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Taiwanese, Okinawans gather to recall deadly 1947 uprising

Date Posted: 2008-02-21

A bloody revolution by Taiwan’s military in 1947 left 20~30,000 people dead, including Okinawans.

The uprising 61 years ago was dubbed the ‘Taiwan 2.28 Scandal’, and it’s still making news because four Okinawans are still missing. Members of the four families are continuing to press Taiwan for compensation, and the Taiwanese government has begun doling out money to survivors and families.

A visiting group of Taiwanese officials has met with the Okinawa families, promising “We would like to make this scandal clear, and make a clear note about the revolution.” The five committee members, including a Taipei University professor, told the four Okinawa families they’ll press for compensation, but asked for Okinawan support, too.

Three family members represented the Okinawa families during the meetings. Senkou Aoyama, a 101-year-old, led the group, joined by Keisho Aoyama, 64, and 95-year-old Mie Aoyama. Senkou Aoyama called the revolution “an awful scandal. I feel so sorry about the dead.” The Taipei University professor says “we want to make an international debate about this revolution, and make clear that Okinawan families should receive compensation from the Taiwan government.”

The professor told the Okinawa trio “We want to get help for you,” and then wondered exactly “how the Taiwan government is going to answer about this compensation to you Okinawans who are missing family.

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