority victims. They were massacred outright. Those who had assimilated were used as human shields in battles or forced to commit mass suicide in several ways, all cold-blooded. The people were forced to blow themselves up with grenades or forced to jump off high cliffs. Relatives had to kill each other with whatever weapons available on hand. People in families with grenades that failed to detonate killed each other with sickles or razors, or by bashing heads with clubs or rocks, or by strangling with rope. Those still alive hung themselves.There were cases of parents stabbing, slashing and chopping up their children and then set upon each other with kitchen knives. All the victims were women, children, the aged and disabled. Those young and able-bodied and anyone deemed fit to fight had been snatched away to join the JIA expeditionary forces.
At the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one in four of the inhabitants were killed.
After the defeat of Japan and end of WW2, while still under US occupation, several political parties sprang up in Okinawa, and every one of them called for Okinawan independence. The Ryukyu independence movement (琉球独立运动) or Republic of the Ryukyus (琉球共和国), is a movement for the independence of Okinawa and the surrounding islands (Ryukyu Islands), from Japan. But fate dealt them a cruel hand.
With the onset of the Cold War following the end of WW2, American military presence on the island was expanded and extended with support from Japan's wartime emperor, Hirohito. According to a memo to General Douglas MacArthur from his political advisor, William Sebald , imperial aide Terasaki Hidenari had relayed to Sebald the emperor’s opinion that America’s continued military occupation of Okinawa “would benefit the United States and also provide protection for Japan” and that “such a move would meet with widespread approval among the Japanese” owing to their concerns about the threat from the Soviet Union. According to the same memo, the emperor had indicated that the US military occupation of Okinawa “should be based upon the fiction of a long-term lease—25 to 50 years or more—with sovereignty retained in Japan.”
Okinawa became a strategic location for US military bases. It became a US military colony. All hope of independence were squashed. The Okinawans never cease to yearn for the day when they will become independent and free again. That day never arrived. Instead, they were delivered a fate worse than before, by the Americans.
1972
US officially handed over Okinawa to the Japs in return for retaining its military bases there. This pushed en masse the victims to the clutches of their former tormentors and murderers once again. This was worse than experiencing hell twice. Only Americans would be cruel enough to do that. This is void of all universal values and ethical principles which the Americans zealously try to preach to the world.
After taking over from the US, the Japanese government initiated and implemented policies which discriminated against the Okinawans. The Okinawans have been suffering in silence since. But they have not given up on their independence and freedom.
1982
There was also a protest rally in 1982 when descriptions of Japanese army massacres of Okinawan civilians were to be deleted from textbooks.
1995
Three US servicemen from Camp Hansen kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old Japanese girl.
This case became widespread news only because the victim was courageous enough to pursue the case all the way to Japanese court. Many earlier cases had gone unreported because of special agreement between US and Japan which provided immunity for all personnel on the bases from Japanese law.
The U.S. also stored chemical and biological weapons on Okinawa, and there were cases where leaks from these barrels of biological weapons leaked into the water sources. There’s been a great deal of environmental damage done to Okinawa. There was a case when digging the ground to build a soccer field uncovered some 20 or 30 rusted-out barrels that had traces of dioxin in them.
1996
US proposed to move the US Marines' Futenma air base from a densely populated city in the central part of the island to less populated Henoko Bay in the north. The Okinawans wanted none of this. They want all US bases out of the island completely.
2000
The G8 Conference was held on the island. Okinawa was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2007
In March 2007, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced that all references to military coercion in the compulsory mass suicides (shudan jiketsu) of Okinawan residents during the Battle of Okinawa were to be eliminated from all Japanese schools' textbooks. The textbooks would eliminate all references to Japan’s soldiers. According to the revised passages, the Okinawans simply committed mass suicide or felt compelled to do so.
This provoked the islanders to stage the largest protest in its history and caught the world's attention.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2012
Two US Navy men were arrested for raping and robbing a woman.
2013
A Chinese scholar published a paper on a state-run newspaper challenging the Japanese ownership of the Ryukyus, sparking protests in Japan.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
2015
Oct
Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked the construction permit for US military base in Henoko Bay. He and most of his constituents wanted U.S. forces off the island entirely, not just moved around.
Nov
Japan's central government filed a law suit against Okinawa's governor, demanding he reinstated the construction permit for the US base at Henoko Bay.
The future
Some in the Western media claim that the number of islanders wishing for independence were a small minority. They pointed to the small number of votes a candidate who canvassed for independence in an election had obtained. This is simplistic. There are several reasons for this.
1. After centuries of Japanese occupation, the original natives or indigenous peoples who are descendants from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom have been overwhelmed in numbers by immigrants from Japan's main islands.
2. They are also overwhelmed by the geopolitical forces aligned against their wish for independence. They would be going against the power and influence of the Japs and the Americans combined. Both the Japs and the Americans would not want an independent Okinawa. For the Japs that would meant a loss of a territory they have captured and held for over a century and a substantial loss in the size of Japan's economic zone. For the Americans, it would mean the loss of a key military base close to and directly facing China.
3. A fear by both the Japs and the Americans that an independent Okinawa may reject them both and embrace China instead.
The dominant group calling for independence mostly consists of Japanese immigrants. Not surprisingly, they call only for more autonomy or self-rule, not separation and independence from Japan. Fate may deal the indigenous Ryukyuans seeking independence and freedom a cruel hand yet again.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-suspends-work-on-u-s-base-relocation-on-okinawa
What the people on the island want is a complete withdrawal of military bases from their land. Period.
If the G7 Summit in Hiroshima deemed it fit to discuss the South China Sea, then it would be more befitting for it to discuss the Ryukyu and Okinawa. This is just north of the SCS and its ownership is more contentious, being autocratically decided by the US to favor Japan.

In 2000, the G8 (Russia was in then) Conference was held on the island of Okinawa. The island was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.

2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded  that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.

2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”

No further progress for Ryukyu's independence since then. Now, with Japan as the chosen one in the Asia-Pacific to counter the rise of China, the fate of independence for the Ryukyuans is sealed. In order not to displease the Japs, the US will not want to make an issue out of it. The Ryukyu will continue to be under Japanese rule, leased to the US as a military colony. Period.

