Archive for December, 2018

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Awamori’s overseas development: Industry working together to expand exports, increase name recognition

December 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Taichi Hirayasu

 

A new plan is being put into action to increase the consumption of Ryukyu Awamori, which has seen a recent downward trend in consumption, by promoting exports.

In addition to the “Ryukyu Awamori Export Project,” a public-private venture to support increased sales channels for Awamori, distilleries and companies in Okinawa are working together to export the liquor abroad.

Challenges to foreign development...

 

“Isn’t Japan a law-governed country?” Henoko land reclamation sediment hauled amidst citizen protests

“Isn’t Japan a law-governed country?” Henoko land reclamation sediment hauled amidst citizen protests

 

December 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On December 6 at the construction site for the Futenma Replacement Facility in Henoko, Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau moves forward with hauling sediment from the Ryukyu Cement Co. pier in Awa, Nago City.

 

Hauling...

Editorial: U.S. scholars request base closure as new base construction goes against global trend

 

December 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Overseas Base Realignment and Closure Coalition (OBRACC), a group comprised of U.S. experts and former high-level public officials, recently released a letter to Congress calling for the closure of U.S. bases in Okinawa, Europe,...

U.S. coalition calls for closure of overseas U.S. bases in line with Okinawans’ wishes

 

December 1, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Special correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reports from Washington DC

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Two missing dugongs may substantiate OPG claim that Henoko construction harms environment

Two missing dugongs may substantiate OPG claim that Henoko construction harms environment

December 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Yuri Shimizu and Akira Manato

A dugong (specimen A) known to inhabit the waters off of Kayo near the construction site of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, has not been spotted in over two months. On November...

A Ginowan parents group from Midorigaoka call for the Okinawa base referendum to proceed, “Do not rob us of the right to vote”

A Ginowan parents group from Midorigaoka call for the Okinawa base referendum to proceed, “Do not rob us of the right to vote”

December 1, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Parents from Midorigoaka Preschool (Nodake, Ginowan), where last year an incident wherein a piece from a U.S. military helicopter fell and landed on the school occurred, have formed a group dubbed “Team Midorigaoka 1207” and released a statement...

Talks between Governor Tamaki and Prime Minister Abe end without reaching an agreement

Talks between Governor Tamaki and Prime Minister Abe end without reaching an agreement

November 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

In the afternoon of November 28, Governor Denny Tamaki met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister’s official residence to discuss the new base construction in Henoko, Nago City in association with the relocation of...

“Everyone helps each other” Natsuko Izena talks about barrier-free living regardless of disabilities

“Everyone helps each other” Natsuko Izena talks about barrier-free living regardless of disabilities

 

November 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 17 at Urasoe City Tedako Hall a forum was held for a project promoting a barrier-free, livable society regardless of disability.

Columnist Natsuko Izena gave a lecture themed, “What does it mean to help each other?”

Izena...

Henoko land reclamation expenses expected to reach 2.5 trillion yen

Henoko land reclamation expenses expected to reach 2.5 trillion yen

 

November 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa...

Governor Tamaki announces February 24 prefectural referendum, encourages participation

Governor Tamaki announces February 24 prefectural referendum, encourages participation

November 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On November 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the Prefectural Office, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki made an official announcement about the prefectural referendum that will ask Okinawans whether they support or oppose the Futenma replacement facility...

Former prime minister Hatoyama encourages Governor Tamaki to block Henoko construction

Former prime minister Hatoyama encourages Governor Tamaki to block Henoko construction

 

November 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 22 for the first time since taking office, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki had an interview with former prime minister Yukio Hatoyama at the Prefectural Office.

In regard to construction of the Futenma Replacement...