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Riot squad sent to subdue Takae protesters similar in scale to that sent to eradicate yakuza gangsters

Riot squad sent to subdue Takae protesters similar in scale to that sent to eradicate yakuza gangsters

July 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

Approximately ten hours after the polls closed in the Upper House election, riot police formed a human wall in front of the main gate to the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area in Takae, Higashi Village, and materials relating to helipad construction started being carried in. After Liberal Democratic Party politicians lost every Diet seat representing Okinawa in both the upper and lower houses, the national government has started...

 

Governors establish council body for nationwide discussion of Okinawa base burden reduction

Governors establish council body for nationwide discussion of Okinawa base burden reduction

July 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 14, a meeting of the National Governors’ Association (NGA) Special Committee for General Strategies and Government Oversight opened in Tokyo. At the meeting, the Special Committee agreed to establish a council body to discuss reduction of Okinawa’s base...

Editorial: Governor should declare opposition to resumption of Takae helipad construction

July 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The United States military and the government should cancel their plan to build helipads in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area near Takae in Higashi Village.

The construction of helipads to be used by Osprey will harm not only the living environment...

Tensions between protesters and riot police mount over construction of U.S. Marine Corps helipads in Takae

Tensions between protesters and riot police mount over construction of U.S. Marine Corps helipads in Takae

July 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 6:00 a.m. on July 11, one night after the Upper House election ended, the Okinawa Defense Bureau re-started preparation work for construction of U.S. Marine Corps helipads in Takae, Higashi.

About 100 riot police and about 20 security guards employed by...

Iha ambitious for abandonment of Henoko Base project upon first-time election to House of Councillors

Iha ambitious for abandonment of Henoko Base project upon first-time election to House of Councillors

July 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 11, Ryukyu Shimpo invited former mayor of Ginowan City and newly elected independent to the Okinawa At-large district of the House of Councillors to the Ryukyu Shimpo head office, Yoichi Iha, to ask him about Futenma Air Station relocation and constitutional...

Okinawa karate shirts for sale internationally

Okinawa karate shirts for sale internationally

July 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

CHALLENGE Okinawa, which specializes in karate-related products and event production, together with T-shirt designing and production company Ryukyu Piras, have created an Okinawan karate-themed shirt. Shirts are being released in a limited quantity. The creators are...

Okinawa Churashima Foundation confirms humpback whale mate between January and February

Okinawa Churashima Foundation confirms humpback whale mate between January and February

July 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Churashima Foundation, a general incorporated foundation, in Motobu Town, has published findings from a 21-year research project about the reproductive cycles of humpback whales that visit the ocean around Okinawa. The study focused on the peak season of...

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks its second year

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks its second year

July 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 6, a sit-in protest in front of the gate of Camp Schwab marked two years since the start of action to block construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. The governments of the United States and Japan plan to build an airfield there to replace U.S. Marine...

Naha recognizes same-sex partnerships

Naha recognizes same-sex partnerships

July 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha City introduced a new system on July 8 officially recognizing same-sex partnerships and will begin issuing partnership certificates to same-sex couples. The system recognizes same-sex partnerships as almost equivalent to marriage in law, aiming to make Naha a...

Editorial: Iha wins Upper House election, giving new weight to base opposition

July 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa will not be daunted by the hardline stance of the Abe administration. The election results are a sign of the indomitable resolve of the Okinawan people with a steady eye on the future.

Yoichi Iha, the non-party affiliated former mayor of Ginowan City,...

Anti-US base at Henoko candidate Iha wins massive victory defeating state minister Shimajiri in Upper House election

Anti-US base at Henoko candidate Iha wins massive victory defeating state minister Shimajiri in Upper House election

July 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former Ginowan Mayor and independent new candidate Yoichi Iha, 64, won a seat for the first time in the Okinawa prefectural constituency in the July 10 Upper House election.

He beat the incumbent state minister for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs...

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