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Okinawa battle: 68% say “memories fading”

  • 2015-06-17 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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(Asahi: June 17, 2015—p. 1 & p. 2)


 Ahead of “Okinawa Memorial Day” on June 23, when the organized fighting in the Battle of Okinawa at the closing stage of the Pacific War is said to have ended, the Asahi Shimbun jointly conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey of Okinawa Prefecture’s voting population with the Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting to probe their attitudes. In the survey, respondents were asked about the memories of the Battle of Okinawa. In the breakdown of answers to this question, “fading” substantially outnumbered “handed down (to people today),” at 68% and 20%.


 In the meantime, respondents were also asked whether they think Okinawa Prefecture’s Gov. Takeshi Onaga should revoke the approval by his immediate predecessor, former Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, of the government’s proposed landfill work. In response to this question, a total of 58% answered “yes.” Those who answered “no” accounted for a total of no more than 23%. Respondents were further asked whether they approve of relocating [the U.S. military’s] Futenma airfield to Henoko. To this question, “no” accounted for a total of 66% and “yes” for a total of 18%.


 The survey targeted voters in Okinawa Prefecture. Answers were obtained from a total of 846 persons. (Abridged)



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