Its hypocrisy of global proportion for the G7 to discuss the SCS and not the Ryukyu.
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The Ryukyu (琉球岛), Okinawa (冲绳岛)
The Ryukyu refers to a group of islands south of Japan. The largest island is named Okinawa by the Japs following an invasion and annexation.
From the earliest times, the Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球王国) occupied a privileged position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links with China. For centuries, the Ryukyu Kingdom maintained it's strongest economic and cultural ties with China.
In 1372, during the Chinese Ming Dynasty, the Ryukyuan King made a pledge of loyalty to the Chinese Emperor and the Ryukyu Kingdom became a tributary state of Ming China. It was a cordial relationship. The Chinese did not interfere in the Ryukyuan domestic affairs. The Kingdom maintained its independence. The Kingdom cultures, especially court and official cultures, were strongly influenced by Chinese cultures.
In 1392, Chinese clans with the required skills from the province of Fujian were invited by the Ryukyu Kingdom to assist the kingdom by serving as diplomats, interpreters, and government officials. Many later Ryukyuan officials were descended from these Chinese immigrants, being born in China or having Chinese ancestors. They assisted the Ryukyuans in advancing their technology and diplomatic relations.
When the Ming Emperor was told that the islanders were facing difficulties in sailing to-and-fro China, the Imperial Court dispatched several clans of ship-building craftsmen and sailors from a coastal area of China to the Ryukyu Kingdom to build and sail ships. They and their descendants settled permanently on the island.
1400 – 1550 was the golden era of the Ryukyu Kingdom. With support from China, it was a regional trading hub connecting East- and South-east- Asia.
In 1609 the first Japanese invasion of the Ryukyus occurred. This was carried by the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma. The kingdom was still allowed to pay tributes to the Ming court because the Ming dynasty was still too strong to be trifled with.
One notable piece of this period was that the Satsuma domain's leadership introduced the sugar cane industry into the island and forced the islanders to work under harsh conditions. This period was remembered as "Sato jigoku," or "Sugar Hell." Throughout this period, the islanders were progressively integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.
In the following decades, while the Ming dynasty weakened, Japs encroachment increased.
In 1654, during the early part of the Ching dynasty, Chinese influence was re-instated. Good relationship with China was re-established. The King of Ryukyu was appointed by the Ching emperor.
In 1800's, when Ching power was on the decline, Japs encroachments became openly aggressive.
1853 saw the arrival of US Commodore Perry's "Black Fleet". It also was the first time that U.S. military forces committed crimes against the Okinawan people. Shortly after docking, an American sailor broke into the house of an Okinawan woman and raped her. Upon hearing the woman's screams, several villagers gave pursuit, and Board either fell into the port or was drowned. Following this incident the villagers involved in this incident were punished for their role in the sailor's death, and Perry presented the woman who was raped with a few yards of cloth as compensation for the assault.
1854
US Commodore Perry wanted the Japs to agree to open Napa port on Okinawa for trading. Japs told him that they had no jurisdiction over the Ryukyu. The Commodore then signed the agreement with the Ryukyu government, worded in both Chinese and English.
In 1872, four years after the 1868 Meiji Restoration, Japan unilaterally declared the Ryukyu to be Japanese territory, without regard to protest from the Ching government of China.
1875 saw the full scale military invasion and annexation of the Ryukyu by the Japs. The weak Ching government was forced to recognise the Ryukyu as belonging to Japan. Without Chinese assistance, local resistance against the superior Jap forces were futile. The kingdom was forced to severe all relationships with China. The Japs retained the Ryukyu king as a figure head. The Ryukyu ceased to exist as an independent sovereign state.
In 1879, the Japs removed the last vestige of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the island by whisking its last king away to live in Tokyo. The Japs formally renamed the Ryukyu as the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. This also marked the beginning of a brutal campaign to assimilate the Ryukyu natives into the Japanese culture and turned them into obedient and loyal subjects of the Japanese Emperor. Those who could, leave. Those who remained had to endure harsh Japanese assimilation rules. Those natives who resisted assimilation were ostracized in the most cruel ways imaginable. In one mild example, native students who refused to speak in Japanese had a wooden plate hang over their shoulders with the characters “Dialect Speaker”, referring to the Okinawan dialect. More forceful methods included beatings and murders.
In 1898, young and fit natives were forcibly recruited into the Japanese Imperial Army (JIA) and dispatched overseas to fight in the name of the Japanese Emperor in Japan's war of aggressions.
1945
On its way to defeat Japan, US invaded Okinawa to drive out the Japs. That meant horror not for the Japs soldiers but ordinary inhabitants. The JIA doubted the loyalties of the Okinawans. A military order worse than that of scorched-earth policy was issued to the JIA defending the island. There should be no surrender of any sort. The whole island was to be completely destroyed, including lives and properties. In carrying out the order, those natives who had resisted Japanese assimilation became priority victims. They were massacred outright. Those who had assimilated were used as human shields in battles or forced to commit mass suicide in several ways, all cold-blooded. The people were forced to blow themselves up with grenades or forced to jump off high cliffs. Relatives had to kill each other with whatever weapons available on hand. People in families with grenades that failed to detonate killed each other with sickles or razors, or by bashing heads with clubs or rocks, or by strangling with rope. Those still alive hung themselves.There were cases of parents stabbing, slashing and chopping up their children and then set upon each other with kitchen knives. All the victims were women, children, the aged and disabled. Those young and able-bodied and anyone deemed fit to fight had been snatched away to join the JIA expeditionary forces.
At the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one in four of the inhabitants were killed.
After the defeat of Japan and end of WW2, while still under US occupation, several political parties sprang up in Okinawa, and every one of them called for Okinawan independence. The Ryukyu independence movement (琉球独立运动) or Republic of the Ryukyus (琉球共和国), is a movement for the independence of Okinawa and the surrounding islands (Ryukyu Islands), from Japan. But fate dealt them a cruel hand.
With the onset of the Cold War following the end of WW2, American military presence on the island was expanded and extended with support from Japan's wartime emperor, Hirohito. According to a memo to General Douglas MacArthur from his political advisor, William Sebald , imperial aide Terasaki Hidenari had relayed to Sebald the emperor’s opinion that America’s continued military occupation of Okinawa “would benefit the United States and also provide protection for Japan” and that “such a move would meet with widespread approval among the Japanese” owing to their concerns about the threat from the Soviet Union. According to the same memo, the emperor had indicated that the US military occupation of Okinawa “should be based upon the fiction of a long-term lease—25 to 50 years or more—with sovereignty retained in Japan.”
Okinawa became a strategic location for US military bases. It became a US military colony. All hope of independence were squashed. The Okinawans never cease to yearn for the day when they will become independent and free again. That day never arrived. Instead, they were delivered a fate worse than before, by the Americans.
1972
US officially handed over Okinawa to the Japs in return for retaining its military bases there. This pushed en masse the victims to the clutches of their former tormentors and murderers once again. This was worse than experiencing hell twice. Only Americans would be cruel enough to do that. This is void of all universal values and ethical principles which the Americans zealously try to preach to the world.
After taking over from the US, the Japanese government initiated and implemented policies which discriminated against the Okinawans. The Okinawans have been suffering in silence since. But they have not given up on their independence and freedom.
1982
There was also a protest rally in 1982 when descriptions of Japanese army massacres of Okinawan civilians were to be deleted from textbooks.
1995
Three US servicemen from Camp Hansen kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old Japanese girl.
This case became widespread news only because the victim was courageous enough to pursue the case all the way to Japanese court. Many earlier cases had gone unreported because of special agreement between US and Japan which provided immunity for all personnel on the bases from Japanese law.
The U.S. also stored chemical and biological weapons on Okinawa, and there were cases where leaks from these barrels of biological weapons leaked into the water sources. There’s been a great deal of environmental damage done to Okinawa. There was a case when digging the ground to build a soccer field uncovered some 20 or 30 rusted-out barrels that had traces of dioxin in them.
1996
US proposed to move the US Marines' Futenma air base from a densely populated city in the central part of the island to less populated Henoko Bay in the north. The Okinawans wanted none of this. They want all US bases out of the island completely.
2000
The G8 Conference was held on the island. Okinawa was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2007
In March 2007, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced that all references to military coercion in the compulsory mass suicides (shudan jiketsu) of Okinawan residents during the Battle of Okinawa were to be eliminated from all Japanese schools' textbooks. The textbooks would eliminate all references to Japan’s soldiers. According to the revised passages, the Okinawans simply committed mass suicide or felt compelled to do so.
This provoked the islanders to stage the largest protest in its history and caught the world's attention.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2012
Two US Navy men were arrested for raping and robbing a woman.
2013
A Chinese scholar published a paper on a state-run newspaper challenging the Japanese ownership of the Ryukyus, sparking protests in Japan.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
2015
Oct
Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked the construction permit for US military base in Henoko Bay. He and most of his constituents wanted U.S. forces off the island entirely, not just moved around.
Nov
Japan's central government filed a law suit against Okinawa's governor, demanding he reinstated the construction permit for the US base at Henoko Bay.
The future
Some in the Western media claim that the number of islanders wishing for independence were a small minority. They pointed to the small number of votes a candidate who canvassed for independence in an election had obtained. This is simplistic. There are several reasons for this.
1. After centuries of Japanese occupation, the original natives or indigenous peoples who are descendants from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom have been overwhelmed in numbers by immigrants from Japan's main islands.
2. They are also overwhelmed by the geopolitical forces aligned against their wish for independence. They would be going against the power and influence of the Japs and the Americans combined. Both the Japs and the Americans would not want an independent Okinawa. For the Japs that would meant a loss of a territory they have captured and held for over a century and a substantial loss in the size of Japan's economic zone. For the Americans, it would mean the loss of a key military base close to and directly facing China.
3. A fear by both the Japs and the Americans that an independent Okinawa may reject them both and embrace China instead.
The dominant group calling for independence mostly consists of Japanese immigrants. Not surprisingly, they call only for more autonomy or self-rule, not separation and independence from Japan. Fate may deal the indigenous Ryukyuans seeking independence and freedom a cruel hand yet again.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-suspends-work-on-u-s-base-relocation-on-okinawa
What the people on the island want is a complete withdrawal of military bases from their land. Period.
If the G7 Summit in Hiroshima deemed it fit to discuss the South China Sea, then it would be more befitting for it to discuss the Ryukyu and Okinawa. This is just north of the SCS and its ownership is more contentious, being autocratically decided by the US to favor Japan.
In 2000, the G8 (Russia was in then) Conference was held on the island of Okinawa. The island was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded  that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
No further progress for Ryukyu's independence since then. Now, with Japan as the chosen one in the Asia-Pacific to counter the rise of China, the fate of independence for the Ryukyuans is sealed. In order not to displease the Japs, the US will not want to make an issue out of it. The Ryukyu will continue to be under Japanese rule, leased to the US as a military colony. Period.
Its hypocrisy of global proportion for the G7 to discuss the SCS and not the Ryukyu.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-forces-okinawa-hold-month-mourning-murdered-japanese-woman-n582046

