An annual parade in Ryukyu Islands (also known
as Okinawa, 琉球岛)
reflects its special historical link with the Middle
Kingdom - China. The locals carry the royal saddens
with figures of royal couple dressed in traditional
Okinawa used to be an independent Ryukyu Kingdom
This is the Homepage of Independent Ryukyu Kingdom
Let's get rid of the alien rule from the US military forces and Japan
Despite the Japanese government protested over China's version
of Ryukyu Islands' history, the version presented by China,
nevertheless, is the historical fact, reported the Ryukyu
Times on Friday.
"Ryukyu intellectuals all have a Chinese
name, which is an attempt to maintain their cultural
link with both China and Japan and reflect a history of
peaceful co-existence with the both countries," said
Hamashita, former Director of Archaeological Center of
Okinawa Prefecture, who has a Chinese name "孙中路”.
However, historically Ryukyu's co-existence with its selfish
and violent neighbour Japan was never a peaceful one.
Ryukyu has a history as an independent kingdom for more
than a thousand years with a close cultural, political and
military ties to the Middle
Kingdom. In fact, a great number of the local residents
are Chinese descendents with their ancestors initially migrated
from China's Fujian Province.
A scene in Ryukyu (Okinawa): Chinese national
flags are placed along side with slogans demanding
to shut down the US military bases in Ryukyu Islands
Yet a proud kingdom was destroyed abruptly in 1879 when
Japanese invaded Ryukyu and turned it into a second class
prefecture of Japan.
According to Potsdam Declaration (Proclamation Defining
Terms for Japanese Surrender) that was jointly released by
the United State, China and Britain on July 26 1945 and later
became the foundation of Japanese Constitution, "Japanese
sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido,
Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine, as
had been announced in the Cairo Declaration in 1943".
And the Cairo Declaration announced that all the territories
Japan has taken from China such as Manchuria (Dongbei), Formosa
(Taiwan), and the Pescadores (Penghu), shall be restored
to China, and Japan will also be
expelled from all other territories which she has taken by
violence and greed. And Ryukyu Island IS the territory
that was seized by Japan through military conquest thus must
be relinquished without condition.
When Japanese government learned that it had to give up
all occupied territories, including Ryukyu, it conducted
a genocidal massacre in the islands in which 260,000 Ryukyu
people died, that is the second largest mass execution of
civilians by Japanese army during the WWII. The biggest mass
murder occurred in Nanjing.
Since the United States illegally helped Japan to take over
the Ryukyu Islands again 27 years after Japan's retreat from
the territory following its unconditioned
surrender, the locals are once again condemned to a life
of second class citizen, and the resistant movement against
Japanese rule and the US military presence has never ceased
in the past 40 years.
In 2006, Ryukyu independence movement issued a jointed statement "Ryukyu