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Anti-base maritime protest group wins human rights award

Anti-base maritime protest group wins human rights award

November 22, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The “33rd Tada Yoko Anti-Authority Human Rights Award,” which is bestowed on individuals and organizations for battling political authorities and protecting human rights, was awarded to the “Helipad opposition maritime team,” who have been protesting the new base construction in Henoko, which is part of the relocation of MCAS Futenma. The award’s financial steering committee announced the award on their homepage on November 16.

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At Okinawa zoo, white lions Seramu and Rhythm take their love story to the next level

At Okinawa zoo, white lions Seramu and Rhythm take their love story to the next level

November 18, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

White lions Seramu (4-year-old male) and Rhythm (3-year-old female) are spending more time together with the goal of breeding at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum (Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni) in Okinawa City. Visitors can watch the couple hang out...

YouTuber rallies over 300 people to help clear pumice stone from Shinzato Fishing Port “It is something we can accomplish together”

YouTuber rallies over 300 people to help clear pumice stone from Shinzato Fishing Port “It is something we can accomplish together”

November 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Motobu – A crowd of people gathered November 14 at Shinzato Fishing Port in Motobu, where a large amount of pumice stone has floated into the harbor, and got to work helping with the effort to remove it. The crowd was rallied by Okinawa resident...

U.S. Marine Corps conducts suspension training at Futenma, unusually near to urban areas

U.S. Marine Corps conducts suspension training at Futenma, unusually near to urban areas

November 19, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 18 at the Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City, Okinawa, suspension training was conducted using an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft from the air station. The training involved a rectangluar, cage-like object...

Counselor Toyama speaks at support association meeting, demands compensation for victims of asbestos exposure on U.S. military bases

Counselor Toyama speaks at support association meeting, demands compensation for victims of asbestos exposure on U.S. military bases

November 18, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Chatan – On November 17, a general meeting of an association that supports individuals and family members of individuals who have been exposed to asbestos as a result of the U.S. military presence in Okinawa was held at the Chatan Chamber of Commerce...

Miyakojima residents voice sense of danger, call for the removal of missiles claiming they are an “obstacle to peace”

Miyakojima residents voice sense of danger, call for the removal of missiles claiming they are an “obstacle to peace”

November 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) transported surface-to-air and surface-to-ship missiles November 14 from the Miyakojima Garrison over the water to the Bora Training Grounds. Under occasional heavy rain, Miyakojima residents rushed to Hirara Port and...

Umi wo Ageru wins Japan Booksellers’ Award for Nonfiction, Author Yoko Uema speaks of Okinawan challenges and hopes

Umi wo Ageru wins Japan Booksellers’ Award for Nonfiction, Author Yoko Uema speaks of Okinawan challenges and hopes

November 11, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 10, the winner of the 2021 Japan Booksellers’ Award for Nonfiction, which is organized jointly by Yahoo News and Hontai, was announced. Bookstore clerks throughout Japan vote on the winner, and this year, chose University of the Ryukyus...

15-year-old Okinawan Shuri Araki wins third place overall at international standup paddle board competition, marking a breakout performance for the young competitor

15-year-old Okinawan Shuri Araki wins third place overall at international standup paddle board competition, marking a breakout performance for the young competitor

November 12, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hideki Matsudo

 

Nago – The Carolina Cup, part of the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) 2021 world tour, took place November 6 and 7 in North Carolina. At the competition, 15-year-old Shuri Araki, a ninth-grader at Ryokufu...

Prehistoric Miyako people are a 100% DNA match with Jomon people, contrary to theory

Prehistoric Miyako people are a 100% DNA match with Jomon people, contrary to theory

November 12, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

 

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany led 42 researchers from various countries such as South Korea, China, the United States, Japan including Okinawa, concluding before November 11 that...

Kin Town Council requests investigation and countermeasures pertaining to PFAS in tap water

Kin Town Council requests investigation and countermeasures pertaining to PFAS in tap water

November 11, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 9, the Kin Town Council (chaired by Yoshimitsu Kakazu) opened an extraordinary session and unanimously passed a written opinion requesting an investigation into the cause and countermeasures pertaining to the problem of the levels of...

9,000-10,000-year-old bone fragments discovered in Okinawa thought to be missing link between Paleolithic and Kaizuka-era humans

9,000-10,000-year-old bone fragments discovered in Okinawa thought to be missing link between Paleolithic and Kaizuka-era humans

November 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Uruma Board of Education (BoE) announced November 8 that human remains dating back as far as 9,000-10,000 years was discovered at the Yabuchi Caves archeological site in Uruma. The remains appear to be skull fragments, are would be the oldest...