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U.S. base worker should face up to his crime in court


November 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


The incident was a tragic one in which the life of a 20-year old woman with a bright future ahead of her was stolen away.

Although it is the right of the defendant, his exercise of the right to remain silent is difficult to accept.



A former U.S. Marine and then-military contractor, defendant Kenneth Franklin Shinzato (formerly Gadson) stands accused of murder and other crimes on the charge...


Marines should leave Okinawa after U.S. military helicopter goes up in flames in Takae


October 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


A CH-53 transport helicopter belonging to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma made an unplanned landing and then burst into flames on civilian land along route 70 in Higashi Village.

The nearest civilian homes were a mere 200...

Henoko construction should be halted to protect scarce coral from further destruction


October 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


A scarce type of coral has been discovered in the ocean area on the south side of Cape Henoko, where the Japanese government plans to do land reclamation for the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago City.

The Okinawa Defense...

After 2-plus-2 Conference, How long will Japan continue to be subservient?


August 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


It may be obvious, but the relationship between Japan and the U.S. is not equal; the imbalanced power relationship continues.

This once again became clear at the joint presentation and press conference for the “2-plus-2” ministerial...

With first memorial service for Okinawan POWs in Hawaii, Japan is obligated to collect remains of fallen

June 6, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

“The memorial service for Okinawan prisoners of war in Hawaii,” which honors the 12 Okinawans who were captured during the Battle of Okinawa, then taken to a prison camp in Hawaii where they died, was just held for the first time in Honolulu.

The twelve...

Editorial: Increasing support from the international community at the UNPFII

April 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) being held at the United Nations headquarters, a representative for the Asia region prepared a statement indicating that the construction of a new base in Okinawa is being pushed...

Editorial: We’ll exercise our right to self-determination

April 28, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The San Francisco Peace Treaty took effect on April 28, 1952, when Japan gained its independence, and when Okinawa, along with Amami and Ogasawara, were split from Japan.

In Article 3 of the Peace Treaty, the United States, with Japan’s consent and without...

Editorial: The Marines must withdraw to the continental U.S. after stray bullets found at Onna construction site

April 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

An accident which should never happen has happened in Onna. At the Afuso Dam construction site in the Camp Hansen Marine Corps base, damage that appears to have come from stray bullets was found in water tanks and the cars of dam workers.

When the stray bullets...

Editorial: Liberal Democratic Party of Okinawa should show the pride of Okinawan conservatives

April 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Liberal Democratic Party of Okinawa (Okinawa LDP) held its 48th annual convention and solidified its policy of “accepting” the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma to Henoko, Nago City. This represents a shift away from its previous...

Editorial: Statement by ambassador for Okinawa sparks desire for cancellation of his post

April 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

One cannot infer if Kawada is aware of his own duties. It is incomprehensible that he would act and speak toward an Okinawa Prefectural Assembly representative in a narrow-minded and self-righteous manner.

In response to an Okinawa Prefectural Assembly representative’s...

Editorial: Taking of Ryukyuan bones for anthropology must be investigated and their return debated

February 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Our ancestors’ bones were taken from the tombs where they slept, and have remained unreturned for more than 75 years. This is unacceptable even if they were allegedly taken for research purposes.

It has been discovered that bones of at least 26 people...