Four elected leaders from Okinawa spoke at UHM on April 27, 2015. National Diet member Keiko Itokazu, Nago Councilmember Kumiko Onaga, Chatan Councilmember Hideko Tamanaha, and Yomitan Councilmember Kikue Tsuhako oppose the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago City. They view the shoreline runway as a detriment to environment, economy, and public safety. Okinawa’s representatives and Governor Onaga have repeated their opposition to Tokyo and Washington, but national government survey work for the airfield on the coral reef has begun. Audience members found local parallels in Okinawa’s struggles and asked how they could help. Thank you to sponsors Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Hawai‘i Peace and Justice, Oceania Rising, and Ukwanshin Kabudan.
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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (center) dedicated the Honouliuli National Monument on March 31, 2015, in ceremonies at the site and at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. She stressed that broad community support had encouraged President Obama’s February declaration. Dr. Joyce Chinen (right), Director of the UHM Center for Okinawan Studies and Professor of Sociology at UH West Oahu, researched Okinawan internees and POWs at Honouliuli in Social Process in Hawaii, Volume 45, 2014. UH West Oahu provides access to the rural site that will become the new national monument. Congratulations to the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.
On March 30, 2015, Consul General of Japan in Honolulu, Toyoei Shigeeda, awarded 2015 Monbukagakusho Research Student Scholarships to two UHM students.
Daniel Allen will conduct research in Tourism Studies at Hokkaido University from April 2015 to March 2017. Daniel’s research will contribute to his M.A. thesis in Asian Studies at UHM.
Christian Bilgera will conduct research in Electrical Engineering at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology from April 2015 to March 2017. Christian completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at UHM and now seeks smarter power grid designs in Japan.
Supporters at the ceremony included Deputy Consul General Maruyama, past MEXT awardee UHM faculty Susan Hirate and Lonny Carlile, and MEXT screening committee members Mary Hammond (Dean, EWC) and Mary McDonald (CJS).
UHM appreciates the Government of Japan’s generous awards of two research scholarships this year. Best wishes to Daniel and Christian.
(left to right) Mary McDonald, Daniel Allen, Consul General Shigeeda, Christian Bilgera, and Mary Hammond