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Anger over anti-conspiracy law, citizens protest new Henoko base construction

Anger over anti-conspiracy law, citizens protest new Henoko base construction

June 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On June 15 around noon, more than 30 construction vehicles were seen intermittently entering the U.S. military Camp Schwab. These vehicles are for relocating the U.S. military Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City. About 100 citizens sat outside the gate and protested the new base construction. Participants also voiced their anger regarding the anti-conspiracy law that was passed that very morning. They said that the new law specifically targets...

 

In UN speech, Hiroji Yamashiro calls out Japanese government human rights violations in Okinawa

In UN speech, Hiroji Yamashiro calls out Japanese government human rights violations in Okinawa

June 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Geneva

On the afternoon of June 15 (around midnight JST), Okinawa Peace Movement Center Director Hiroji Yamashiro gave a statement before the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Yamashiro was arrested while engaging...

18,000 opposing Henoko base and conspiracy bill encircle Diet Building

18,000 opposing Henoko base and conspiracy bill encircle Diet Building

June 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The group Stop! Henoko Umetate (also known as Stop! Henoko Land Reclamation) held a National Diet Building encirclement protest on the afternoon of June 10, requesting that the Japanese government abandon new base construction in Henoko, Nago, and scrap the bill...

Kariyushi shirts allowed and jacket not required in lower-house plenary session

Kariyushi shirts allowed and jacket not required in lower-house plenary session

June 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Lower House Plenary session confirmed it will allow both male and female members to participate in meetings in kariyushi shirts and without a jacket during the Cool Business period in the summer. The decision was made during the board meeting on June 7. The dress...

The U.S. and Japanese governments agree on facilities improvement at Camp Schwab

June 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6 at the joint U.S.-Japan Commission, the U.S. and Japanese governments reaffirmed their agreement to improve 23 facilities in the U.S. military Camp Schwab, including communication buildings and welfare facilities.

On June 6 at the Japan-U.S. Joint...

MV-22 Osprey belonging to Futenma base makes emergency landing at Amami Airport without advance notification.

MV-22 Osprey belonging to Futenma base makes emergency landing at Amami Airport without advance notification.

June 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. Marine Corps Osprey made an emergency landing at Amami Airport, Kagoshima, at about 8:52 p.m. on June 10.

According to the local fire station, there were no reports of fire and injuries and no fire trucks or ambulances sent.

This Osprey aircraft,...

Former Okinawa Governor and Battle of Okinawa scholar Masahide Ota passes away

Former Okinawa Governor and Battle of Okinawa scholar Masahide Ota passes away

June 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota died at age 92 due to respiratory failure and pneumonia at a hospital in Naha City at 11:50 a.m. on June 12.

He experienced the raging battle of Okinawa as a member of “Tekketsu Kinnotai” or “Blood and...

Osprey from Futenma Air Station makes emergency landing at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield

Osprey from Futenma Air Station makes emergency landing at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield

June 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of June 6, a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Futenma Air Station made an emergency landing on the coral runway at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield. According to Ie Village office, no injuries or material damages have been...

Petition to make Dugongs the prefectural animal for Okinawa

Petition to make Dugongs the prefectural animal for Okinawa

June 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6, a petition to the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) was started in hopes of making Dugongs the prefectural animal for Okinawa. The petition is organized by seven people, including singers Tokiko Kato and Misako Kojya. The organizers hope to collect signatures...

Ryukyu indigo dye shortage threatens dye craftsmen

Ryukyu indigo dye shortage threatens dye craftsmen

June 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Maki Nagamine

A shortage of Ryukyu indigo, the dye favored for a number of traditional Okinawan dyeing techniques such as bashofu, miyakojofu, and Ryukyu-kasuri has cast a shadow over Okinawa’s artisan community. This is due to factors such as salt damage...

Governor Onaga announces lawsuit to demand national government obtain reef crushing permit for Henoko construction

Governor Onaga announces lawsuit to demand national government obtain reef crushing permit for Henoko construction

June 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of June 7, Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, and stated his intention to bring a lawsuit against the national government. The lawsuit will aim to put a stop to seawall construction work that the Okinawa...

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