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Editorial: PAC-3 deployments raise tensions when diplomatic efforts should be prioritized

February 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) deployments should not be permitted under the justification that they are meant to counter North Korea’s announced missile launch. The important thing in this situation is to make concentrated diplomatic efforts, not raise tensions.

In response to North Korea’s recent announcement that it will launch a long-range ballistic missile, Japan’s Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani issued an order to intercept the missile....


Editorial:Sakima’s reelection demands Futenma closure by 2019 deadline, not an acceptance of new base

January 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In yesterday’s election for mayor of Ginowan City, voters reelected the incumbent, pleased with his performance over the past four years and hoping he will continue to serve them well.

Throughout his campaign, the incumbent, Atsushi Sakima, avoided taking...

Futenma land return a mere 0.8%–calling for operations to be suspended within five years and all land returned in full

December 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese governments recently agreed on the return of two small slivers of land totaling 7 hectares, a mere 0.031% of the total 22,370 hectares of Okinawan land being used exclusively for U.S. military facilities. Is this really the “visible progress”...

Calling for justice in court: Governor Onaga’s statement counters base-related falsehoods

December 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

It was a moment that will go down in Okinawa’s history. Each and every one of the governor’s words was a perfect expression of Okinawans’ long-held sentiment.

Governor Takeshi Onaga appeared in court for the initial hearing in the execution by proxy...

Editorial: Thorough investigation into Cultural Properties at Camp Schwab under Protection Law

November 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education designated 17 pieces of earthenware and stone implements found on the shoreline within Camp Schwab as Cultural Properties. These items are somewhere between 800 and 2000 years old.

The pieces were discovered at...

Editorial: The marvelously non-violent sit-in at Camp Schwab lasts 500 consecutive days

November 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

How on earth does one measure the gravity of a single wish, pursued by many people together? On November 18, the sit-in protest in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, by citizens opposing construction of a new U.S. base reached its 500th consecutive...

Editorial: Deployment of Tokyo riot police threatens human rights and must be stopped

November 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Unjustified oppression of non-violent protest activity is not acceptable. The government must put an immediate stop to excessive security measures threatening the human rights of citizens.

For the first time, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has...

Editorial: Now that Governor Onaga has filed an objection, the central government’s inconsistencies must be scrutinized

November 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism ordered a stay of execution of Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of the permit authorizing land reclamation in order to build a new base in Henoko as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air...

Okinawa Governor to make speech at UN as step to stop human rights violations

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will make speech at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland on September 21 and 22.

It will be the first time a prefectural governor from Japan has taken the stage. The speech is an opportunity for the governor to reveal the crises in Okinawa,...

Editorial:While in the U.S. Gov. Onaga must show grit to block new base

May 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been necessary for Governors of Okinawa on a frequent basis to visit the United States. There are no other prefectures in this country enduring such hardships as are imposed on ours. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will travel to the United States today.


Editorial:Okinawa urges Obama and Abe to halt Henoko ‘injustice’

April 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is slated to meet President Barack Obama today, April 28, in Washington DC. They are expected to discuss the new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. We see action on that project being pushed forward in Okinawa by the Japanese and U.S. governments...

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