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Okinawa prefectural government designs pamphlets to dispel misinformation on US bases issues

Okinawa prefectural government designs pamphlets to dispel misinformation on US bases issues

April 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 10, the Okinawa prefectural government (OPG) finished producing question-and-answer format pamphlets presenting the problems at hand with U.S. military base issues in a way that is simple and easy-to-understand. Examples of misinformation and baseless allegations regarding Okinawa have been seen here and there, which is keeping resolutions to base issues at bay. The goal of the 40,000 pamphlets is to provide correct information. Most will be sent to...

 

“Money is temporary but sorrow continues for 200 years,” say citizens against new base construction in Henoko

April 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 10, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) conducted maritime work towards construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, which is part of the plan to move the U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan.

In front of the gate of Camp...

Nago’s GODAC reveals severe garbage problem in the deep sea, with a mannequin and sandals found at a depth of 6000 meters

Nago's GODAC reveals severe garbage problem in the deep sea, with a mannequin and sandals found at a depth of 6000 meters

April 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The International Ocean Environment Information Center (GODAC) located in Toyohara, Nago, released on April 3 a database including images and footage of deep-sea garbage (debris) in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) on its internet site.

The GODAC...

Report submitted to UN requesting return of Ryukyuan remains

April 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 6, the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans (ACSILs) disclosed that they had submitted to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights a report requesting that Japanese researchers return the remains...

High School students work to save the Ryukyu-inu breed of dogs from going extinct

High School students work to save the Ryukyu-inu breed of dogs from going extinct

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yo Kakazu

Five second year students from Chubu Norin High School, including Yuto Kamejima, 16, are taking on the challenge of preserving pure-bred “Ryukyu-inu” dogs, which are native to Okinawa, beginning in April. Due to the difficulties of breeding,...

Long lost father and daughter meet after 55 years

Long lost father and daughter meet after 55 years

April 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Fumiaki Jahana and Chota Takamine

On April 4, at a hotel in Okinawa City, Sally Rudd, 55, who lives in Brisbane, Australia met her father, Yoshinori Shimabukuro, 84, for the first time in 55 years. Rudd’s father, who is from Kumejima, Okinawa and now...

Sakima Prosthetics develops knee braces specifically for sports

Sakima Prosthetics develops knee braces specifically for sports

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

Sakima Prosthetics and Orthotics, which manufactures and sells prosthetics and orthotics, has developed “CB Brace CarBonee LightSports.” This joint brace is to be worn during exercise to prevent injuries and decrease the stress on knees. With...

Scientific discovery on crown-of-thorns starfish communication could alleviate coral damage

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University and an Australian research team sequenced the genomes of crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) that live in Okinawa and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The researchers also found that...

114 noise complaints filed to US military in Higashi

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Higashi village representative council’s regular meeting, it was announced that noise complaints filed against US military aircrafts went up to 114 cases between April 1, 2016 to March 14, 2017. This is twice the number of complaints in the previous year....

Editorial: Statement by ambassador for Okinawa sparks desire for cancellation of his post

April 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

One cannot infer if Kawada is aware of his own duties. It is incomprehensible that he would act and speak toward an Okinawa Prefectural Assembly representative in a narrow-minded and self-righteous manner.

In response to an Okinawa Prefectural Assembly representative’s...

Ex-governor Ota nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Ex-governor Ota nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

April 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masahide Ota, ex-governor of Okinawa, has been nominated as a candidate for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The, “Continuing the spirit of ‘life itself is treasure,’ bringing the Nobel Peace Prize to the Okinawan people who lay the foundation for peace,” executive...

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