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[Editorial] Forcing U.S. bases on Okinawa – Desist from eroding the very roots of the nation

January 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

“While they may be modest, we sincerely wish to lead everyday lives that are safe and secure.” So reads the concluding passage of the resolution adopted on January 22 at the Naha citizens rally held to seek the withdrawal of the Osprey aircraft currently deployed to Okinawa. This represents both the highest common denominator in a society and the minimum wish for its people. But have the feelings of the Okinawan people in general, and the citizens...


[Editorial]Okinawa should spearhead a global drive to promote peace

January 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The New Year is upon us. At the beginning of a year in which Japan marks the 68th anniversary of the end of the war, we would like to think about Japan following the path of a peaceful country. At the same time, we suggest that we look at the desired future for...

This is no longer an opposition movement but a prefecture in resistance, saying “No.”

This is no longer an opposition movement but a prefecture in resistance, saying

September 09, 2012 By Gavan McCormack

Great issues are at stake in the Osprey contest and the 5 August Meeting. After four decades of lying to, discriminating against, and betraying Okinawa, time and again, decade after decade, the governments of Japan and the United States now seem to have...

Okinawan people’s mass rally to reject Osprey deployment Protect the sanctity of human life and become a cornerstone of peace

September 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo 

For the people of Okinawa, today is the day of an historic mass rally. In this rally the young and the old, men and women and people of all walks of like will participate to express their opposition to the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and...

Eight years after August 13, 2004 U.S. helicopter crash

August 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

An unthinkable accident for peacetime Japan happened in Okinawa on August 13, 2004. A military helicopter operating out of U.S. Marine Corp Futenma Air Station lost control during a training exercise and crashed on the campus of Okinawa International University....

Tsushima-Maru survivor delivers lecture to elementary school pupils

Tsushima-Maru survivor delivers lecture to elementary school pupils

June 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12 at Nago Municipal Kube Elementary School, 79 year-old Keiko Taira spoke to a group of elementary school pupils about her experience as a survivor from the Tsushima-Maru, an unmarked Japanese passenger-cargo ship carrying hundreds of evacuated school children...

Japan-U.S. governments stick with the Henoko relocation – human rights of secondary importance?

February 9, 2012

On February 8, the Japanese and U.S. governments released a joint statement on revisions to the Realignment of U.S. Forces. The two governments agreed to put this in place ahead of the U.S. Marines’ transfer from Okinawa to Guam and separate from the current Futenma relocation...

New realignment plan for moving U.S. Marine to Guam will not be tolerated – the situation must not go from bad to worse

February 5, 2012

The governments of Japan and the United States have commenced consultation on the proposed revised plan in which the U.S. Department of Defense has suggested distributing some of the approximately 8000 U.S. Marines who were originally down to move from Okinawa to Guam to locations...

Japanese government should abandon the Futenma relocation plan

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The issue of the relocation and return of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa has reached a critical juncture.
In the United States, the Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed to cut the 150 million dollars tagged for the planned...

Pirate ship appears in a tree at Chubu Agricultural High School

Pirate ship appears in a tree at Chubu Agricultural High School

December 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine 12th grade students from the team recycle tree house in the landscape architecture course at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Agricultural High School completed a tree house in their schoolyard. This is the fourth one, finished at the end of November. It took about...

U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement needs to be revised for cases involving civilian employees of the military “on duty”

November 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese and the U.S. governments are discussing granting Japan jurisdiction in cases of crime or incidents involving civilian employees of U.S. military in Japan that have occurred “in the line of duty” when the United States authorities have difficulty...