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Shuri Castle main hall to be restored by 2026, according to schedule decided on at ministerial meeting

Shuri Castle main hall to be restored by 2026, according to schedule decided on at ministerial meeting

March 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of March 27, the government held a meeting of relevant ministers, headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, to discuss the restoration of Shuri Castle at the Prime Minister’s official residence. The members of the meeting drew up a schedule aiming to complete restoration of the burned-down main hall of Shuri Castle by 2026. The schedule also includes a plan to install sprinklers in order to prevent another devastating fire.

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Okinawan economic organizations come together to call for aid for business owners from Governor Tamaki amid coronavirus pandemic

Okinawan economic organizations come together to call for aid for business owners from Governor Tamaki amid coronavirus pandemic

March 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Representatives from 12 economic organizations in Okinawa gathered at the Okinawa Harbor View Hotel in Naha March 31 for a Committee of Okinawan Economic Organizations meeting (Denichiro Ishimine, chair), where they asked Governor Denny Tamaki to enact emergency...

Editorial: Expert panel calls for public discourse on base-issues

March 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

How should Henoko’s military base construction issue, stemming from the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, be addressed? An expert panel recently provided an answer to this question.

Okinawa prefecture previously formed the “Bankoku...

Editorial: 75 years after U.S. landing on Kerama, remember the past for a peaceful future

March 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Reject all things that beget war.

The tragedy that took the precious lives and wealth of Okinawans must not be forgotten, but passed on. We must renew this promise, to ensure peace in Okinawa.

The Battle of Okinawa began at the end of March in 1945,...

OPG loses lawsuit against Land Minister’s decision to cancel OPG’s revocation of land reclamation permission

OPG loses lawsuit against Land Minister’s decision to cancel OPG’s revocation of land reclamation permission

March 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago City as part of relocating MCAS Futenma, Okinawa’s lawsuit requesting cancellation of the Land Minister’s decision to cancel the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG)’s revocation...

Okinawa “5/15 Peace March” cancelled for first time to prevent spread of novel coronavirus

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March 25, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 25 the Okinawa Peace Movement Center (Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro) held an action committee meeting, at which it was decided that the 43rd 5/15 Peace March would be cancelled.

This is the first time the peace march has been cancelled. The rally, which...

Naha Airport’s Runway No. 2 open for use, first flight to land greeted by firehose arch

Naha Airport’s Runway No. 2 open for use, first flight to land greeted by firehose arch

March 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Airport’s No. 2 runway, built by filling in land off the coast, opened for use March 26.

The runway’s first arrival, a flight from Skymark Airlines, touched down at 8:05 a.m., and was greeted by a water arch provided by a pair of firetrucks on either...

Official history of Ryukyu Kingdom to be designated Important National Cultural Property

Official history of Ryukyu Kingdom to be designated Important National Cultural Property

March 19, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 19, Japan’s Council for Cultural Affairs made a recommendation to Koichi Hagiuda, the minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, to designate the official history books of the Ryukyu Kingdom—the Chuzan Seikan (six volumes), Chuzan...

Former members of referendum association meet, plan to ask prefectural government to re-revoke land reclamation permit

Former members of referendum association meet, plan to ask prefectural government to re-revoke land reclamation permit

March 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 21, former members of the “Henoko” Prefectural Referendum Association, who directly petitioned for the holding of the prefectural referendum in February 2019 on whether residents supported or opposed the land reclamation in Henoko, Nago as part of the...

Patrol unit formed after 2016 military incident “doesn’t target specific entity,” government says

Patrol unit formed after 2016 military incident “doesn’t target specific entity,” government says

March 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government formed the “Okinawa Regional Safety Patrol”, also known as “ao-pato” (literally: blue patrol), in response to the 2016 incident in which a U.S. military-civilian (a Marine Corps veteran) killed an Okinawan woman.

The aim of...

JTA to suspend 60 flight routes due to reduced demand during coronavirus pandemic

JTA to suspend 60 flight routes due to reduced demand during coronavirus pandemic

March 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan Transocean Air (JTA) announced their plan to suspend 60 flight routes from Naha, Fukuoka, Miyako, and Ishigaki from March 29 through April 5.

This decision was made due to reduced demand from passengers amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The...