Another rape and murder of a woman in Okinawa. How many more to go? Will it ever stop?

No amount of anger by the Japanese government, no amount of apologies or mournings by the Americans, no matter how high up the hierarchy, will be able to alleviate the pain of the Okinawans or remove the hurt on their pride.

It does not take rocket science to figure out that the rapes happen simply because the American military bases are there.

If sincerity can prevail over hypocrisy, the bases should be gone. But will that happen, if ever?

These rapes are aberrations of American military might. The Americans will immorally justify their existence. They are telling countries where these occur that if you want to be protected by the mighty USA, you have no choice but to accept the bases; and tolerate the occasional rapes of your people.

Americans and Japs, f*ck off from the Ryukyu! Freedom for the Ryukyuans!
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The Ryukyu (琉球岛), Okinawa (冲绳岛)
The Ryukyu refers to a group of islands south of Japan. The largest island is named Okinawa by the Japs following an invasion and annexation.
From the earliest times, the Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球王国) occupied a privileged position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links with China. For centuries, the Ryukyu Kingdom maintained it's strongest economic and cultural ties with China.
In 1372, during the Chinese Ming Dynasty, the Ryukyuan King made a pledge of loyalty to the Chinese Emperor and the Ryukyu Kingdom became a tributary state of Ming China. It was a cordial relationship. The Chinese did not interfere in the Ryukyuan domestic affairs. The Kingdom maintained its independence. The Kingdom cultures, especially court and official cultures, were strongly influenced by Chinese cultures.
In 1392, Chinese clans with the required skills from the province of Fujian were invited by the Ryukyu Kingdom to assist the kingdom by serving as diplomats, interpreters, and government officials. Many later Ryukyuan officials were descended from these Chinese immigrants, being born in China or having Chinese ancestors. They assisted the Ryukyuans in advancing their technology and diplomatic relations.
When the Ming Emperor was told that the islanders were facing difficulties in sailing to-and-fro China, the Imperial Court dispatched several clans of ship-building craftsmen and sailors from a coastal area of China to the Ryukyu Kingdom to build and sail ships. They and their descendants settled permanently on the island.
1400 – 1550 was the golden era of the Ryukyu Kingdom. With support from China, it was a regional trading hub connecting East- and South-east- Asia.
In 1609 the first Japanese invasion of the Ryukyus occurred. This was carried by the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma. The kingdom was still allowed to pay tributes to the Ming court because the Ming dynasty was still too strong to be trifled with.
One notable piece of this period was that the Satsuma domain's leadership introduced the sugar cane industry into the island and forced the islanders to work under harsh conditions. This period was remembered as "Sato jigoku," or "Sugar Hell." Throughout this period, the islanders were progressively integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.
In the following decades, while the Ming dynasty weakened, Japs encroachment increased.
In 1654, during the early part of the Ching dynasty, Chinese influence was re-instated. Good relationship with China was re-established. The King of Ryukyu was appointed by the Ching emperor.
In 1800's, when Ching power was on the decline, Japs encroachments became openly aggressive.
1853 saw the arrival of US Commodore Perry's "Black Fleet". It also was the first time that U.S. military forces committed crimes against the Okinawan people. Shortly after docking, an American sailor broke into the house of an Okinawan woman and raped her. Upon hearing the woman's screams, several villagers gave pursuit, and Board either fell into the port or was drowned. Following this incident the villagers involved in this incident were punished for their role in the sailor's death, and Perry presented the woman who was raped with a few yards of cloth as compensation for the assault.
1854
US Commodore Perry wanted the Japs to agree to open Napa port on Okinawa for trading. Japs told him that they had no jurisdiction over the Ryukyu. The Commodore then signed the agreement with the Ryukyu government, worded in both Chinese and English.
In 1872, four years after the 1868 Meiji Restoration, Japan unilaterally declared the Ryukyu to be Japanese territory, without regard to protest from the Ching government of China.
1875 saw the full scale military invasion and annexation of the Ryukyu by the Japs. The weak Ching government was forced to recognise the Ryukyu as belonging to Japan. Without Chinese assistance, local resistance against the superior Jap forces were futile. The kingdom was forced to severe all relationships with China. The Japs retained the Ryukyu king as a figure head. The Ryukyu ceased to exist as an independent sovereign state.
In 1879, the Japs removed the last vestige of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the island by whisking its last king away to live in Tokyo. The Japs formally renamed the Ryukyu as the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. This also marked the beginning of a brutal campaign to assimilate the Ryukyu natives into the Japanese culture and turned them into obedient and loyal subjects of the Japanese Emperor. Those who could, leave. Those who remained had to endure harsh Japanese assimilation rules. Those natives who resisted assimilation were ostracized in the most cruel ways imaginable. In one mild example, native students who refused to speak in Japanese had a wooden plate hang over their shoulders with the characters “Dialect Speaker”, referring to the Okinawan dialect. More forceful methods included beatings and murders.
In 1898, young and fit natives were forcibly recruited into the Japanese Imperial Army (JIA) and dispatched overseas to fight in the name of the Japanese Emperor in Japan's war of aggressions.
1945
On its way to defeat Japan, US invaded Okinawa to drive out the Japs. That meant horror not for the Japs soldiers but ordinary inhabitants. The JIA doubted the loyalties of the Okinawans. A military order worse than that of scorched-earth policy was issued to the JIA defending the island. There should be no surrender of any sort. The whole island was to be completely destroyed, including lives and properties. In carrying out the order, those natives who had resisted Japanese assimilation became priority victims. They were massacred outright. Those who had assimilated were used as human shields in battles or forced to commit mass suicide in several ways, all cold-blooded. The people were forced to blow themselves up with grenades or forced to jump off high cliffs. Relatives had to kill each other with whatever weapons available on hand. People in families with grenades that failed to detonate killed each other with sickles or razors, or by bashing heads with clubs or rocks, or by strangling with rope. Those still alive hung themselves.There were cases of parents stabbing, slashing and chopping up their children and then set upon each other with kitchen knives. All the victims were women, children, the aged and disabled. Those young and able-bodied and anyone deemed fit to fight had been snatched away to join the JIA expeditionary forces.
At the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one in four of the inhabitants were killed.
After the defeat of Japan and end of WW2, while still under US occupation, several political parties sprang up in Okinawa, and every one of them called for Okinawan independence. The Ryukyu independence movement (琉球独立运动) or Republic of the Ryukyus (琉球共和国), is a movement for the independence of Okinawa and the surrounding islands (Ryukyu Islands), from Japan. But fate dealt them a cruel hand.
