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U.S. military parachute training in Tsuken Island becoming a regular occurrence

U.S. military parachute training in Tsuken Island becoming a regular occurrence

July 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 7:20 p.m. on July 19, the U.S. Air Force conducted parachute training over the water in the Tsuken Jima Training Area in Uruma City. At two separate times, a total of six parachutes were seen descending from special mission aircraft Lockheed MC-130. Parachute trainings had been conducted three-months in a row starting this January, making this training the fourth one. In January, the training was conducted without Japan being notified, causing people from...

 

LDP’s Nikai brings up importance of the Okinawa problem with U.S. Congressman Thornberry

July 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reporting

On July 18 during LDP Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai’s visit to the United States, he had a discussion with Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) of the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services. In a press...

Japan’s largest coral reef has not recovered from previous years’ wide-scale bleaching

Japan’s largest coral reef has not recovered from previous years’ wide-scale bleaching

July 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of the Environment’s Naha Environment Bureau announced on July 20 the results of a June survey of 35 locations in the Sekisei shoko coral reef, Japan’s largest reef, located between Ishigaki and Iriomote islands in Okinawa. The results showed an...

Construction companies and prefectural police form council to eliminate organized crime from Schwab construction

Construction companies and prefectural police form council to eliminate organized crime from Schwab construction

July 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Nago) On July 19, with the aim of eliminating organized crime groups from the new base construction work at U.S. Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, representatives from Taisei Corporation, Penta-Ocean Construction Co. Ltd. and other construction companies contracted...

Palestinian doctor who visited Henoko says Okinawa is under occupation

Palestinian doctor who visited Henoko says Okinawa is under occupation

July 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 14, about 26 citizens gathered in front of the gate of the U.S. Marine Corp’s Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, where there is ongoing construction work towards a new base that is part of replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

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Photographer Azuma won the grand prize in Japan Portrait Photographer’s Association contest

Photographer Azuma won the grand prize in Japan Portrait Photographer’s Association contest

July 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shinji Sano

Photographer Kunisada Azuma from Nago City won the grand prize out of 100 entries in the 70th Japan Portrait Photographers Association (JPPA) Exhibition held on June 5. It is the second time the award has gone to an Okinawan in 19 years. The...

Hiroji Yamashiro reports back following June UN Human Rights Council statement

Hiroji Yamashiro reports back following June UN Human Rights Council statement

July 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 15, Chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro and others reported back about the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland in June, where Yamashiro delivered a statement. The All Okinawa Council for Human Rights hosted a debriefing...

Joseph Kamiya wants to carry the future of the Okinawa Association of America

Joseph Kamiya wants to carry the future of the Okinawa Association of America

July 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sadao Tome

Los Angeles – Joseph Yoshimasu Kamiya, 30, is the head of the Culture Committee at the Okinawa Association of America (OOA). The only son of OOA President Eddy Kamiya, Joseph Kamiya is a 4th generation Okinawan born in Los Angeles. The...

Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling advises extending scope of invasive species prevention

Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling advises extending scope of invasive species prevention

July 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, the nationwide liaison council Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling held a study meeting from the point of view of environmental conservation at the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly building in Naha City, where about 15 people were in attendance.

Advisor...

New Henoko base construction may destroy area’s coral reef

New Henoko base construction may destroy area’s coral reef

July 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, the Anti-Helicopter Base Council Diving Team Rainbow surveyed the coral reef at the bottom of the ocean near the tip of the K9 seawall. This is in response to the new base construction in Henoko, Nago City, or the relocation of the Futenma Air Station....

Akutagawa Award winner Naoki Matayoshi talks about writing that captures Okinawa’s atmosphere at the Ryukyu Forum

Akutagawa Award winner Naoki Matayoshi talks about writing that captures Okinawa’s atmosphere at the Ryukyu Forum

July 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The July meeting of the members-only lecture series “Ryukyu Forum” (Ryukyu Shimpo President Junichi Tomita, presiding) took place July 12, at the Hotel Roya Orion in Naha. Comedian and author Naoki Matayoshi lectured on the topic, “Me and Literature,” in...

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