Okinawa bears war scars 70 years on

National / History Jul 15, 2015

Okinawa bears war scars 70 years on

by Masanori Fukuda

Toshie Asato still regrets that she could not save the life of her 9-month-old baby in the closing days of World War II 70 years ago. The 94-year-old Okinawan left her home in the village of Kitanakagusuku in the central part of Okinawa island in ...

Okinawa: In the crosshairs of war

National / History Apr 4, 2015

Okinawa: In the crosshairs of war

by Stephen Mansfield

"We always seem to be at the tail end of history, dragged along roads already ruined by others." — "Memoirs of a Declining Ryukyuan Women," Kushi Fusako On a recent trip to the Pacific island of Guam, I came across a peculiar omission in the memorialization ...

History Mar 31, 2015

Himeyuri storytellers pass baton

The female students and teachers who were mobilized to form the Himeyuri corps, a nursing unit for the Imperial Japanese Army during the Battle of Okinawa, have retired as storytellers due to old age, handing the baton to a younger generation that did not ...