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A former senior official of the U.S. Government recommends reviewing bases that “the people on Okinawa do not want.”

A former senior official of the U.S. Government recommends reviewing bases that

May 13, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On May 11, in Washington D.C., former U.S. Government senior official Morton Halperin, who in the past was responsible for negotiating with the Japanese Government on matters relating to the reversion of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty, responded to a request from the Ryukyu Shimpo for an interview. Four decades ago, he drafted the National Security Decision Memorandum 13 (NSDM 13), a top-secret file that summarized...

 

U.S. Senate panel rejects budget for transferring Marines stationed in Okinawa to Guam

May 17, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On May 15, the Subcommittee on Military Construction within the Appropriations Committee, which is chaired by Daniel Inouye, rejected the 26 million dollars requested from the draft fiscal 2013 spending bill (for the...

Okinawa marks 40th anniversary of return to Japan Prime Minister pledges not to allow Futenma base to become a permanent fixture

Okinawa marks 40th anniversary of return to Japan   Prime Minister pledges not to allow Futenma base to become a permanent fixture

May 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, the day that Okinawa marked the 40th anniversary of its reversion to Japanese sovereignty, the central government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government co-hosted a ceremony at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda expressed...

AMICUS students publish a school paper about the reversion of Okinawa

AMICUS students publish a school paper about the reversion of Okinawa

May 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the reversion of Okinawa, fifth-grade students of the Okinawa AMICUS International published a school newspaper.
Twenty-seven students worked on the paper from mid-April and draw a comparison between Okinawa in the...

American activist refers to Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty with U.S. military presence intact as “fraud”

American activist refers to Okinawa's reversion to Japanese sovereignty with U.S. military presence intact as “fraud”

May 15, 2012 Chota Takamine, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, 1972, the day of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty, an American woman delivered a speech with a U.S. Army sergeant at a protest rally held by the Okinawa Reversion to the Fatherland Council at Yogi Park...

Nanyo-doken establishes technology for soil cleanup with a view to use land previously occupied by U.S. bases

Nanyo-doken establishes technology for soil cleanup with a view to use land previously occupied by U.S. bases

May 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, in anticipation of the use of land after the return of U.S. military bases, Nanyo-doken announced that they have started an experiment involving the biotechnological treatment of soil tainted by heavy oil at a storage site of the company in Urasoe. Applying...

U.S. government to dispatch Osprey to Okinawa in July

May 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Several government officials revealed on May 11 that the U.S. government has notified Tokyo that it intends to dispatch the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in a disassembled state by ship to the Naha...

Ryukyuan indigo dyeing introduced at Japan Festival Paris 

Ryukyuan indigo dyeing introduced at Japan Festival Paris 

April 30, 2012 Yoko Oshiro, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Jardin d’Acclimatation is a park located in the Boulogne Forest on the outskirts of Paris. Peacocks and other birds abound in a mixture of a natural and amusement park seldom seen in Japan.

A Japan Festival was held at...

Production of brown sugar affected by poor sugar cane harvests

Production of brown sugar affected by poor sugar cane harvests

May 8, 2012 Fumitaki Jahana of Ryukyu Shimpo

2011 to 2012 was a lean season for sugar cane in Okinawa. The shortage of raw materials led to a decrease in production of chunks of Okinawan brown sugar, which in turn pushed the selling price up. The problem of short supply came after the over...

Students from Hikone City Nishi Junior High School have their school song by Baku

Students from Hikone City Nishi Junior High School have their school song by Baku

May 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, 80 students from Hikone City Nishi Junior High School in Shiga Prefecture visited the Okinawa Prefectural Library on a school trip and saw the original lyrics of their school song written by a poet from Okinawa, Baku Yamanokuchi.

The 27 page-long...

Brown sugar day

Brown sugar day

May 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 10, or Brown Sugar Day, the Okinawa Non-Centrifugal Sugar Countermeasure Conference held an event promoting the consumption and sale of chunks of Okinawan brown sugar in the plaza in front of Palette Kumoji. Organizations related to the event will run a campaign...

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