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Poll finds 80% of residents favor stopping Henoko relocation work

Poll finds 80% of residents favor stopping Henoko relocation work

August 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV) carried out a telephone poll jointly on August 23 and 24 referring to the seabed drilling survey in Henoko, Nago. The Henoko bay area is the planned reclamation site for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The poll found 80. 2 percent of residents favored cessation of the relocation work. Only 19. 8 percent of respondents said that the work should continue as is.
The poll revealed 81.5 percent...

 

Okinawan lawmaker Itokazu appeals to UN to end Henoko base construction

Okinawan lawmaker Itokazu appeals to UN to end Henoko base construction

August 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 20, Keiko Itokazu, a member of the Upper House and leader of the Okinawa Social Mass Party, took part in a UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination held at Geneva in Switzerland. She called for the immediate cessation of the construction...

Naha City Assembly asks the U.S. and Japanese governments to stop the construction of a new base in Henoko immediately

Naha City Assembly asks the U.S. and Japanese governments to stop the construction of a new base in Henoko immediately

August 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese governments are building a new base in the Henoko district of Nago for replacement of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. A majority of the Naha City Assembly members resolved to ask the governments to stop the construction immediately...

Nonprofit organization Japan Heart receives Okinawa Peace Award

Nonprofit organization Japan Heart receives Okinawa Peace Award

August 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Peace Award is given to individuals and organizations that contribute to making peace and nonviolence in the Asia Pacific region. The Okinawa Prefectural Government announced on August 20 that Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Japan Heart became the...

NTV team succeed in filming dugong in the sea off coast of Nago

NTV team succeed in filming dugong in the sea off coast of Nago

August 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 1:30 p.m. on August 22, the team of Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV) successfully filmed the endangered Okinawan dugong underwater off the coast of Kayo in Nago. The NTV aired the film across the nation at 6:00 p.m. on August 24. According to the...

3,600 people gather at protest rally against construction of US air base in Henoko

3,600 people gather at protest rally against construction of US air base in Henoko

August 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizen groups held a protest rally against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko, in front of Camp Schwab at 2:00 p.m. on August 23. The protest rally was titled, “Let’s go to Henoko to stop new base construction!” About...

The United Nations asks the Japanese government to respect Okinawan people’s opposition against the Henoko relocation plan

The United Nations asks the Japanese government to respect Okinawan people's opposition against the Henoko relocation plan

August 22, 2014 Tsuyoshi Arakaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 20 and 21, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) investigated on racial discrimination in Japan. They also discussed policies on the U.S. military bases in Okinawa. One of the committee members...

Music Village opens in Okinawa City

Music Village opens in Okinawa City

August 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12, the opening ceremony for music resource center Music Village was held at Ichibangai in Okinawa City. The Music Village exhibits photographs, sound sources, and films of Okinawa folk songs, jazz, rock, and other music.

The Music village is...

The Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival enthrals spectators

The Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival enthrals spectators

August 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 59th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival was held at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City from August 15 to 17. Fifteen Eisa organizations from in and outside the city took part in the festival and attracted spectators to various performances. Many families and tourists...

Ceremony for the 60th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Bolivia held

Ceremony for the 60th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Bolivia held

August 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year marks the 60th anniversary since Okinawans emigrated to Bolivia, and established their community by reclaiming dense forest. On August 17, a ceremony for the 60th anniversary of the immigration was held in Bolivia. The participants of the ceremony paid...

Monument for the 100th year of Okinawan immigration to Brazil unveiled

Monument for the 100th year of Okinawan immigration to Brazil unveiled

August 15, 2014 Masaaki Umeda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 13, an unveiling ceremony for a monument to commemorate the 100th year of Okinawan immigration was held in Campo Grande City, Brazil. The monument is 180 centimeters in width and 250 centimeters in height. The monument was built at...