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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 intervention from any other country, gave themselves the ability to have free use of military bases. The U.S., ignoring the basic human rights of Okinawan citizens came with “bayonets and bulldozers,”...


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...

Editorial: Claim at U.S.-Japan summit meeting that “Henoko is the only solution” is unacceptable

February 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the summit meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump, the two confirmed that they will proceed with the construction of a new base in conjunction with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago on the...

Editorial: Henoko construction will cause irreparable damage to the sea environment; prefectural government must take action

February 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government has started work in the ocean for the new Henoko base in preparation for large-scale land reclamation.

This outrageous behavior tramples on Okinawans’ overwhelming opposition to the construction, expressed in countless elections and opinion...

Editorial: With U.S. trip, governor needs strategy for breakthrough on new base issue

January 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Takeshi Onaga has departed for his third trip to the United States since taking office. He will visit Congress members and think tanks that have influence on the new Trump administration and call for abandonment of the plan to build a new base in conjunction...

Editorial: Return of Northern Training Area land will not reduce burden; people’s power must resist oppression

December 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

For whose sake is the land being returned? The return can only be declared a deceptive farce devised by the U.S. military and the Abe administration.

At the ceremony celebrating the return of more than half of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area,...

Editorial: Osprey crash – US Marine Corps has no choice but to leave and land return ceremony should be canceled

December 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

As long as these dangerous and eerie-grey-colored aircrafts continue to fly, it would be no surprise if they eventually crashed somewhere. It has become all the more clear what needs to be done in order to protect the lives and dignity of Okinawans and to prevent...

Editorial: Expected loss of Henoko lawsuit indicates denial of local autonomy and democracy

December 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The courts lose any semblance of justice when they trample on democracy and local autonomy. The Supreme Court is about to make a decision that toes the government line and leaves a scar in history.

Okinawa Prefecture is expected to lose the illegality...