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600 people celebrate Okinawa Plaza opening in Hawaii

600 people celebrate Okinawa Plaza opening in Hawaii

 

September 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A commercial facility called Okinawa Plaza opened in Waipahu, Hawaii, as a new base for Okinawa-related acctivities.

The opening ceremony was held on September 3.

The plaza is located next to the Hawaii Okinawa Center, which is managed by the Hawaii United Okinawa Association.

The goal of the plaza is to use rent from the business operators in the plaza to maintain the center as well as to support Okinawa-related...

 

Okinawa, Taiwan, and South Korea to work together to promote cruises

Okinawa, Taiwan, and South Korea to work together to promote cruises

 

September 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 29, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), Keelung Port of Taiwan, and the Jeju Special Self-Government Province of South Korea concluded a memorandum regarding cruise promotions. The three parties will cooperate to take...

Group of Japanese experts from various fields release joint statement calling for the retraction of Henoko base construction plan

 

September 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The group for consideration of the Futenma/Henoko problem (represented by Osaka City University Professor Emeritus Kenichi Miyamoto) comprised of various experts in Japan released a joint statement at a press conference at the Diet...

Sakima and Tamaki officially announce their candidacies for Okinawa gubernatorial election

September 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The candidates for the 13th Okinawa gubernatorial election were announced September 13.

The election is happening ahead of schedule due to the untimely death of Governor Takeshi Onaga, who died while in office.

So far, four candidates...

133 activists including Noam Chomsky and Oliver Stone issue statement supporting revocation of land reclamation approval in Okinawa

133 activists including Noam Chomsky and Oliver Stone issue statement supporting revocation of land reclamation approval in Okinawa

September 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On September 7, 133 scholars and informed persons from around the world including the US, Canada and Australia signed and issued a statement in support of the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s revocation of the land reclamation...

Takeshi Onaga’s wife and son make donation aiming to break cycle of child poverty in Okinawa

Takeshi Onaga’s wife and son make donation aiming to break cycle of child poverty in Okinawa

September 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

The late Takeshi Onaga died on August 8 at the age of 67 while serving as governor of Okinawa.

On September 6 his widow, Mikiko, and their eldest son, Yuichiro, visited the Prefectural Office to make a return gift for all the...

Governor Onaga had prepared for death and concealed his cancer’s spread

Governor Onaga had prepared for death and concealed his cancer’s spread

 

September 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Mikiko Onaga, the wife of Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga who died suddenly on August 8 at the age of 67, had an interview of Ryukyu Shimpo at her home in Naha City on September 6. Mrs. Onaga said that right after Governor Onaga underwent...

Petition to hold referendum on Henoko construction submitted to Okinawan government with 92,848 signatures

September 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The “Henoko Okinawa Referendum Committee,” (Jinshiro Motoyama, representative), which...

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attendance reaches record high at 34,000 people

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attendance reaches record high at 34,000 people

 

September 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

September 2 was the final day of the 63rd Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival, which was held at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City.

Fourteen groups performed Eisa at the festival.

 

According to organizers, over...

JVC wins Okinawa Peace Award for providing agricultural and medical support in eleven countries

JVC wins Okinawa Peace Award for providing agricultural and medical support in eleven countries

August 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 27, Okinawa Prefecture announced that the ninth Okinawa Peace Award will be awarded to Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC), an international NGO based in Tokyo and headed by Takaki Imai.

The Okinawa Peace Award is presented...

Jeju Island hosts summit with Okinawa and Hawaii to discuss environmental protection

Jeju Island hosts summit with Okinawa and Hawaii to discuss environmental protection

 

August 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Yuri Shimizu reports from Jeju

 

On August 27 the governors of Okinawa, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province in South Korea, and Hawaii met together on Jeju Island for the first Global Green Island Summit (GGIS) forum...