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Ishigaki commemorates 20th anniversary of sister-city relationship with Su’ao, Taiwan

Ishigaki commemorates 20th anniversary of sister-city relationship with Su'ao, Taiwan

November 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki City and Su’ao Township in Yilan, Taiwan celebrated 20 years of sister-city relationship this year. On November 6, at Ishigaki Shinei Park, there was an unveiling ceremony for an inscribed monument with the kanji, or Chinese character, “yui”, which means bonding, to commemorate the history of the relationship. Officials attending the ceremony promised to continue to deepen the friendship and exchange.

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[Digital edition extra] Governor Onaga questions the state of local autonomy and democracy in Japan

December 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo digital edition

In the struggle over...

Japan formally asks Ishigaki Island to host JGSDF units

November 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Vice-Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya talked to Ishigaki mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama on November 26, and formally asked for the go-ahead to deploy units of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to Ishigaki island. In the meeting, Wakamiya said the Japanese...

4,500 protesters gather in Tokyo to block construction of new US base at Henoko

4,500 protesters gather in Tokyo to block construction of new US base at Henoko

November 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of November 29, about 4,500 people gathered in the Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, demanding that the government of Japan cancel construction of a new U.S. base at Henoko, Nago. The rally was held by civic groups and...

Japanese government responds positively to appeal for Okinawa war damages to be included in nationwide report

Japanese government responds positively to appeal for Okinawa war damages to be included in nationwide report

November 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

When the Japanese government’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications compiled their “Report of Nationwide [WWII] War Damages” from 1997 to 2009, the report left out any mention of damage suffered by Okinawa Prefecture. On the morning of November...

Greenpeace requests halt to Henoko relocation project at the Ministry of Defense

Greenpeace requests halt to Henoko relocation project at the Ministry of Defense

November 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Ministry of Defense on November 25, the international NGO Greenpeace Japan requested environmental protection in Henoko and Oura Bay, and a halt to construction of a relocation facility for U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma. The NGO submitted 28,759...

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