With the onset of the Cold War following the end of WW2, American military presence on the island was expanded and extended with support from Japan's wartime emperor, Hirohito. According to a memo to General Douglas MacArthur from his political advisor, William Sebald , imperial aide Terasaki Hidenari had relayed to Sebald the emperor’s opinion that America’s continued military occupation of Okinawa “would benefit the United States and also provide protection for Japan” and that “such a move would meet with widespread approval among the Japanese” owing to their concerns about the threat from the Soviet Union. According to the same memo, the emperor had indicated that the US military occupation of Okinawa “should be based upon the fiction of a long-term lease—25 to 50 years or more—with sovereignty retained in Japan.”
Okinawa became a strategic location for US military bases. It became a US military colony. All hope of independence were squashed. The Okinawans never cease to yearn for the day when they will become independent and free again. That day never arrived. Instead, they were delivered a fate worse than before, by the Americans.
1972
US officially handed over Okinawa to the Japs in return for retaining its military bases there. This pushed en masse the victims to the clutches of their former tormentors and murderers once again. This was worse than experiencing hell twice. Only Americans would be cruel enough to do that. This is void of all universal values and ethical principles which the Americans zealously try to preach to the world.
After taking over from the US, the Japanese government initiated and implemented policies which discriminated against the Okinawans. The Okinawans have been suffering in silence since. But they have not given up on their independence and freedom.
1982
There was also a protest rally in 1982 when descriptions of Japanese army massacres of Okinawan civilians were to be deleted from textbooks.
1995
Three US servicemen from Camp Hansen kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old Japanese girl.
This case became widespread news only because the victim was courageous enough to pursue the case all the way to Japanese court. Many earlier cases had gone unreported because of special agreement between US and Japan which provided immunity for all personnel on the bases from Japanese law.
The U.S. also stored chemical and biological weapons on Okinawa, and there were cases where leaks from these barrels of biological weapons leaked into the water sources. There’s been a great deal of environmental damage done to Okinawa. There was a case when digging the ground to build a soccer field uncovered some 20 or 30 rusted-out barrels that had traces of dioxin in them.
1996
US proposed to move the US Marines' Futenma air base from a densely populated city in the central part of the island to less populated Henoko Bay in the north. The Okinawans wanted none of this. They want all US bases out of the island completely.
2000
The G8 Conference was held on the island. Okinawa was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2007
In March 2007, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced that all references to military coercion in the compulsory mass suicides (shudan jiketsu) of Okinawan residents during the Battle of Okinawa were to be eliminated from all Japanese schools' textbooks. The textbooks would eliminate all references to Japan’s soldiers. According to the revised passages, the Okinawans simply committed mass suicide or felt compelled to do so.
This provoked the islanders to stage the largest protest in its history and caught the world's attention.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2012
Two US Navy men were arrested for raping and robbing a woman.
2013
A Chinese scholar published a paper on a state-run newspaper challenging the Japanese ownership of the Ryukyus, sparking protests in Japan.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
2015
Oct
Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked the construction permit for US military base in Henoko Bay. He and most of his constituents wanted U.S. forces off the island entirely, not just moved around.
Nov
Japan's central government filed a law suit against Okinawa's governor, demanding he reinstated the construction permit for the US base at Henoko Bay.
The future
Some in the Western media claim that the number of islanders wishing for independence were a small minority. They pointed to the small number of votes a candidate who canvassed for independence in an election had obtained. This is simplistic. There are several reasons for this.
1. After centuries of Japanese occupation, the original natives or indigenous peoples who are descendants from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom have been overwhelmed in numbers by immigrants from Japan's main islands.
2. They are also overwhelmed by the geopolitical forces aligned against their wish for independence. They would be going against the power and influence of the Japs and the Americans combined. Both the Japs and the Americans would not want an independent Okinawa. For the Japs that would meant a loss of a territory they have captured and held for over a century and a substantial loss in the size of Japan's economic zone. For the Americans, it would mean the loss of a key military base close to and directly facing China.
3. A fear by both the Japs and the Americans that an independent Okinawa may reject them both and embrace China instead.
The dominant group calling for independence mostly consists of Japanese immigrants. Not surprisingly, they call only for more autonomy or self-rule, not separation and independence from Japan. Fate may deal the indigenous Ryukyuans seeking independence and freedom a cruel hand yet again.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-suspends-work-on-u-s-base-relocation-on-okinawa
What the people on the island want is a complete withdrawal of military bases from their land. Period.
If the G7 Summit in Hiroshima deemed it fit to discuss the South China Sea, then it would be more befitting for it to discuss the Ryukyu and Okinawa. This is just north of the SCS and its ownership is more contentious, being autocratically decided by the US to favor Japan.
In 2000, the G8 (Russia was in then) Conference was held on the island of Okinawa. The island was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded  that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
No further progress for Ryukyu's independence since then. Now, with Japan as the chosen one in the Asia-Pacific to counter the rise of China, the fate of independence for the Ryukyuans is sealed. In order not to displease the Japs, the US will not want to make an issue out of it. The Ryukyu will continue to be under Japanese rule, leased to the US as a military colony. Period.
Its hypocrisy of global proportion for the G7 to discuss the SCS and not the Ryukyu.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-forces-okinawa-hold-month-mourning-murdered-japanese-woman-n582046
Another rape and murder of a woman in Okinawa. How many more to go? Will it ever stop?
No amount of anger by the Japanese government, no amount of apologies or mournings by the Americans, no matter how high up the hierarchy, will be able to alleviate the pain of the Okinawans or remove the hurt on their pride.
It does not take rocket science to figure out that the rapes happen simply because the American military bases are there.
If sincerity can prevail over hypocrisy, the bases should be gone. But will that happen, if ever?
These rapes are aberrations of American military might. The Americans will immorally justify their existence. They are telling countries where these occur that if you want to be protected by the mighty USA, you have no choice but to accept the bases; and tolerate the occasional rapes of your people.
Americans and Japs, f*ck off from the Ryukyu! Freedom for the Ryukyuans!
Yeah, if you want "peace and stability" under the US umbrella, be prepared to be raped.

