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[Editorial]All four candidates opposing construction of a new base win the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election: declaration of intent against unreasonable U.S. base-hosting burden

December 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four candidates opposing construction of a new base have won the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election, in yet another clear statement of Okinawan people’s will. The winners are from the bipartisan forces that secured Takeshi Onaga’s post as governor, and oppose the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma within Okinawa. All four of the Liberal-Democratic Party’s candidates, who reneged on their pledges to move the...


[Editorial]New Okinawan governor: stop the construction of new U.S.military base

November 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Takeshi Onaga’s win in the Okinawa gubernatorial election has once again solidly demonstrated Okinawan people’s will against the construction of new U.S. base. The former Mayor of Naha Takeshi Onaga, 64, has re-stated his promise to oppose the plan...

[Editorial] Japanese coast guard officers should not use brute force against Henoko protesters

September 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Japanese coast guard officer has intimidated a man by pressing his hand against the man’s throat. Another twisted a woman’s arm.

Such acts of violence are taking place on a daily basis, on the sea surrounding Henoko in Nago .

We definitely...

[Editorial]Shimakutuba lesson is essential to the development of Okinawa Culture

September 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shimakutuba Liaison Council has made a petition to the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly seeking to enact a regulation on the protection of local languages. The liaison council wants to restore and inherit rights to protect Shimakutuba or Ryukyuan languages. The...

[Editorial] Abe administration signals future reign of terror in Henoko

August 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government is controlling the residents by force in Henoko, Nago. As far as we know, the government has never unleashed such reckless disregard of the will of the people, as we have seen at Henoko. The Ministry of Defense installed salvage barges in the sea...

[Editorial]10th anniversary of US chopper crash onto Okinawa International University: Marine Corps should be withdrawn from Okinawa

August 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

August 13 marked 10 years since a U.S. Marine CH-53D helicopter crashed into a building at Okinawa International University in Ginowan City. Currently, 24 MV-22 Osprey aircraft are stationed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma near the university. MV-22 vertical...

[Editorial]Treaties show that Japan’s annexation of the Ryukyu Kingdom was an unjustified act

July 12, 2014 Ryukyu shimpo

Three treaties, which were signed between the Ryukyu Kingdom and other countries about 160 years ago have provided a new perspective on the current state of Okinawa, its modern history and the hardships experienced by Okinawan people.

These treaties will...

[Editorial]The Supreme Court’s decision on Takae lawsuit is unjustifiable

June 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau filed a lawsuit against local residents who protested against the construction of U.S. military helipads in Takae, Higashi. The helipads are a condition of a partial return of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area. The bureau...

[Editorial]Mr. President: Do not smother democracy in Okinawa!

President Obama, we extend a hearty welcome to you. We welcome your visit to Japan and place our highest hopes in the outcome of the meeting...

[Editorial]Dear US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy: We want the US government to change its Futenma replacement policy and cancel Henoko landfill

Dear US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy

We sincerely welcome you to visit Okinawa. Japan and the United States have faced many challenges in negotiating on the areas of foreign, security, defense and economic policy. However, we hope that you as the US ambassador to Japan will exert your...

[Editorial]Anti-US base mayor re-elected: Japan and US should abandon Henoko plan

January 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the Nago mayoral election, the incumbent Susumu Inamine, who rejects moving U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago, won a landslide victory in his second term against Bunshin Suematsu, a former Okinawa prefectural assembly member who backs the...