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Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony attendees vow peace and object to Okinawa made scapegoat

Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony attendees vow peace and object to Okinawa made scapegoat

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, where the final fight of the Battle of Okinawa took place, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Prefectural Assembly held the Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony on June 23, the 71st anniversary of the end of the battle. At the ceremony, participants prayed for the 200,000 people who became victims in the battle, and vowed to create lasting peace worldwide. Prayers and requiem masses were offered at memorial services...

 

All Okinawa Kaigi demands Japanese Government withdrawal of US marines from Okinawa

All Okinawa Kaigi demands Japanese Government withdrawal of US marines from Okinawa

June 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Co-representative of All Okinawa Kaigi (All Okinawa Coalition) and Meio University student Ai Tamaki, and other members, met Osamu Hayashizaki, vice-minister for policy coordination in the Cabinet Office, in Tokyo on June 22. They handed over a resolution that was...

Editorial: Okinawans at mass rally protesting base employee incident say no to Marines and bases as their anger has surpassed tipping point

June 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

As long as there are bases in Okinawa, incidents perpetrated by the U.S. military and base employees that violate women’s human rights and put their lives in danger will continue to occur.

The anger and sadness of Okinawans can no longer be expressed in...

Okinawa organizations to tackle child poverty

June 17,2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the aim of tackling child poverty in Okinawa, 105 organizations in the prefecture have launched a new organization called “Future of Children in Okinawa”, kicking it off with a conference at Okinawa Prefectural Office in Naha on June 17. The organization...

Hong Kong Express launches regular flights between Ishigaki and Hong Kong

Hong Kong Express launches regular flights between Ishigaki and Hong Kong

June 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Low-Cost Carrier based in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Express, launched its first flight service between Hong Kong and Ishigaki on June 16. A welcoming ceremony was held at the Ishigaki Airport International Terminal to celebrate the newly established service, and involved...

President of Orion Breweries Yoshio Kadekaru tells his personal story of childhood poverty

President of Orion Breweries Yoshio Kadekaru tells his personal story of childhood poverty

June 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

President of Orion Breweries Yoshio Kadekaru spoke out about the issue of childhood poverty, saying that he also experienced living in poverty. He went on to say he cannot allow children today to have the same experience.

Kadekaru was born in what was Yabu...

200 protesters surround Ishigaki City Hall to oppose SDF deployment

200 protesters surround Ishigaki City Hall to oppose SDF deployment

June 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 13, a residents’ group dedicated to preventing the deployment of Japan Self-Defense Force (SDF) troops on Ishigaki Island surrounded Ishigaki City Hall to protest the plan. The Ishigaki city council is in the middle of its June regular session, and people...

Rainy season ends one week earlier than usual in Okinawa

Rainy season ends one week earlier than usual in Okinawa

June 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 16, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced the rainy season had ended in Okinawa. The rainy season usually ends around June 23. This year it ended one week earlier than usual and earlier than last year, when the rainy season ended on June 8. This...

65,000 people in rally mourn and demand withdrawal of Marines from Okinawa

65,000 people in rally  mourn and demand withdrawal of Marines from Okinawa

June 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

At 2 p.m. on June 19 at Naha’s Ounoyama Athletic Park, a rally was held to protest in the wake of the rape and murder of a woman by a U.S. military contractor. The official title of the rally was, “Denounce the cruel act of brutality by a former...

Nishimura wins Itoman Hare on Yukkanuhi

Nishimura wins Itoman Hare on Yukkanuhi

June 8, 2016 Ryuykyu Shimpo

On June 8, which was May 4 in the Lunar Calendar, the Itoman Hare boat race was held at Itoman Harbor Central Area in Itoman City to usher in the fishing season with prayers for a safe voyage and a big catch. At Nashiro of Itoman City and Ou Island in Nanjo City,...

Praying for life-saving cave and peace at Shiohira Gongen Festival

Praying for life-saving cave and peace at Shiohira Gongen Festival

June 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony to give thanks for the natural cave that saved more than 500 evacuees during the Battle of Okinawa was held on June 9. The ceremony, Shiohira Gongen Festival, took place in front of the cave known as “Shiohira Gongen cave” located in between Shiohira...