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US military ignores local residents’ objections to parachute drop training in Uruma

US military ignores local residents’ objections to parachute drop training in Uruma

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 23 a little after 11:30 a.m., the U.S. Air Force conducted parachute drop training over the water at the Tsuken Island Training Area in Uruma City. The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) notified residents of Uruma City the day prior that there might be parachute training. Okinawans are protesting to have water training areas contained at Ie-jima, based in the Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) final report. Despite repeated protests, local...

 

Cat Day in Okinawa

Cat Day in Okinawa

February 22, 2017 Yoko Tabuki of Ryukyu Shimpo

February 22 is “Cat Day” in Japan. Naha City is home to “Community cats,” which are fed in Machiguwa or local shopping areas and streets. The city government plans to implement Trap Neuter Release/Return (TNR) of stray cats...

Don’t destroy the beautiful Henoko sea : 450 people protest against construction of new US base both on sea and land

Don’t destroy the beautiful Henoko sea : 450 people protest against construction of new US base both on sea and land

February 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of February 18, in Oura Bay, Nago, citizens protesting against new base construction associated with relocation of the U.S. Futenma airfield in Ginowan to Henoko, held a parade on the water using 10 ships and 22 canoes.

The parade on Oura...

Government starts building concrete plant at Henoko, Okinawa concerned it will be used for land reclamation

Government starts building concrete plant at Henoko, Okinawa concerned it will be used for land reclamation

February 18, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 17, it was discovered that the Okinawa Defense Bureau has begun construction of a ready-mix concrete plant (concrete manufacturing machinery) as part of construction it is doing on land at U.S. Camp Schwab of related facilities in conjunction with...

Irish national Frazer and Akita resident Suzuki win 25th Okinawa Marathon

Irish national Frazer and Akita resident Suzuki win 25th Okinawa Marathon

February 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On February 19 in the morning 35-year-old Irish national Thomas Frazer, who currently lives in Uruma City, won the men’s division of the full marathon with a time of 2 hours 27 minutes and 9 seconds. Thirty-two-year-old Eri Suzuki from Akita...

New Species Discovered in Oura Bay and Kin Bay, but Habitat in Danger from Base Construction

Febraury 21, 2017 (Original article July 23, 2016) by Ryukyu Shimpo

Assistant Professor Takuma Fujii from the Amami Station in Kagoshima University’s Research Center for the Pacific Islands and Associate Professor James Davis Reimer from the Ryukyu University’s Graduate School of Engineering...

American cruise ship to bring wealthy visitors from China to Okinawa

American cruise ship to bring wealthy visitors from China to Okinawa

February 15, 2017 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A cruise ship called “Sliver Shadow” (about 28,000 tons, 382 passengers) from American luxurious cruise company, Silversea Cruises, will dock at Okinawa ten times in May and April. The ship has previously called at Okinawa departing from...

Karate Kaikan due to open next month

Karate Kaikan due to open next month

February 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports in Okinawa announced the schedule of events for the opening of Okinawa Karate Kaikan on February 16. The kaikan will be open on March 4 in Tomigusuku City. There will be an inauguration ceremony and symposium on...

Six Okinawa diet members issue statement demanding immediate release of peace activist Yamashiro

Six Okinawa diet members issue statement demanding immediate release of peace activist Yamashiro

February 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference held on February 18 at Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, six diet members from Okinawa constituencies released a statement demanding the immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro, director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center. Yamashiro...

Editorial: Taking of Ryukyuan bones for anthropology must be investigated and their return debated

February 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Our ancestors’ bones were taken from the tombs where they slept, and have remained unreturned for more than 75 years. This is unacceptable even if they were allegedly taken for research purposes.

It has been discovered that bones of at least 26 people...

Removed during the early Showa Era, 26 Ryukyuan skeletons found at Kyoto University

Removed during the early Showa Era, 26 Ryukyuan skeletons found at Kyoto University

February 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Miyagi 

At least 26 sets of human skeletons, which had been removed from the Mumujana Grave in Unten of Nakijin Village by anthropological researchers during the early Showa Era, were found at Kyoto University. The skeletons had been preserved...

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