Archive for December, 2016

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Editorial: Expected loss of Henoko lawsuit indicates denial of local autonomy and democracy

December 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The courts lose any semblance of justice when they trample on democracy and local autonomy. The Supreme Court is about to make a decision that toes the government line and leaves a scar in history.

Okinawa Prefecture is expected to lose the illegality confirmation lawsuit brought by the national government against Okinawa regarding Governor Takeshi Onaga’s rescission of a permit to reclaim from the ocean in Henoko, Nago City. The Second Petty Bench...

 

Prefectural government’s loss in Henoko appeal imminent with December 20 decision date

December 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

In the case the Japanese government has brought against the Okinawa prefectural government regarding Governor Takeshi Onaga’s cancellation of approval to reclaim land in Henoko, the Supreme Court on December 12 set the decision date for December...

More than 100 send letter to US president asking for stop to Takae helipad construction

More than 100 send letter to US president asking for stop to Takae helipad construction

December 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On December 7, more than 100 Diet members, academics, artists, civil society groups and the like submitted an urgent open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama demanding a stop to the construction of helipads in Okinawa with disregard to the environmental...

Unjust oppressions are unacceptable: more than 500 people march during an emergency rally

Unjust oppressions are unacceptable: more than 500 people march during an emergency rally

December 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Protests against the construction of the new military base in Henoko of Nago City and the construction of a helipad in Takae of Higashi Village have been ongoing. One such protest, namely “The Emergency Rally Against Unjust Civilian Oppressions by the Abe Administration,”...

Motion for temporary injunction to suspend helipad construction rejected by Naha District Court

Motion for temporary injunction to suspend helipad construction rejected by Naha District Court

December 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the case 31 Takae residents brought against the Government of Japan concerning helipad construction in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA) spanning Higashi and Kunigami Villages, on December 6, the motion for a temporary injunction to suspend...

Director Isao Takahata makes appeal to (the President), requesting halt on Takae Helipad construction in open letter signed by over 100 people

Director Isao Takahata makes appeal to (the President), requesting halt on Takae Helipad construction in open letter signed by over 100 people

December 6 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the handover of the majority of land occupied by the U.S. military in the Northern Training Area (NTA) in Okinawa set to take place at the end of the month, over 100 people representing 27 groups including members of the Diet, scholars, celebrities, and citizens...

Iejima peace museum’s Jahana says Henoko, Takae and Iejima are one, still at war after 71 years

Iejima peace museum’s Jahana says Henoko, Takae and Iejima are one, still at war after 71 years

December 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ayako Sakaguchi

(Iejima) “Henoko, Takae, and Iejima—the three are all one. Anger and frustration continue every day. Even after the passage of 71 years, we are still at war.” On November 22, Etsuko Jahana, 78, director of the Iejima Anti-war...

Airstrip expansion and helipad construction at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield proceeding steadily

Airstrip expansion and helipad construction at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield proceeding steadily

December 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The expansion work on the airstrip simulating an LHD deck within Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield is steadily progressing. It is believed that this construction is in preparation for takeoff and landing training of state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighters , which are...

Editorial: Police investigating the Peace Center and supporting the base construction — unjust oppressions are unacceptable

December 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The police’s investigation is a form of oppression against the anti-base protests. Conducting a compulsory investigation of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center and arresting its Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro for the third time and detaining him for a long period is...

Second generation Okinawan Filipinos reunited with family members on “Homeland”

Second generation Okinawan Filipinos reunited with family members on “Homeland”

December 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three second-generation Japanese left behind in the Philippines in the war returned to Japan for the first time on December 1. The father of the three children is Taruji Fusato from Itoman City who died in 1990. His 78-year-old third daughter, Sarome Fumiko Fusato,...

Okinawa University makes deal for exchange program with Ho Chi Minh City University of Teacher Training

Okinawa University makes deal for exchange program with Ho Chi Minh City University of Teacher Training

November 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa University has made a deal with Ho Chi Minh City University of Teacher Training to promote an exchange program between Okinawa and Vietnam. A signing ceremony was held at the university on November 30. President of the Okinawa University Hiroshi Nakachi...

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