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Editorial: Washington is concerned by Henoko plans—Tokyo should stop wasting time and taxpayer money

June 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Doubts about the feasibility of relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago City, has spread to the U.S.

The Readiness Subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee has passed its portion of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, and for the first time, concerns about the soft seabed and active earthquake fault lines present at the planned construction site in Henoko was addressed in the bill. The committee...


Editorial: We must pass down war experiences and build peace 75 years after Battle of Okinawa

June 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventy-five years have passed since the Battle of Okinawa, which took many precious Okinawan lives and destroyed the unique culture created by our forefathers. On this Okinawa Memorial Day, we want to inherit the experiences of the Battle of Okinawa with the testimony...

Editorial:Governor-supporting parties’ win of majority of seats shows popular will against new base

June 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Following the election for the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (48 members) at the expiry of assembly members’ terms, members of parties supporting Governor Denny Tamaki hold 25 seats in the assembly. This is two fewer than after the previous election under the Onaga...

Editorial: Safeguarding democracy in a pandemic surveillance state

May 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Is intolerance plaguing our society as we become engulfed in the crisis brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic? The increasing downplaying of our freedom and rising social pressure is alarming.

Prefectures have requested businesses to shut down and urged...

Editorial: After discovery of carcinogenic fire-extinguishing foam discovered outside of U.S. base, use of harmful chemicals must be eliminated immediately

April 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fire-extinguishing foam containing PFOS, a type of carcinogenic organic fluorine compound, was discovered to have escaped outside of MCAS Futenma and onto the streets of Ginowan, polluting the rivers and falling on the streets in residential neighborhoods. This...

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,...

Editorial: After U.S. helicopter crash off Okinawa Island, Japan and U.S. should stop joint exercises and work to uncover the cause

January 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

How many accidents will it take before we see real “prevention of reoccurrence”?

On the afternoon of January 25, a U.S. military MH60 helicopter crashed in the sea roughly 174 kilometers to the east of Naha Airport.

This is the 51st crash since...

Editorial: Welcoming the New Year – Toward a Functioning Democracy

January 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

It is now 2020. We hope this year becomes one in which Okinawans demonstrate their autonomy and rebuild the extremely shaky foundations of democracy.

In the House of Representatives, the ruling party holds an absolute majority. It feels as though the National...

Editorial:With Henoko construction costs expected to reach 930 billion yen, land reclamation must be stopped at once

December 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense announced that new base construction at Henoko in Nago city would have an estimated total construction cost of around 930 billion yen, and would take approximately 12 years to complete. Due to soft ground conditions in Oura Bay spreading,...

Editorial: It has been one year since the start of land reclamation in Henoko. Japan should end construction Henoko and close MCAS Futenma

December 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Does the Japanese government consider Okinawans as Japanese? Their extreme arrogance fill us with these doubts.

December 14 marks one year since the government started reclaiming land along the coast of Henoko, with the goal of building new base facilities...

Editorial:Testu Nakamura Killed – Wishing to Carry on His Legacy of Nonviolence

December 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tetsu Nakamura, a physician and representative of Peshawar-kai in Afghanistan, was shot by an armed group and died. Peshawar-kai is a non-governmental organization working to aid Afghanistan’s recovery. Nakamura was a champion of nonviolence and worked endlessly...