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Okinawa Governor Onaga compares the Japanese government to the island’s former “autocratic” US High Commissioner

Okinawa Governor Onaga compares the Japanese government to the island’s former

April 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga have held a stormy meeting at a Naha hotel. Suga said, “Giving up Henoko relocation could lead to Futenma Air Station becoming a permanent fixture. Based on applicable laws and regulations approved by the former Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, we are carrying out the landfill without making a fuss.” Onaga responded, “Although the chief cabinet secretary repeatedly used...

 

Fans cheer stars on the red carpet at Okinawa International Movie Festival

Fans cheer stars on the red carpet at Okinawa International Movie Festival

March 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 25, the 7th Okinawa International Movie Festival, “Laugh & Peace” opened at the Tropical Beach in Ginowan.

Appearing on the red carpet, marking the festival’s opening, were Okinawan comedy duo Garage Sale, other comedians, idols, actors...

US military returns 51-hectare housing area at Camp Zukeran

US military returns 51-hectare housing area at Camp Zukeran

April 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 31, the U.S. military returned to Japan a 51-hectare housing area at Camp Zukeran (West Futenma Housing area) in Ginowan. This is part of a 2013 agreement between the governments of the two countries to reduce the U.S. military presence south of Kadena airbase....

Iriomote residents conduct night patrols to protect wild cat

Iriomote residents conduct night patrols to protect wild cat

March 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Save Iriomote wild cats from traffic accidents – five couples are involved in a project called the “Yamaneko Patrol,” on roads around Taketomi Town, Iriomote Island where many wild cats have been seen. Twenty-nine-year old Mirai Hirai who came...

Henoko protester arrested

Henoko protester arrested

March 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A man has been arrested in front of the main gate at Camp Schwab in Henoko. It happened on the morning of March 31. He was part of a protest against construction work at the base and was arrested for obstructing officers in the course of their duty. He was taken...

100 assembly members set up organization to block construction of new US base in Henoko

100 assembly members set up organization to block construction of new US base in Henoko

March 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 100 members of Okinawa’s local municipal assemblies and the Diet have set up an organization to work towards blocking construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. They have agreed to work together to stop the Futenma relocation plan.

They are...

Villagers hold memorial service on Zamami Island marking 70 years since forced mass suicide

Villagers hold memorial service on Zamami Island marking 70 years since forced mass suicide

March 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 26, 1945, U.S. forces landed on the Kerama Islands, beginning the ground war in Okinawa. To mark the seventieth anniversary since that day, the Zamami Village Office held a memorial service at the tower of peace. About 100 people, including survivors and...

US shows a copy of the Ryukyu-US Treaty and letters by Commodore Perry

US shows a copy of the Ryukyu-US Treaty and letters by Commodore Perry

March 21, 2015 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On March 20, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration showed an original copy of the Ryukyu-U.S. Treaty of Amity signed by the Ryukyu Kingdom and the United States on July 11, 1854 to the Ryukyu Shimpo....

Nago citizens appeal to UN to stop new US base construction

Nago citizens appeal to UN to stop new US base construction

March 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Zenzi Nina, the head of the Teima district of Nago, and Fujiko Matsuda, president of the Association of Residents of the Districts North of Futami Opposed to the Construction of a New Base at Henoko, Oura Bay, held a press conference at the correspondents club at...

Japan suspended Okinawa’s order to halt Henoko reclamation work: Governor Onaga doubts its validity

Japan suspended Okinawa's order to halt Henoko reclamation work: Governor Onaga doubts its validity

March 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga urged the Okinawa Defense Bureau to halt offshore construction activity towards the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. This includes an order to stop the marine boring survey. However,...

Okinawa Governor Onaga to visit China for economic promotion

March 25 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is considering visiting China as one of delegates of the Association for the Promotion of International Trade Japan, in the middle of April. The association’s members plan to meet senior officials of the Chinese government. Onaga...

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