Long live American might!
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The Ryukyu (琉球岛), Okinawa (冲绳岛)
The Ryukyu refers to a group of islands south of Japan. The largest island is named Okinawa by the Japs following an invasion and annexation.
From the earliest times, the Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球王国) occupied a privileged position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links with China. For centuries, the Ryukyu Kingdom maintained it's strongest economic and cultural ties with China.
In 1372, during the Chinese Ming Dynasty, the Ryukyuan King made a pledge of loyalty to the Chinese Emperor and the Ryukyu Kingdom became a tributary state of Ming China. It was a cordial relationship. The Chinese did not interfere in the Ryukyuan domestic affairs. The Kingdom maintained its independence. The Kingdom cultures, especially court and official cultures, were strongly influenced by Chinese cultures.
In 1392, Chinese clans with the required skills from the province of Fujian were invited by the Ryukyu Kingdom to assist the kingdom by serving as diplomats, interpreters, and government officials. Many later Ryukyuan officials were descended from these Chinese immigrants, being born in China or having Chinese ancestors. They assisted the Ryukyuans in advancing their technology and diplomatic relations.
When the Ming Emperor was told that the islanders were facing difficulties in sailing to-and-fro China, the Imperial Court dispatched several clans of ship-building craftsmen and sailors from a coastal area of China to the Ryukyu Kingdom to build and sail ships. They and their descendants settled permanently on the island.
1400 – 1550 was the golden era of the Ryukyu Kingdom. With support from China, it was a regional trading hub connecting East- and South-east- Asia.
In 1609 the first Japanese invasion of the Ryukyus occurred. This was carried by the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma. The kingdom was still allowed to pay tributes to the Ming court because the Ming dynasty was still too strong to be trifled with.
One notable piece of this period was that the Satsuma domain's leadership introduced the sugar cane industry into the island and forced the islanders to work under harsh conditions. This period was remembered as "Sato jigoku," or "Sugar Hell." Throughout this period, the islanders were progressively integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.
In the following decades, while the Ming dynasty weakened, Japs encroachment increased.
In 1654, during the early part of the Ching dynasty, Chinese influence was re-instated. Good relationship with China was re-established. The King of Ryukyu was appointed by the Ching emperor.
In 1800's, when Ching power was on the decline, Japs encroachments became openly aggressive.
1853 saw the arrival of US Commodore Perry's "Black Fleet". It also was the first time that U.S. military forces committed crimes against the Okinawan people. Shortly after docking, an American sailor broke into the house of an Okinawan woman and raped her. Upon hearing the woman's screams, several villagers gave pursuit, and Board either fell into the port or was drowned. Following this incident the villagers involved in this incident were punished for their role in the sailor's death, and Perry presented the woman who was raped with a few yards of cloth as compensation for the assault.
1854
US Commodore Perry wanted the Japs to agree to open Napa port on Okinawa for trading. Japs told him that they had no jurisdiction over the Ryukyu. The Commodore then signed the agreement with the Ryukyu government, worded in both Chinese and English.
In 1872, four years after the 1868 Meiji Restoration, Japan unilaterally declared the Ryukyu to be Japanese territory, without regard to protest from the Ching government of China.
1875 saw the full scale military invasion and annexation of the Ryukyu by the Japs. The weak Ching government was forced to recognise the Ryukyu as belonging to Japan. Without Chinese assistance, local resistance against the superior Jap forces were futile. The kingdom was forced to severe all relationships with China. The Japs retained the Ryukyu king as a figure head. The Ryukyu ceased to exist as an independent sovereign state.
In 1879, the Japs removed the last vestige of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the island by whisking its last king away to live in Tokyo. The Japs formally renamed the Ryukyu as the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. This also marked the beginning of a brutal campaign to assimilate the Ryukyu natives into the Japanese culture and turned them into obedient and loyal subjects of the Japanese Emperor. Those who could, leave. Those who remained had to endure harsh Japanese assimilation rules. Those natives who resisted assimilation were ostracized in the most cruel ways imaginable. In one mild example, native students who refused to speak in Japanese had a wooden plate hang over their shoulders with the characters “Dialect Speaker”, referring to the Okinawan dialect. More forceful methods included beatings and murders.
In 1898, young and fit natives were forcibly recruited into the Japanese Imperial Army (JIA) and dispatched overseas to fight in the name of the Japanese Emperor in Japan's war of aggressions.
1945
On its way to defeat Japan, US invaded Okinawa to drive out the Japs. That meant horror not for the Japs soldiers but ordinary inhabitants. The JIA doubted the loyalties of the Okinawans. A military order worse than that of scorched-earth policy was issued to the JIA defending the island. There should be no surrender of any sort. The whole island was to be completely destroyed, including lives and properties. In carrying out the order, those natives who had resisted Japanese assimilation became priority victims. They were massacred outright. Those who had assimilated were used as human shields in battles or forced to commit mass suicide in several ways, all cold-blooded. The people were forced to blow themselves up with grenades or forced to jump off high cliffs. Relatives had to kill each other with whatever weapons available on hand. People in families with grenades that failed to detonate killed each other with sickles or razors, or by bashing heads with clubs or rocks, or by strangling with rope. Those still alive hung themselves.There were cases of parents stabbing, slashing and chopping up their children and then set upon each other with kitchen knives. All the victims were women, children, the aged and disabled. Those young and able-bodied and anyone deemed fit to fight had been snatched away to join the JIA expeditionary forces.
At the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one in four of the inhabitants were killed.
After the defeat of Japan and end of WW2, while still under US occupation, several political parties sprang up in Okinawa, and every one of them called for Okinawan independence. The Ryukyu independence movement (琉球独立运动) or Republic of the Ryukyus (琉球共和国), is a movement for the independence of Okinawa and the surrounding islands (Ryukyu Islands), from Japan. But fate dealt them a cruel hand.
With the onset of the Cold War following the end of WW2, American military presence on the island was expanded and extended with support from Japan's wartime emperor, Hirohito. According to a memo to General Douglas MacArthur from his political advisor, William Sebald , imperial aide Terasaki Hidenari had relayed to Sebald the emperor’s opinion that America’s continued military occupation of Okinawa “would benefit the United States and also provide protection for Japan” and that “such a move would meet with widespread approval among the Japanese” owing to their concerns about the threat from the Soviet Union. According to the same memo, the emperor had indicated that the US military occupation of Okinawa “should be based upon the fiction of a long-term lease—25 to 50 years or more—with sovereignty retained in Japan.”
Okinawa became a strategic location for US military bases. It became a US military colony. All hope of independence were squashed. The Okinawans never cease to yearn for the day when they will become independent and free again. That day never arrived. Instead, they were delivered a fate worse than before, by the Americans.
1972
US officially handed over Okinawa to the Japs in return for retaining its military bases there. This pushed en masse the victims to the clutches of their former tormentors and murderers once again. This was worse than experiencing hell twice. Only Americans would be cruel enough to do that. This is void of all universal values and ethical principles which the Americans zealously try to preach to the world.
After taking over from the US, the Japanese government initiated and implemented policies which discriminated against the Okinawans. The Okinawans have been suffering in silence since. But they have not given up on their independence and freedom.
1982
There was also a protest rally in 1982 when descriptions of Japanese army massacres of Okinawan civilians were to be deleted from textbooks.
1995
Three US servicemen from Camp Hansen kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old Japanese girl.
This case became widespread news only because the victim was courageous enough to pursue the case all the way to Japanese court. Many earlier cases had gone unreported because of special agreement between US and Japan which provided immunity for all personnel on the bases from Japanese law.
The U.S. also stored chemical and biological weapons on Okinawa, and there were cases where leaks from these barrels of biological weapons leaked into the water sources. There’s been a great deal of environmental damage done to Okinawa. There was a case when digging the ground to build a soccer field uncovered some 20 or 30 rusted-out barrels that had traces of dioxin in them.
1996
US proposed to move the US Marines' Futenma air base from a densely populated city in the central part of the island to less populated Henoko Bay in the north. The Okinawans wanted none of this. They want all US bases out of the island completely.
2000
The G8 Conference was held on the island. Okinawa was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2007
In March 2007, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced that all references to military coercion in the compulsory mass suicides (shudan jiketsu) of Okinawan residents during the Battle of Okinawa were to be eliminated from all Japanese schools' textbooks. The textbooks would eliminate all references to Japan’s soldiers. According to the revised passages, the Okinawans simply committed mass suicide or felt compelled to do so.
This provoked the islanders to stage the largest protest in its history and caught the world's attention.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2012
Two US Navy men were arrested for raping and robbing a woman.
2013
A Chinese scholar published a paper on a state-run newspaper challenging the Japanese ownership of the Ryukyus, sparking protests in Japan.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
2015
Oct
Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked the construction permit for US military base in Henoko Bay. He and most of his constituents wanted U.S. forces off the island entirely, not just moved around.
Nov
Japan's central government filed a law suit against Okinawa's governor, demanding he reinstated the construction permit for the US base at Henoko Bay.
The future
Some in the Western media claim that the number of islanders wishing for independence were a small minority. They pointed to the small number of votes a candidate who canvassed for independence in an election had obtained. This is simplistic. There are several reasons for this.
1. After centuries of Japanese occupation, the original natives or indigenous peoples who are descendants from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom have been overwhelmed in numbers by immigrants from Japan's main islands.
2. They are also overwhelmed by the geopolitical forces aligned against their wish for independence. They would be going against the power and influence of the Japs and the Americans combined. Both the Japs and the Americans would not want an independent Okinawa. For the Japs that would meant a loss of a territory they have captured and held for over a century and a substantial loss in the size of Japan's economic zone. For the Americans, it would mean the loss of a key military base close to and directly facing China.
3. A fear by both the Japs and the Americans that an independent Okinawa may reject them both and embrace China instead.
The dominant group calling for independence mostly consists of Japanese immigrants. Not surprisingly, they call only for more autonomy or self-rule, not separation and independence from Japan. Fate may deal the indigenous Ryukyuans seeking independence and freedom a cruel hand yet again.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-suspends-work-on-u-s-base-relocation-on-okinawa
What the people on the island want is a complete withdrawal of military bases from their land. Period.
If the G7 Summit in Hiroshima deemed it fit to discuss the South China Sea, then it would be more befitting for it to discuss the Ryukyu and Okinawa. This is just north of the SCS and its ownership is more contentious, being autocratically decided by the US to favor Japan.
In 2000, the G8 (Russia was in then) Conference was held on the island of Okinawa. The island was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded  that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
No further progress for Ryukyu's independence since then. Now, with Japan as the chosen one in the Asia-Pacific to counter the rise of China, the fate of independence for the Ryukyuans is sealed. In order not to displease the Japs, the US will not want to make an issue out of it. The Ryukyu will continue to be under Japanese rule, leased to the US as a military colony. Period.
Its hypocrisy of global proportion for the G7 to discuss the SCS and not the Ryukyu.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-forces-okinawa-hold-month-mourning-murdered-japanese-woman-n582046
Another rape and murder of a woman in Okinawa. How many more to go? Will it ever stop?
No amount of anger by the Japanese government, no amount of apologies or mournings by the Americans, no matter how high up the hierarchy, will be able to alleviate the pain of the Okinawans or remove the hurt on their pride.
It does not take rocket science to figure out that the rapes happen simply because the American military bases are there.
If sincerity can prevail over hypocrisy, the bases should be gone. But will that happen, if ever?
These rapes are aberrations of American military might. The Americans will immorally justify their existence. They are telling countries where these occur that if you want to be protected by the mighty USA, you have no choice but to accept the bases; and tolerate the occasional rapes of your people.
Americans and Japs, f*ck off from the Ryukyu! Freedom for the Ryukyuans!
Yeah, if you want "peace and stability" under the US umbrella, be prepared to be raped.
Long live American might!
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/world/asia/okinawa-murder-case-heightens-outcry-over-us-militarys-presence.html

