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US air base construction: Onaga critical of government’s refusal to hear Okinawan concerns

US air base construction: Onaga  critical of government’s refusal to hear Okinawan concerns

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 29, the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Bureau began construction for the planned relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. On the same day, Governor Takeshi Onaga held a news conference at the prefectural office building, where he expressed his outrage at the government’s decision to forcefully begin construction before a final legal decision has been made regarding his revocation of the land reclamation permit. He also...

 

Government blocks Okinawa Governor’s revocation of Henoko landfill

October 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a Cabinet meeting held on October 27, the national government decided to demand Okinawa Prefectural Government retract its revocation of landfill in Henoko, Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station...

Eighty-six-year-old Fumiko Shimabukuro takes a stand in front of Camp Schwab

Eighty-six-year-old Fumiko Shimabukuro takes a stand in front of Camp Schwab

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 29, the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Bureau officers entered U.S. Marine Camp Schwab with construction vehicles for land reclamation and building the new base in Henoko, Nago. Eighty-six-year-old Fumiko Shimabukuro, continuing protest activities against...

[Extra] Government takes step towards building new US base in Henoko amid protest


October 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 8 a.m. on...

Karate Day: Over 2,000 people including children perform in Naha

Karate Day: Over 2,000 people including children perform in Naha

October 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 25, in commemoration of Karate Day, which highlights that Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate, events were held at a square in front of Tenbus-kan Hall and in Kokusai Street.

The Okinawa...

Strong opposition against temporary deployments of US Air National Guard F-16 squadrons to Kadena

Strong opposition against temporary deployments of US Air National Guard F-16 squadrons to Kadena

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Five F-16 fighters belonging to the 125th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron located at Tulsa Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma landed at Kadena U.S. Air Base on October 22. According to the U.S. Air Force, 12 F-16 fighters will be deployed temporarily to Kadena...

18 organizations light candles in Osaka to support Governor’s revocation of landfill permit

18 organizations light candles in Osaka to support Governor’s revocation of landfill permit

October 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of October 20, “Stop! Henoko New Base Construction! Osaka Action,” a group made up of 18 citizens’ organizations working on the Okinawa base issue in Japan’s Kansai region, held a candlelight vigil in front of JR Osaka Station to show their...

Record number of tourist visits to Okinawa in 2015 high season

October 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 20, Okinawa’s prefectural government publicized the number of tourists to visit the prefecture in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year (April – September). The number reached a record high of 4,093,000, exceeding the number of tourists during...

Shimagurumi delegation to visit US, tell US congress members about governor’s revocation of Henoko landfill

Shimagurumi delegation to visit US, tell US congress members about governor’s revocation of Henoko landfill

October 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Now that Governor Takeshi Onaga has revoked authorization for the land reclamation needed to proceed with the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, it has been decided that on November 15, members of the “Island-Wide...

The World’s most tremendous Great Tug of War in Naha

The World’s most tremendous Great Tug of War in Naha

October 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 45th the Naha Tug of War was held at Kumoji intersection of Route 58 in Naha on October 11. About 275,000 people took part in the event.

The rope used in the tug of war is 200 meters long and weighs about 43 tons, and is recorded in the Guinness World...

Shimauta singer Kazufumi Miyazawa to teach at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts

Shimauta singer Kazufumi Miyazawa to teach at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts

October 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Singer and songwriter Kazufumi Miyazawa, a member of former Japanese rock band The Boom, will become a lecturer at the music department of Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts in April 2016. This was revealed at a lecture presented at the university on October...

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