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Editorial: In the new year, step toward self-reliance together

January 1, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo


A new year is upon us. The year 2021 will be the time for Okinawa to decide its future direction, as the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese rule is nearing.

Fifty years ago, in November 1971, the Ryukyu government drew up a proposal for reintegration measures, which outlined how Okinawa should be after its return to Japan.

Chobyo Yara, who led the reversion movement, clearly stated in the proposal’s introduction...


Editorial: Prime Minister Suga’s first policy speech reveals incongruity between words and actions that needs rectification

October 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga gave his first policy speech at the Diet since taking office. Regarding Okinawa, he stated that he will “endeavor to reduce the base burden” and “steadfastly proceed with the construction for the Henoko relocation in order to...

Editorial: As prime minister announces resignation, we must return to a politics that honors the people’s will

August 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced his resignation. He was prime minister for seven years and eight months, since the inauguration of his second administration in December 2012. As his health worsened, he determined that it would be difficult to continue at...

Editorial: Do not permit infected U.S. troops to be quietly transported to Okinawa

August 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

During a mass outbreak of the novel coronavirus occurred on the U.S. Navy’s USS Theodore Roosevelt en route, the U.S. military considered a plan to transport about 3,000 crewmembers to U.S. military bases in Okinawa. The crew eventually disembarked in Guam, but...

Editorial: 16 years after university helicopter crash Futenma base should be closed unconditionally

August 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

August 13, 2020, marks 16 years from the day a CH-53D heavy-lift transport helicopter departed U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, crashed at Okinawa International University and burst into flames.

MCAS Futenma’s airfield continues to occupy the city’s...

Editorial: We must not concede to military use of Shimojishima Airport

August 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party National Defense Parliamentary Group saw many participants put forth the idea that the Self-Defense Forces should be allowed to use Shimojishima Airport in Miyakojima City for the purpose of strengthening defense of the...

Editorial: 13% of children live in poverty—stop the pandemic from exacerbating inequality

July 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the latest National Lifestyle Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the childhood poverty rate in Japan is at 13.5%, meaning one in seven children live in poverty. The result indicates no improvement was made since the previous...

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...

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...