As far as the native Ryukyuans are concerned, both the Americans and the Japs are the same, i.e., invaders. Both are unwelcomed and unwanted. But the native Ryukyuans do not have the might to make them leave.

The Japs were atrocious torturers and murderers of the Ryukyuans during their occupation of the island before WW2 ended. Many Ryukyuans were mass murdered or forced to commit mass suicides by the Japs to prevent them from surrendering to the Americans nearing the end of WW2. But after the war ended, the island became a US military colony. In 1972, it was officially handed back to Japan by the US.

The Ryukyuans were once again handed over to their past tormentors. This is extreme inhumanity. Its like handing over the surviving Jews in Auschwitz back to the Nazis. What kind of international rule, what kind of a rule-based world, would allow this to happen? Where are those Western human rights organizations? Why are they not fighting for the rights of the Rykyuans?
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The Ryukyu (琉球岛), Okinawa (冲绳岛)
The Ryukyu refers to a group of islands south of Japan. The largest island is named Okinawa by the Japs following an invasion and annexation.
From the earliest times, the Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球王国) occupied a privileged position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links with China. For centuries, the Ryukyu Kingdom maintained it's strongest economic and cultural ties with China.
In 1372, during the Chinese Ming Dynasty, the Ryukyuan King made a pledge of loyalty to the Chinese Emperor and the Ryukyu Kingdom became a tributary state of Ming China. It was a cordial relationship. The Chinese did not interfere in the Ryukyuan domestic affairs. The Kingdom maintained its independence. The Kingdom cultures, especially court and official cultures, were strongly influenced by Chinese cultures.
In 1392, Chinese clans with the required skills from the province of Fujian were invited by the Ryukyu Kingdom to assist the kingdom by serving as diplomats, interpreters, and government officials. Many later Ryukyuan officials were descended from these Chinese immigrants, being born in China or having Chinese ancestors. They assisted the Ryukyuans in advancing their technology and diplomatic relations.
When the Ming Emperor was told that the islanders were facing difficulties in sailing to-and-fro China, the Imperial Court dispatched several clans of ship-building craftsmen and sailors from a coastal area of China to the Ryukyu Kingdom to build and sail ships. They and their descendants settled permanently on the island.
1400 – 1550 was the golden era of the Ryukyu Kingdom. With support from China, it was a regional trading hub connecting East- and South-east- Asia.
In 1609 the first Japanese invasion of the Ryukyus occurred. This was carried by the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma. The kingdom was still allowed to pay tributes to the Ming court because the Ming dynasty was still too strong to be trifled with.
One notable piece of this period was that the Satsuma domain's leadership introduced the sugar cane industry into the island and forced the islanders to work under harsh conditions. This period was remembered as "Sato jigoku," or "Sugar Hell." Throughout this period, the islanders were progressively integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.
In the following decades, while the Ming dynasty weakened, Japs encroachment increased.
In 1654, during the early part of the Ching dynasty, Chinese influence was re-instated. Good relationship with China was re-established. The King of Ryukyu was appointed by the Ching emperor.
In 1800's, when Ching power was on the decline, Japs encroachments became openly aggressive.
1853 saw the arrival of US Commodore Perry's "Black Fleet". It also was the first time that U.S. military forces committed crimes against the Okinawan people. Shortly after docking, an American sailor broke into the house of an Okinawan woman and raped her. Upon hearing the woman's screams, several villagers gave pursuit, and Board either fell into the port or was drowned. Following this incident the villagers involved in this incident were punished for their role in the sailor's death, and Perry presented the woman who was raped with a few yards of cloth as compensation for the assault.
1854
US Commodore Perry wanted the Japs to agree to open Napa port on Okinawa for trading. Japs told him that they had no jurisdiction over the Ryukyu. The Commodore then signed the agreement with the Ryukyu government, worded in both Chinese and English.
In 1872, four years after the 1868 Meiji Restoration, Japan unilaterally declared the Ryukyu to be Japanese territory, without regard to protest from the Ching government of China.
1875 saw the full scale military invasion and annexation of the Ryukyu by the Japs. The weak Ching government was forced to recognise the Ryukyu as belonging to Japan. Without Chinese assistance, local resistance against the superior Jap forces were futile. The kingdom was forced to severe all relationships with China. The Japs retained the Ryukyu king as a figure head. The Ryukyu ceased to exist as an independent sovereign state.
In 1879, the Japs removed the last vestige of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the island by whisking its last king away to live in Tokyo. The Japs formally renamed the Ryukyu as the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. This also marked the beginning of a brutal campaign to assimilate the Ryukyu natives into the Japanese culture and turned them into obedient and loyal subjects of the Japanese Emperor. Those who could, leave. Those who remained had to endure harsh Japanese assimilation rules. Those natives who resisted assimilation were ostracized in the most cruel ways imaginable. In one mild example, native students who refused to speak in Japanese had a wooden plate hang over their shoulders with the characters “Dialect Speaker”, referring to the Okinawan dialect. More forceful methods included beatings and murders.
In 1898, young and fit natives were forcibly recruited into the Japanese Imperial Army (JIA) and dispatched overseas to fight in the name of the Japanese Emperor in Japan's war of aggressions.
1945
On its way to defeat Japan, US invaded Okinawa to drive out the Japs. That meant horror not for the Japs soldiers but ordinary inhabitants. The JIA doubted the loyalties of the Okinawans. A military order worse than that of scorched-earth policy was issued to the JIA defending the island. There should be no surrender of any sort. The whole island was to be completely destroyed, including lives and properties. In carrying out the order, those natives who had resisted Japanese assimilation became priority victims. They were massacred outright. Those who had assimilated were used as human shields in battles or forced to commit mass suicide in several ways, all cold-blooded. The people were forced to blow themselves up with grenades or forced to jump off high cliffs. Relatives had to kill each other with whatever weapons available on hand. People in families with grenades that failed to detonate killed each other with sickles or razors, or by bashing heads with clubs or rocks, or by strangling with rope. Those still alive hung themselves.There were cases of parents stabbing, slashing and chopping up their children and then set upon each other with kitchen knives. All the victims were women, children, the aged and disabled. Those young and able-bodied and anyone deemed fit to fight had been snatched away to join the JIA expeditionary forces.
At the end of the Battle of Okinawa, one in four of the inhabitants were killed.
After the defeat of Japan and end of WW2, while still under US occupation, several political parties sprang up in Okinawa, and every one of them called for Okinawan independence. The Ryukyu independence movement (琉球独立运动) or Republic of the Ryukyus (琉球共和国), is a movement for the independence of Okinawa and the surrounding islands (Ryukyu Islands), from Japan. But fate dealt them a cruel hand.
With the onset of the Cold War following the end of WW2, American military presence on the island was expanded and extended with support from Japan's wartime emperor, Hirohito. According to a memo to General Douglas MacArthur from his political advisor, William Sebald , imperial aide Terasaki Hidenari had relayed to Sebald the emperor’s opinion that America’s continued military occupation of Okinawa “would benefit the United States and also provide protection for Japan” and that “such a move would meet with widespread approval among the Japanese” owing to their concerns about the threat from the Soviet Union. According to the same memo, the emperor had indicated that the US military occupation of Okinawa “should be based upon the fiction of a long-term lease—25 to 50 years or more—with sovereignty retained in Japan.”
