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Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins confirmed as first graveyard during Old Stone Age in the country

Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins confirmed as first graveyard during Old Stone Age in the country

May 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19, at the Okinawa Prefectural Buried Cultural Property Center, Nishihara Town, the prefectural education board announced the results of the investigation into the Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins, which was conducted between fiscal 2012 and 2016.

The cave ruins were confirmed as the first graveyard in the old Paleolithic age in Japan.

At least 19 pieces of full-body human skeletons from the Old Stone Age were found, which is the largest deposit...

 

Itoman City and Okinawa Prefectural Government taking measures to prevent illegal waste dumping in Mabuni

Itoman City and Okinawa Prefectural Government taking measures to prevent illegal waste dumping in Mabuni

May 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 12, about 20 people including prefectural officials and Itoman City officials visited and confirmed a site of illegal waste dumping. Illegally dumped waste such as empty cans and household appliances have been piled up for many years under cliffs facing the...

New research finds Japan’s linkage with Senkaku Islands dating back to 1819

New research finds Japan’s linkage with Senkaku Islands dating back to 1819

May 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 12, the government published a research report for 2016 on Okinawa Prefecture’s Senkaku Islands and Shimane Prefecture’s Takeshima. The report included document(s) stating that the Ryukyu royalty had arrived on the shores of the Senkaku Islands in 1819....

MOD states GSDF missile unit activities on Miyako might extend to civilian land

May 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) At the House of Councilors Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense meeting on May 18, Bureau of Defense Buildup Planning director Keiichi Takahashi indicated the possibility that as part of the planned deployment of Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) to Miyakojima...

Yamashiro to address infringements on Okinawans’ rights at UN Human Rights Council in June

Yamashiro to address infringements on Okinawans’ rights at UN Human Rights Council in June

May 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On May 16 the All Okinawa Council for Human Rights (which has previously been referred to as the Okinawa International Human Rights Study Group), jointly chaired by Jun Shimabukuro and Eiichi Hoshino, made an announcement at a press conference with...

Okinawa’s Prefectural Bird and Prefectural Flower make a joint appearance in Kunigami

Okinawa’s Prefectural Bird and Prefectural Flower make a joint appearance in Kunigami

May 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kunigami – A Noguchigera (Okinawa woodpecker) bird, which is both an endangered species and designated as a national special natural treasure, was photographed drinking from a deigo flower in Kunigami by photographer Hiroaki Yamashiro of Haebaru on May 15. The Noguchigera...

300 people protest to stop US military helicopter training involving the hanging of vehicles

300 people protest to stop US military helicopter training involving the hanging of vehicles

May 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

From 6 p.m. on May 11, a protest titled “5.11 Village Convention Opposed to Repeated Hanging Training by the U.S. Helicopter” was held at the Toguchi Gate of U.S. Army Torii Station. The convention called for discontinuation of training involving vehicles being...

Parachute drop training forcibly conducted at night

Parachute drop training forcibly conducted at night

May 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military conducted drop training using parachutes around 7:30 p.m. on May 10 at Kadena Air Base. According to town officials, this is the first parachute drop training to be conducted at night since the Japan-US Special Action Committee on Okinawa was announced....

2,200 people mark 45th anniversary of reversion by holding rally to call for an Okinawa without military bases

2,200 people mark 45th anniversary of reversion by holding rally to call for an Okinawa without military bases

May 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Okinawa reached the milestone of 45 years of reversion to Japan from U.S. occupation.
 
Okinawans have aspired to make their islands free of military bases, but have still not realized their dream.

The Japanese government is forcibly...

Editorial: Increasing support from the international community at the UNPFII

April 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) being held at the United Nations headquarters, a representative for the Asia region prepared a statement indicating that the construction of a new base in Okinawa is being pushed...

UN forum Asia delegates declare Japan ignores Okinawans’ indigenous rights in building new base

UN forum Asia delegates declare Japan ignores Okinawans’ indigenous rights in building new base

April 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reporting

On the morning on April 25 (local time), the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York held a meeting between the UN General...