Tag: Okinawa and Other Ryukyu Islands (Japan)

Navy Submarine, Missing for 75 Years, Is Found Off Okinawa

A 75-year-old mystery has been solved, and the families of 80 American sailors lost at sea will now have closure: the U.S.S. Grayback has finally been found. It was hidden from discovery all this time by a single errant digit. The mystery began on Jan. 28, 1944, when the Grayback, one of the most successful […]

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Shuri Castle, Historic Tourist Draw on Okinawa, Is Destroyed by Fire

A devastating fire on Thursday destroyed most of Shuri Castle, a top tourist destination on the Japanese island of Okinawa and a World Heritage site that was once the seat of a kingdom that spanned 450 years. No one was injured in the blaze, which was first reported at 2:40 a.m. and was extinguished by […]

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Japan Braces for Typhoon, Canceling Rugby World Cup Games and Flights

TOKYO — As a powerful typhoon churned toward Japan, organizers of the Rugby World Cup on Thursday canceled two upcoming matches originally scheduled to be played Saturday in stadiums in the direct path of the storm. The cancellations were announced as cities, railways and airlines scrambled to prepare for the storm, which is expected to […]

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The Man Who Told America the Truth About D-Day

Most of the men in the first wave never stood a chance. In the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, thousands of American soldiers crawled down swaying cargo nets and thudded into steel landing craft bound for the Normandy coast. Their senses were soon choked with the smells of wet canvas gear, seawater and acrid […]

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