Okinawa and the Security Context

In preparation for Uchinanchu Talk Story VI a new page “Okinawa and Security Issues” has been created.  Please click here.

This page is intended to complement the page “Three Years After UTS IIII — What Happened?” which focuses on recent developments within Okinawa since 2013.

People who plan to participate in the upcoming symposium are encouraged to visit these pages and to read the links to news articles and documents in order to be well informed on the issues surrounding the US bases in Okinawa.


Getting the Facts

New Page Added

Getting the facts is crucial to democratic participation and for scholarly analyses.  In preparation for the upcoming Uchinanchu Talk Story VI (UTS VI) on 24 July 2016, a new page — UTS VI – Documents & Resources — has been created that has links to official documents relating to the US bases in Okinawa.  Please look at the far left side of the navigation bar.

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For example, on 16 July 2016, published an article critical of the way US Marine Corps training video explain Okinawan views and cultures to service personnel who will be stationed in Okinawa.  A PDF of the slide presentation has been published on the Internet.  We made a copy of it and embedded it into the link below.  We urge our readers to view the official documents for themselves and get the facts directly.

As of 16 July 2016, two official documents have been listed in the tab UTS VI – Documents & Resources:

US Marines’ Okinawa Culture Orientation Presentation

Status of Forces Agreement (1960)


Three Years After UTS III – What Happened?

As way of preparing for the upcoming Uchinanchu Talk Story VI, a new page was created that lists events that have taken place since UTS III.  It is meant to give people attending Talk Story VI some background on the issues surrounding the US bases in Okinawa.

Here’s the link to the new page “UTS VI” in the far right tab of the webpage banner.

And, don’t forget to register for UTS VI!

Registration form can be found in the July 5 article “Uchinanchu Talk Story VI – 2016.


Mourning For Rina Shimabukuro

Kakeru Miyagi praying for the soul of his former classmate, Rina Shimabukuro  Source

Kakeru Miyagi praying for the soul of his former classmate, Rina Shimabukuro Source

Americans Show Solidarity With Okinawa

We are grieving with Okinawa.

We are grieving with Okinawa. Source

The recent brutal murder of Rina Shimabukuro in April 2016 sparked widespread outrage and sadness in Okinawa, Japan, and the US.  In memory of Rina Shimabukuro people all over have gathered for prayer and to express solidarity for peace.  Americans have been outraged as well by the loss of a beautiful life.

Americans apologize

Americans apologize  Source

Americans showing solidarity

Americans showing solidarity  Source

This recent killing seems to be part of a larger pattern stemming from the heavy military presence on Okinawa island.  The recent article by UPI noted:

Despite constituting 0.6 percent of Japanese territory, Okinawa has 74 percent of U.S. military facilities in Japan. U.S. forces first occupied the island in 1945 and it remained a U.S. base until 1972 when it was returned to Japan. [Emphases added]

WUB Hawaii together with the East-West Center is planning a symposium (Uchinanchu Talk Story VI) on the US military bases in Okinawa in July 2016.  For more details please check the page “UTS VI which will post the latest information available.













Prof. Dennis Ogawa Honored

Prof. Dennis Ogawa

Prof. Dennis Ogawa wearing the Order of the Rising Sun

Prof. Dennis M. Ogawa, long time WUB Hawaii member, was recently awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan.  The ceremony took place at the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu.

The medal was bestowed on Prof. Ogawa in recognition of his contribution to the development of Japanese studies in the US and his promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the US.

For a more detailed article, please visit our new WUB website.


Next Meeting: October 1, 2015



This month’s meeting is a Logistics Meeting for the Taste of Okinawa, which is scheduled for April 30, 2016.

With such a huge and momentous event coming up this meeting will focus on implementing the plans put forth by co-chairs: Roy Irei, Chris Pearce, and Akemi Martin.


Date:                October 1, 2015 Thursday

New Time       5-6:30 pm


Vineyard Zippy’s  —  59 N. Vineyard Boulevard  532-4211

images-47Parking: Zippy’s lot and Queens Hospital Nuuanu parking lot.  If the chain to Queens Nuuanu lot is up, please exit Zippy’s and make a quick right turn into the Queens lot.


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