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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison accidentally stated he wants to "tackle China" before correcting himself by saying "tackle climate change" at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Morrison, as well as numerous other U.S. allies, have been heavily critical towards China in recent years as Western powers seek to slow China's rise and prolong Western imperialism. This includes U.S. aggression against Luchu (Okinawa), Hawaii, Guam, and numerous other nations around the world suffering from U.S. militarism. Rather than focusing on the grave threat of climate change, Western nations are more concerned about "containing China."
A historic bell from the Luchu (Ryukyu) Kingdom has been returned to Okinawa after having been stolen by a U.S. soldier during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. The soldier was Lieutenant General Roy Geiger, who took advantage of the destruction in Okinawa caused by the U.S. and Japanese war to steal the bell from Luchuans (Ryukyuans). It later came to be possessed by Geiger's granddaughter, Melanie Curtis.
Shizuo Kishaba is chairman of the Ryumai History Study Group and negotiated the return of the bell. Curtis was initially reluctant to return the stolen item, but agreed to do so after learning of the destruction of Shuri Castle in October 2019 that destroyed some historic Luchuan artifacts.
On November 2, a ceremony was held at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum to commemorate the bell's return.
The United States and Japan each owe Luchuans trillions of dollars in reparations for the harm they have caused since 1945 and 1879, respectively. Luchu is recognized by international law as an independent country, and has been under illegal occupation by the U.S. and Japan, both of whom commit major human rights violations against Luchuans on a daily basis.
The United Nations and the international community at large must immediately act to protect the rights of the Luchuan people.
November 1 has been declared Ryukyu History & Culture Day by the Okinawa Prefectural Government. The celebration this year was largely overshadowed by the recent elections, however, the promotion of history and culture is always important.
For generations the United States and Japan have oppressed Ryukyuans / Okinawans, preventing us from teaching our history, culture, and languages in schools. As a result, all of these things are in danger of dying out.
The United Nations recognizes Ryukyuans / Okinawans as the Indigenous peoples of the Ryukyu Islands. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples guarantees Indigenous peoples the right to teach our culture, history, and language in schools and media.
The international community must act immediately to help protect Ryukyuans from U.S. and Japanese aggression. Please contact us if you are interested in assisting.
Okinawans are strongly criticizing a video published by Vice about poverty in Okinawa.
"Vice just came out with a video about poverty in Okinawa, and it's complete trash. It promotes stereotypes about Okinawans while ignoring the root cause of its poverty which is colonialism by Japan and the US. I hate that it got so many likes. This sucks."
Uchinanchu (Indigenous Okinawans) make up the vast majority of Okinawa's 1.4 million people, which includes tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel and their families.
Western and Japanese mainstream media has an extensive history of misrepresenting Okinawa, while speaking for and over the voices of Okinawans. This, of course, is a major human rights violation on the part of both the U.S. and Japan, who are illegally occupying the Ryukyu Islands against the will of Ryukyuans.
"Around 95% of the articles and videos published in Western mainstream media about Okinawa are terrible," said Rob Kajiwara, president of the Peace For Okinawa Coalition. "They use a very U.S. and Japan-centric view, which they impose onto Ryukyuans / Okinawans. They have little-to-no understanding of Ryukyuan language, culture, history, values, identity, or views. This is why most Ryukyuans don't bother with Western media."
Ryukyuans are recognized by the United Nations as the Indigenous peoples of the Ryukyu Islands. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People guarantees Ryukyuans the right to "establish their own media in their own languages and to have access to all forms of non-indigenous media without discrimination."
The Peace For Okinawa Coalition urges the international community to take immediate action to ensure the rights of Ryukyuans / Okinawans are protected from U.S. and Japanese aggression.
Vice has a history of accepting payment from governments in exchange for promoting propaganda:
The New York Times has published an article titled "Would Russia or China Help Us if We Were Invaded by Space Aliens?" The article has garnered sharp criticism and mocking from thousands online. When it comes to China, Okinawa, or other members of the Global South, the New York Times has produced a slew of very low-quality articles.
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Reuters has published an article in which they claim that Okinawans are moving in an anti-China direction, using the results of Okinawa's recent election as 'evidence' to support their argument. This strongly contradicts reports from Okinawa, which clearly state that some voters have chosen to support certain candidates due to their economic policies in light of the ongoing pandemic - not due to the so-called 'China threat.'
The Reuters article entirely omits the recent major victories of the All-Okinawa Coalition, including the election of Seiken Akamine of the Communist Party and Kunio Arakaki of the Social Democratic Party. Reuters quotes a few Okinawans in an attempt to support their 'anti-China' claim, while ignoring the overwhelming majority of Okinawans who oppose the U.S. and Japanese military bases. While the article claims that 'young Okinawans are moving in an anti-China direction,' this also contradicts the factual evidence. The petition started by Rob Kajiwara in December 2018 against the Henoko military base obtained over 212,000 signatures - the vast majority of which were from millennials. Millennials continue to make up around 90% of the Peace For Okinawa Coalition's membership and active participants. Numerous other millennial Okinawans have voiced their opposition to the U.S. / Japanese military bases in a variety of other ways.
Even the U.S. government has acknowledged that Okinawans do not see China as a threat.
The writer of the article is Ju-min Park, a South Korean journalist who covers Japan and North Korea. The vast majority of articles about Okinawa published in the English language are written by non-Okinawans, almost all of whom have little-to-no understanding of Okinawan culture, history, language, issues, or identity. The inclusion of Okinawan voices regarding Okinawan issues is an essential element in any society claiming to be democratic.
Additionally, referring to Okinawa as "Japan" is deeply offensive to the majority of Okinawans, and is a major human rights violation. Ryukyuans / Okinawans are recognized by the United Nations as the Indigenous people of the Ryukyu Islands. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples guarantees Ryukyuan rights under international law.
Western and Japanese mainstream media have an extensive history of manipulating and misreporting Okinawan issues in order to advance U.S. and Japanese imperialist propaganda. Superimposing U.S. and Japanese views onto Okinawans is unprofessional, inappropriate, and an act of aggression.
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