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Editorial: All bases should be put on lockdown in light of 61 confirmed U.S. military coronavirus cases

July 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on U.S. military bases in Okinawa rose to 61 from July 7 to 11. July 11 saw 45 cases, nearly three times the number (16) the previous day. The Okinawa Prefectural Government assesses that clusters are occurring at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and Camp Hansen.

The problem is that the U.S. military, which is responsible for the matter, has not revealed records of actions by and profiles of those infected...

 

Protest sit-in against Henoko new base construction celebrates its seventh Tanabata holiday

Protest sit-in against Henoko new base construction celebrates its seventh Tanabata holiday

July 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Henoko reporting team) On July 6, citizens gathered in front of the gate to the U.S. military’s Camp Schwab to protest the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago, Okinawa as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The signboard showing...

LDP heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba says Henoko relocation is “not the only solution”

LDP heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba says Henoko relocation is “not the only solution”

July 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo—Former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party spoke before a group of editorial writers from Kyodo News member newspapers on July 2. Ishiba commented on the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago...

Okinawa is first in Japan to see end of rainy season

Okinawa is first in Japan to see end of rainy season

June 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced that the rainy season in Okinawa appears to be over. This is 11 days earlier than the end of rainy season in an average year (June 23) and 28 days earlier compared to last year, which was the latest end...

“The eggs are Okinawa’s pollock roe!” 76 year-old fisherman’s solo pursuit of in-season Hichiguwa

“The eggs are Okinawa’s pollock roe!” 76 year-old fisherman’s solo pursuit of in-season Hichiguwa

May 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
Text and Photography by Hiroyuki Takatsuji

“People used to call these the fisherman’s bonus, but no one spares them a second glance in this day and age,” says Yoshikatsu Yamashiro showing the fish he caught. Katsu, as his friends call him, is a suntanned...

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...

Peace education workshop for Nakagusuku Village K-12 faculty takes place at war site

Peace education workshop for Nakagusuku Village K-12 faculty takes place at war site

August 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Wakana Arakaki

On August 1, Okinawa Prefecture’s Nakagusuku Village Board of Education (BOE) held a Peace Education Workshop, which was intended for all faculty of public schools K-12 within the village.

While there are municipalities that hold workshops...

Ryukyu Blue Oceans: Okinawa’s first-ever pro baseball team

Ryukyu Blue Oceans: Okinawa’s first-ever pro baseball team

July 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

BASE Okinawa Baseball Club is forming Okinawa’s first professional baseball team, and intends to join the NPB, Nippon Professional Baseball Organization.

The club’s president, Taishi Kobayashi and Executive Advisor Yasushi Tao, held a press conference...

100th Anniversary of the 3/1 Korean Independence Movement and Okinawa

Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

“Here, our people demand that Japan and each nation of the world provide us an opportunity for self-determination. We hereby declare that if our demand is not met, we will attempt to achieve independence by taking free...

Drone restrictions reform could inhibit press freedom and citizens’ access to information

Drone restrictions reform could inhibit press freedom and citizens’ access to information

May 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Saki Yoshida

The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) is advancing construction, such as building seawalls and depositing soil, to entrench the “outer moats” of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF). Photographs taken from drones have become a precious...