Okinawa became a strategic location for US military bases. It became a US military colony. All hope of independence were squashed. The Okinawans never cease to yearn for the day when they will become independent and free again. That day never arrived. Instead, they were delivered a fate worse than before, by the Americans.
1972
US officially handed over Okinawa to the Japs in return for retaining its military bases there. This pushed en masse the victims to the clutches of their former tormentors and murderers once again. This was worse than experiencing hell twice. Only Americans would be cruel enough to do that. This is void of all universal values and ethical principles which the Americans zealously try to preach to the world.
After taking over from the US, the Japanese government initiated and implemented policies which discriminated against the Okinawans. The Okinawans have been suffering in silence since. But they have not given up on their independence and freedom.
1982
There was also a protest rally in 1982 when descriptions of Japanese army massacres of Okinawan civilians were to be deleted from textbooks.
1995
Three US servicemen from Camp Hansen kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old Japanese girl.
This case became widespread news only because the victim was courageous enough to pursue the case all the way to Japanese court. Many earlier cases had gone unreported because of special agreement between US and Japan which provided immunity for all personnel on the bases from Japanese law.
The U.S. also stored chemical and biological weapons on Okinawa, and there were cases where leaks from these barrels of biological weapons leaked into the water sources. There’s been a great deal of environmental damage done to Okinawa. There was a case when digging the ground to build a soccer field uncovered some 20 or 30 rusted-out barrels that had traces of dioxin in them.
1996
US proposed to move the US Marines' Futenma air base from a densely populated city in the central part of the island to less populated Henoko Bay in the north. The Okinawans wanted none of this. They want all US bases out of the island completely.
2000
The G8 Conference was held on the island. Okinawa was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2007
In March 2007, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced that all references to military coercion in the compulsory mass suicides (shudan jiketsu) of Okinawan residents during the Battle of Okinawa were to be eliminated from all Japanese schools' textbooks. The textbooks would eliminate all references to Japan’s soldiers. According to the revised passages, the Okinawans simply committed mass suicide or felt compelled to do so.
This provoked the islanders to stage the largest protest in its history and caught the world's attention.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2012
Two US Navy men were arrested for raping and robbing a woman.
2013
A Chinese scholar published a paper on a state-run newspaper challenging the Japanese ownership of the Ryukyus, sparking protests in Japan.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
2015
Oct
Governor Takeshi Onaga revoked the construction permit for US military base in Henoko Bay. He and most of his constituents wanted U.S. forces off the island entirely, not just moved around.
Nov
Japan's central government filed a law suit against Okinawa's governor, demanding he reinstated the construction permit for the US base at Henoko Bay.
The future
Some in the Western media claim that the number of islanders wishing for independence were a small minority. They pointed to the small number of votes a candidate who canvassed for independence in an election had obtained. This is simplistic. There are several reasons for this.
1. After centuries of Japanese occupation, the original natives or indigenous peoples who are descendants from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom have been overwhelmed in numbers by immigrants from Japan's main islands.
2. They are also overwhelmed by the geopolitical forces aligned against their wish for independence. They would be going against the power and influence of the Japs and the Americans combined. Both the Japs and the Americans would not want an independent Okinawa. For the Japs that would meant a loss of a territory they have captured and held for over a century and a substantial loss in the size of Japan's economic zone. For the Americans, it would mean the loss of a key military base close to and directly facing China.
3. A fear by both the Japs and the Americans that an independent Okinawa may reject them both and embrace China instead.
The dominant group calling for independence mostly consists of Japanese immigrants. Not surprisingly, they call only for more autonomy or self-rule, not separation and independence from Japan. Fate may deal the indigenous Ryukyuans seeking independence and freedom a cruel hand yet again.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-suspends-work-on-u-s-base-relocation-on-okinawa
What the people on the island want is a complete withdrawal of military bases from their land. Period.
If the G7 Summit in Hiroshima deemed it fit to discuss the South China Sea, then it would be more befitting for it to discuss the Ryukyu and Okinawa. This is just north of the SCS and its ownership is more contentious, being autocratically decided by the US to favor Japan.
In 2000, the G8 (Russia was in then) Conference was held on the island of Okinawa. The island was in the limelight. World leaders came, met and were gone. The plights of the Okinawans remained.
2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded  that the disproportionate concentration of US military bases in Okinawa constitutes a “contemporary form of racism.” A special report of the UN Human Rights Council and an opinion issued by the UN Committee on Human Rights have underscored the view that Okinawans’ human rights are being violated.
2014
More recently, in its “concluding observations” on Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that the Japanese government “consider recognizing the Ryukyu as indigenous peoples and take concrete steps to protect their rights.”
No further progress for Ryukyu's independence since then. Now, with Japan as the chosen one in the Asia-Pacific to counter the rise of China, the fate of independence for the Ryukyuans is sealed. In order not to displease the Japs, the US will not want to make an issue out of it. The Ryukyu will continue to be under Japanese rule, leased to the US as a military colony. Period.
Its hypocrisy of global proportion for the G7 to discuss the SCS and not the Ryukyu.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-forces-okinawa-hold-month-mourning-murdered-japanese-woman-n582046
Another rape and murder of a woman in Okinawa. How many more to go? Will it ever stop?
No amount of anger by the Japanese government, no amount of apologies or mournings by the Americans, no matter how high up the hierarchy, will be able to alleviate the pain of the Okinawans or remove the hurt on their pride.
It does not take rocket science to figure out that the rapes happen simply because the American military bases are there.
If sincerity can prevail over hypocrisy, the bases should be gone. But will that happen, if ever?
These rapes are aberrations of American military might. The Americans will immorally justify their existence. They are telling countries where these occur that if you want to be protected by the mighty USA, you have no choice but to accept the bases; and tolerate the occasional rapes of your people.
Americans and Japs, f*ck off from the Ryukyu! Freedom for the Ryukyuans!
Yeah, if you want "peace and stability" under the US umbrella, be prepared to be raped.
Long live American might!
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/world/asia/okinawa-murder-case-heightens-outcry-over-us-militarys-presence.html
As far as the native Ryukyuans are concerned, both the Americans and the Japs are the same, i.e., invaders. Both are unwelcomed and unwanted. But the native Ryukyuans do not have the might to make them leave.
The Japs were atrocious torturers and murderers of the Ryukyuans during their occupation of the island before WW2 ended. Many Ryukyuans were mass murdered or forced to commit mass suicides by the Japs to prevent them from surrendering to the Americans nearing the end of WW2. But after the war ended, the island became a US military colony. In 1972, it was officially handed back to Japan by the US.
The Ryukyuans were once again handed over to their past tormentors. This is extreme inhumanity. Its like handing over the surviving Jews in Auschwitz back to the Nazis. What kind of international rule, what kind of a rule-based world, would allow this to happen? Where are those Western human rights organizations? Why are they not fighting for the rights of the Rykyuans?
News headline:
"65,000 march in Okinawa for removal of US military bases following murder"

