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Text of Governor Onaga’s UN speech opposing new base sent to 151 ambassadors and consuls in Japan

November 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, the Okinawa prefectural government sent the text of Governor Onaga’s Speech at the United Nations to ambassadors and honorary consuls from 151 countries and regions based at embassies and consulates in Tokyo. The speech regards the construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago and was given by Governor Takeshi Onaga at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland in September.

The Japanese government has...

 

All-Okinawa Council to send delegation to US on November 15 to express Okinawan opposition to new base

All-Okinawa Council to send delegation to US on November 15 to express Okinawan opposition to new base

November 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of November 12, at a hall in Naha, the All-Okinawa Council or Shimagurumi-kaigi, a group that “aims to realize the goals of the 2013 ‘Kempakusho’ statement and open up a new future for Okinawa,” held a ceremony to officially announce...

“All-Okinawa Convention” to be held at the end of the month as part of efforts to prevent new base construction

“All-Okinawa Convention” to be held at the end of the month as part of efforts to prevent new base construction

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 3, representatives of prefectural assembly governing parties, civic groups, and the business community held a meeting at the prefectural headquarters of the Workers Union in Izumizaki, Naha to establish a new organization aimed at stopping the construction...

Naha City makes Honolulu Mayor an Honorary Citizen

Naha City makes Honolulu Mayor an Honorary Citizen

November 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha City selected Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to be international goodwill honorary citizen on November 4.

Honolulu City in Hawaii, the United States, has a sister-city relationship with Naha City. At an award ceremony held at the City Council Main Meeting...

Editorial: Deployment of Tokyo riot police threatens human rights and must be stopped

November 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Unjustified oppression of non-violent protest activity is not acceptable. The government must put an immediate stop to excessive security measures threatening the human rights of citizens.

For the first time, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has...

Tokyo riot police join security at Camp Schwab; protester arrested in scuffle

Tokyo riot police join security at Camp Schwab; protester arrested in scuffle

November 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4, more than 100 riot police officers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department joined security in front of the Camp Schwab gate as the protest against relocating Futenma Air Station’s to Henoko intensifies. It is the first time a riot police...

Okinawa Governor rejects national government’s calls for a retraction of his withdrawal of base landfill approval

Okinawa Governor rejects national government’s calls for a retraction of his withdrawal of base landfill approval

November 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 6, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga sent a document to the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii, conveying his rejection of the national government’s recommendation that he retract his revocation of the landfill...

Gov. Onaga’s wife takes part in sit-in to protest new US base in Henoko

Gov. Onaga's wife takes part in sit-in to protest new US base in Henoko

November 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s wife Mikiko encouraged citizens who are maintaining a sit-in protest in front of the gate of Camp Schwab as part of efforts to block construction of new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago.

Mikiko visited Henoko...

Discarded dog becomes snake hunter

Discarded dog becomes snake hunter

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Discarded dog Hatchy is now famous as a habu snake hunter in Uruma. One day, the dog smelled the scent of a coiled poisonous Habu snake on the street and saved the owner Tsugumitsu Toma. Toma and Hatchy regularly take walks near Uruma City’s Katsuren office...

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An old procession from the days of Ryukyu dynasty was held in and around the Shuri-jo Castle Park on January 3, the last day of the 2015 Shuri Castle Festival.

About 250 people dressed in old traditional costumes, with two people playing the roles of king...

Nansei Sekiyu workers concerned over their future employment: seek assurances from company

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Employees of Nansei Sekiyu, which is led by CEO Lincoln Shiodiro Ishikawa and located in Nishihara, have shared their concerns over employment security from April 2016. The company has not shown any guarantee of employment support, including suggesting retirement...

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