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Okinawa city celebrates population reaching 140000 people

Okinawa city celebrates population reaching 140000 people

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27, Okinawa city’s population reached 140,000 people. A ceremony to celebrate the milestone was held at Okinawa city municipal office on July 23. About 100 people, including residents, members of the city councils, City staff officers of and parents of six newborn babies who were registered on July 27, gathered at the municipal office for the ceremony.

Okinawa City Mayor Sachio Kuwae presented a certificate of population achievement, picture...

 

Construction of new base in Henoko constrained by prefectural ordinance concerning soil

November 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 1, an ordinance on invasive species within soil hauled from outside Okinawa was enforced for the land reclamation project in public waters. It requires the business operator to submit soil-and-sand transportation plans and take measures to ensure that...

Editorial: Now that Governor Onaga has filed an objection, the central government’s inconsistencies must be scrutinized

November 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism ordered a stay of execution of Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of the permit authorizing land reclamation in order to build a new base in Henoko as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air...

Henoko canoe protestors hustle against the construction again

Henoko canoe protestors hustle against the construction again

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizens opposing the construction of the new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago put their lives on the line to stop the offshore work towards the new base, which was restarted on October 29. Despite being detained by Coast Guard officers many times, protestors on canoes...

Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior arrives in Okinawa to support struggle against US base construction

Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior arrives in Okinawa to support struggle against US base construction

November 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace campaign ship, arrived at Naha New Port on November 1. The ship belonging to the international environmental organization is here to oppose construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago,
Together with local residents,...

[Extra] OPG lodges complaint regarding disputed landfill for new US base


November 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government...

Symposium on Ishigaki Island’s future, independence, base issues, and peace

Symposium on Ishigaki Island’s future, independence, base issues, and peace

October 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 24, in Ishigaki Citizen Hall, the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans (ACSILs) opened a symposium to address peace and Ryukyuan independence. A panel of officials from the Yaeyama Islands and Guam exchanged views...

Kenzaburo Oe and 23 other artists and intellectuals release statement supporting governor’s revocation of Henoko land reclamation permit

Kenzaburo Oe and 23 other artists and intellectuals release statement supporting governor’s revocation of Henoko land reclamation permit

October 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 26, twenty-four artists and intellectuals from around Japan, including Osaka City University professor emeritus Kenichi Miyamoto and Kenzaburo Oe, released a statement lauding Governor Takeshi Onaga’s decision to revoke authorization to reclaim land...

Communities celebrate Kajimaya with an autocade

Communities celebrate Kajimaya with an autocade

October 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of Kajimaya, an event held to honour 97 year-olds or “golden-agers”, autocades paraded through Yafuso on October 17 and Iso on October 18 in Urasoe City. Onlookers from the communities prayed for their own longevity.

Akira Chinen and Shotaro...

Farmers Concern Subsidy Reduction for Sugar Cane at TPP Meeting

Farmers Concern Subsidy Reduction for Sugar Cane at TPP Meeting

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sugar cane producers and agriculture-related institutions gathered at the Okinawa Times Building in Naha City on October 22 to learn about the Trans Pacific Partnership, which leaders are set to sign off on.

The Agriculture & Livestock Industries...

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