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Okinawa International Peace Research Institute

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2-24-2 Nishi, Naha,Okinawa 900-0036

Photo Gallery

Battle of Okinawa・The Holocaust

 Yearning for peace without war, Mr. Ota and the institution offer you the permanent exhibition of the Battle of Okinawa and the Holocaust. We would like for you to see pictures that he collected after the Battle of Okinawa and and truly understand how horrible war is.
 Mr. Ota conscripted by the Japanese Imperial Army and dragged into the battle of Okinawa when he was a student. He managed to survive in the bloodiest last stand of the southern Okinawa. His war experience caused him to find out why people of Okinawa suffered the battle.
 Battle of Okinawa/Holocaust Exhibition placed in the first floor and first to third landings of Okinawa International Research Institute has three themes: @the battle of Okinawa (over 1,000 photos collected by Mr. Ota after the war while he was a professor) , AAtomic bombings of cities in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Holocaust, genocides of Sino-Japanese war and Korean war (about 50 photos), andBpostwar reconstruction of Okinawa (about 900 photos).
 There are many problems in the world. But, war is not the answer to the problems. Look at these pictures. War creates another problem.

Battle of Okinawa・・・1st Floor

  1. Prologue - From attack on Pearl Harbor to bombing of Naha on October 11, 1944
  2. March 26, 1945 - US Army landed in Kerama Islands west of the main island
  3. April 1, 1945 - US Army and Marine landed on the northern part of the main island
  4. The land battle of northern Okinawa taken place
  5. April 8, 1945 - fierce close combat
  6. Cactus Ridge and Kakazu Ridge
  7. Okinawans caught in the cross fire - In theory, military is for defense the country. But, in realty, military did not protect civilians in the battle of Okinawa.
  8. The final stand on the south end of Okinawa
  9. After the battle of Okinawa - Japan to surrender and the Tokyo War Crimes Trials
  10. Occupation and Reconstruction of Japan - Prisoners of war camps and rehabilitation
  11. US military bases in Okinawa - No more war and pray for peace

Special Exhibition・・・1st to 3rd landings

  1. No more war and pray for peace - War memorials
  2. Battle of Okinawa - It all started with dokaseisaku, or a assimilation policy when Ryukyu kingdom became Okinawa, a prefecture of Japan
  3. Psychological warfare - Propaganda
  4. Reckless attackーTokko or Special Attack by Japanese Military
  5. Standing alone - Fighting for themselves
  6. Soldiers indoctrinated to fight to the death - Prisoners of war after the war
  7. Postwar era - Occupation
  8. US occupation I - Controversy over the postwar Reconstruction of Japan
  9. US occupation II - Early era of the postwar reconstruction (pictures through the courtesy of general Douglas Macarthur memorial)

Special Exhibition・・・1st Floor

People to lose their sense of Humanity and Dignity

  1. Fear of nuclear weapons
  2. Ethnic conflict
  

Battle of Okinawa, Mass Suicides, and Deep Scars(Photos by Hiroaki Yamashiro)

After the War, Okinawa still suffers from the legacies of the Battle: ・・・1st to 3rd floor landings

  1. Institutionalized discrimination - photos by 兼城淳子氏、伊藤昭嘉氏
  2. Various accidents, incidents, mishaps, serious harm caused by U.S. Military forces stationed in Okinawa. It all started fighting for land taken over and military bases expanded after the war. Now, Okinawans live in "islands of U.S. military bases"
  3. Indifference by Japanese and U.S. governments. Okinawans stood up for themselves after the war.

Admission

Hours : 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (the last admission: 5:00pm)
Closed:on Thursday
Fee :Adults 500Yen
    Students 300 Yen (ID required)
    Children under 12 (Accompanied by an adult) Free
Group (20 people or more) 20% discount Call in advance.




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If you want to learn more about the Battle of Okinawa, DVDs are available at the following site. DVD Store

Okinawa International Peace Research Institute沖縄国際平和研究所

2-24-2 Nishi, Naha,
Okinawa 900-0036, Japan
TEL 098-979-9490
FAX 098-979-9491
E-mail: Ota@opri.jp