Ryukyu Shimpo wins Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award

Ryukyu Shimpo wins Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award

Winning the 15th Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award, a member of the editorial board, Tsuyoshi Arakaki, received the award certificate from the chancellor of Waseda University, Kaoru Kamata (left), in Tokyo on December 10.


December 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 11, a presentation ceremony of the 15th Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award was held in Tokyo. The Ryukyu Shimpo’s running story on the right of self-determination for Okinawa won the award in the Public Service division. Ryukyu Shimpo editorial board member Tsuyoshi Arakaki, who is in charge of the story, received the award certificate and commemorative medal from the chancellor of Waseda University, Kaoru Kamata.

At the ceremony, Kamata said, “I am glad the Ryukyu Shimpo’s winning of the award displayed what real journalism should be like in the Net age where everyone can send information.”

Reporter Satoshi Kamata, who was on the selection committee for the awards, said, “Okinawa has historically suffered from discrimination. However, the Ryukyu Shimpo’s award-winning story went back to the history of the Ryukyu Kingdom and discussed the right of self-determination, avoiding a victim mentality.”

Arakaki of the Ryukyu Shimpo said, “Since the ‘Ryukyu disposal in the Meiji era,’ Okinawa has been used as a ‘sacrificial stone’ by the Empire of Japan and went through the U.S. military administration after the war. I want the Japanese government not to treat Okinawa as their tool anymore.” Arakaki went on to say, “Putting an end to colonialism against Okinawa, all citizens of Japan can raise their voices on the right of self-determination, which could contribute to creating a better Japanese society. I would like to hold onto the spirit of ‘Newspaper Habu (Okinawan venomous snake),’ which has been the legacy of the Ryukyu Shimpo, and do my best.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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