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Okinawa decides not to invite premier to war memorial event amid pandemic

  • May 15, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times wrote that the Okinawa prefectural government has decided against inviting Prime Minister Abe to the annual event on June 23 commemorating the end of the Battle of Okinawa in WWII since this year’s ceremony will be drastically scaled back because of the coronavirus outbreak. The prefectural government is also reportedly conducting a review of its existing plan to invite a top UN representative to the 75th anniversary event. It will also ask the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to send video messages instead of attending.

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