Archive for December, 2011

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Peace Candle service held at Henoko on Christmas Eve

Peace Candle service held at Henoko on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, a Peace Candle service was held in front of the No. 1 gate of Camp Schwab at Henoko in Nago. The service has been held there every Saturday evening by residents who wish to preserve the sea of Henoko and to persuade the government to cancel plans to construct the replacement facility for the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in this location. This last service of 2011 was carried out in the context of the government being about to submit the Environmental Impact Report as...

 

Okinawa International Animation Contents Summit to be held in Naha next February

Okinawa International Animation Contents Summit to be held in Naha next February

December 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 19 next year, the Okinawa International Animation Contents Summit, featuring attractions of animation and content, and including events such as a world-class museum of Japanese animation contents, a panel exhibition of the Ultraman Series, live performances...

Former governors Inamine and Ota give their approval to the prefectural assembly’s statement requesting the abandonment of the Henoko evaluation report

Former governors Inamine and Ota give their approval to the prefectural assembly’s statement requesting the abandonment of the Henoko evaluation report

December 20, 2011
On December 19, prominent Okinawan intellectuals held a press conference to publically agree with the statement accepted unanimously by the prefectural assembly in November on “Opposition to the relocation of Futenma Air Station to Henoko, and to submit a statement asking...

Kataritsugibe storytellers pass on war experiences to next generation

<em>Kataritsugibe</em> storytellers pass on war experiences to next generation

December 19, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Students with no experience of war are passing on stories of the Battle of Okinawa and speaking to members of the next generation about the meaning of peace. The group is called Kataritsugibe, and is make up of student volunteers from the University...

From March 2012 Yomitan Murasaki Mura will promote tourism with karate

From March 2012 Yomitan Murasaki Mura will promote tourism with karate

December 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16 at the Prefectural Government Offices, representatives of Yomitan Kururu Resort Okinawa, which manages the Taiken Okoku Murasaki Mura in Yomitan, met with executives from four other firms and announced that they will commence a model project to...

War victim group seeks to establish a war victim assistance law

War victim group seeks to establish a war victim assistance law

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 14 at the prefectural government offices, a war victim group filing a collective lawsuit with the central government for an apology and compensation to civilian casualties in the Battle of Okinawa, made its stance clear on a war victim assistance...

Illuminations at Mabuni turned on in the hope of peace

Illuminations at Mabuni turned on in the hope of peace

December 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of December 16, a ceremony to commence the 13th Itoman City Peaceful Illumination, making a wish for peace, was held at Itoman Farm for Tourists in Mabuni, Itoman. It will be in place until January 3. Mayor of Itoman City, Hirotsune Uehara, the chairperson...

Town office to carry out an environmental survey in the Hamby area of Chatan regarding the defoliant issue

December 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to the defoliant containing the deadly poison dioxin being a serious threat to the health of residents, Chatan Town Office is carrying out an environmental survey in the Hamby area in an attempt to find evidence of pollution. U.S. military veterans...

Okinawa Prefecture preserves the Shiraho-Saonetabaru Cave on the site of New Ishigaki Airport

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa prefecture has decided to preserve the Shiraho Saonetabaru site where human bones 24000 years old were unearthed. The site will be conserved to enable further excavation and visits. This is the first site where plants and animals are preserved in their...

[Editorial]
Japanese government should abandon the Futenma relocation plan

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The issue of the relocation and return of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa has reached a critical juncture.
In the United States, the Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed to cut the 150 million dollars tagged for the planned...

Out of consideration of a backlash from Okinawa the government has not budgeted for the Futenma relocation plan for the next fiscal year

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to the relocation plan of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in the Nago district, it was revealed on December 14 that the government has decided to defer the inclusion of basic design and construction costs originally scheduled for the...

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