Mighty USA will not budge. US national interest come first. Freedom and human rights do not apply to the Okinawans. All the international rules and laws in the rule-based world will not be able to help them. WTF! F*CK USA!
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2016-06-21 04:34:54 UTC
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Okinawans are second class citizens of Japan, so they have to shut up.

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2016-06-22 03:22:35 UTC
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Okinawans are second class citizens of Japan, so they have to shut up.
Wakalukong
When the protest is over and done with, who will still remember their plight?
Who will continue to feel their pain, the hurt on their pride? Who will fight for them? That would be fighting against American and Japanese national interest. No Western organizations will do that. These would be more concerned about the preservation of certain animal species. Are the Ryukyuans a people destined for extinction?
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2016-08-11 09:18:30 UTC
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Okinawans are second class citizens of Japan, so they have to shut up.
Wakalukong
When the protest is over and done with, who will still remember their plight?
Who will continue to feel their pain, the hurt on their pride? Who will fight for them? That would be fighting against American and Japanese national interest. No Western organizations will do that. These would be more concerned about the preservation of certain animal species. Are the Ryukyuans a people destined for extinction?
http://time.com/4430243/us-military-okinawa-base-land-return-japan-protests/

This is good for a start but what is required is a complete withdrawal of all foreign forces and then independence for the Ryukyus.
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2016-08-13 20:36:29 UTC
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Okinawans are second class citizens of Japan, so they have to shut up.
Wakalukong
When the protest is over and done with, who will still remember their plight?
Who will continue to feel their pain, the hurt on their pride? Who will fight for them? That would be fighting against American and Japanese national interest. No Western organizations will do that. These would be more concerned about the preservation of certain animal species. Are the Ryukyuans a people destined for extinction?
http://time.com/4430243/us-military-okinawa-base-land-return-japan-protests/
This is good for a start but what is required is a complete withdrawal of all foreign forces and then independence for the Ryukyus.
What about independence for Taiwan?
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2017-10-10 02:57:16 UTC
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Okinawans are second class citizens of Japan, so they have to shut up.
Wakalukong
When the protest is over and done with, who will still remember their plight?
Who will continue to feel their pain, the hurt on their pride? Who will fight for them? That would be fighting against American and Japanese national interest. No Western organizations will do that. These would be more concerned about the preservation of certain animal species. Are the Ryukyuans a people destined for extinction?
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201709290008.html

Those who have experienced Japanese atrocities can never forget them. They were so inhuman. The worse is that this may happen all over again, with the Jap re-militarising themselves feverishly now.

The only way forward for the Rhukyuans is Independence.

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