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Historical Highlights of Okinawa’s Hardships, Debating Base Issues at UN Symposium

Historical Highlights of Okinawa's Hardships, Debating Base Issues at UN Symposium

September 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Geneva

On the morning of September 21, the symposium Militarization and Human Rights Violations in Okinawa opened at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Governor Onaga spoke first at the symposium for about 20 minutes, mentioning that Okinawa was once an independent nation before its annexation by Japan. Now, after the Battle of Okinawa that claimed 200,000 victims, looking back on the 70-year span...

 

Gov. Onaga gives speech at UN calling for stop to US Henoko base construction

Gov. Onaga gives speech at UN calling for stop to US Henoko base construction

September 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimp Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Geneva

On September 21, shortly after 5:00 p.m., Governor Takeshi Onaga gave a speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, speaking about the fact that Okinawans do not agree to the new base construction...

Okinawa Governor to make speech at UN as step to stop human rights violations

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will make speech at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland on September 21 and 22.

It will be the first time a prefectural governor from Japan has taken the stage. The speech is an opportunity for the governor to reveal the crises in Okinawa,...

Okinawa ranks No.1 in tourist satisfaction for seven consecutive years

Okinawa ranks No.1 in tourist satisfaction for seven consecutive years

September 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 7, the Jaran Research Center, a domestic tourism research institute operated by Recruit Life Style, released “The Jaran Travel Survey 2015.” Okinawa Prefecture has ranked the best in overall satisfaction level for seven years in...

[Extra] Gov. Onaga says he will revoke approval of landfill in Henoko

September 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has that...

Yoga practice at ruins of Chinen Castle

Yoga practice at ruins of Chinen Castle

September 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 29, a Yoga event, “Yoga in Amamikiyo”, was held at the ruins of Chinen Castle in Nanjo. Participants stretched in a relaxed manner, while being healed by the sounds of birdsong, and a breeze that rustled the trees around the ruins.

This...

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attracts 320,000 spectators

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attracts 320,000 spectators

September 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 60th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival, which is one of the largest Eisa events in Okinawa, was held at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City from September 4 to 6. Fifteen Eisa organizations from in and outside of Okinawa City, known as the “City of Eisa,”...

GPS shows sea turtle drifted from Saipan to Kunigami

GPS shows sea turtle drifted from Saipan to Kunigami

September 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A female green turtle, an endangered species, was found dead at Iji, Kunigami, after having laid eggs in Saipan. Sea turtles drifting 2,000 kilometers from Saipan to Japan is a rare event....

Immediately after Onaga inauguration, SDF Chief of Joint Staff Council “promised” Henoko to the US

Immediately after Onaga inauguration, SDF Chief of Joint Staff Council “promised” Henoko to the US

September 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

It recently came to light that on December 17-18 of last year, when Japan Self Defense Force Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Council Katsutoshi Kawano visited the United States, he spoke to U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Joseph Dunford regarding the planned relocation...

Etsuko Abe to raise awareness nationwide of soil issues related to Henoko landfill

Etsuko Abe to raise awareness nationwide of soil issues related to Henoko landfill

September 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Mizu Plaza in Omoromachi, Naha, Etsuko Abe, an interim co-representative of the nationwide liaison council Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling and co-representative of the Pan-Seto Inland Sea Congress, opened a meeting of the aforementioned...

3,800 protesters against new US base and new security laws gather in front of Camp Schwab

3,800 protesters against new US base and new security laws gather in front of  Camp Schwab

September 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 5, a rally demanding the cancellation of construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, the scrapping of a security bill and the resignation of the Abe administration was held in front of U.S. Marine Camp Schwab at Henoko, Nago.

According to...

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