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Editorial: Removal of reporters in Takae violates freedom of the press

August 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

State power mercilessly suppresses protest activities carried out by citizens on the basis of freedom of thought and belief. At this moment in time, the only places in Japan where that is happening are Henoko, Nago City and Takae, Higashi Village.

It is the duty of the media to be at the scene to engrave, as history, sites where the maturity of the country’s democracy is being sharply questioned. Nonetheless, hard-line security measures, which include...


Editorial: Governor should declare opposition to resumption of Takae helipad construction

July 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The United States military and the government should cancel their plan to build helipads in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area near Takae in Higashi Village.

The construction of helipads to be used by Osprey will harm not only the living environment...

Editorial: Iha wins Upper House election, giving new weight to base opposition

July 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa will not be daunted by the hardline stance of the Abe administration. The election results are a sign of the indomitable resolve of the Okinawan people with a steady eye on the future.

Yoichi Iha, the non-party affiliated former mayor of Ginowan City,...

Editorial: IUCN proposed recommendation will add to international pressure to stop Henoko base

July 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The issue of alien species invasion feared to occur due to soil being brought in from other parts of Japan as part of the new Henoko base construction will be discussed at the General Assembly of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in September....

Editorial: In declaration, Governor Onaga calls for protection of human rights and peace

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In a peace declaration made at the June 23 memorial to mourn those who were sacrificed in the Battle of Okinawa, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga called on the Japanese and U.S. governments to reduce the U.S. Marine presence on Okinawa as a concrete measure to protect...

Editorial: Okinawans at mass rally protesting base employee incident say no to Marines and bases as their anger has surpassed tipping point

June 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

As long as there are bases in Okinawa, incidents perpetrated by the U.S. military and base employees that violate women’s human rights and put their lives in danger will continue to occur.

The anger and sadness of Okinawans can no longer be expressed in...

Editorial: Ruling parties successful in prefectural assembly election, popular opposition to Henoko relocation made clear once again

June 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The will of the people has been made clear once again. It is unacceptable for the Japanese government to continue to ignore and trample upon the Okinawan people’s will.

Okinawa’s twelfth prefectural assembly election drew nationwide attention, with people...

Editorial: Reality of “period of unity and mourning” is drunk US Navy sailor driving against traffic on national highway

June 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. Navy sailor stationed on Kadena Air Base was driving under the influence of alcohol and in the wrong direction along National Route 58 in Mizugama, Kadena Town, and crashed into two kei cars (small vehicles with specific tax benefits in Japan) successively,...

Editorial: Japanese government takes no initiative to negotiate SOFA amendment with US

May 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

It seems there is a problem surrounding the Abe administration’s insistence on exercising sole authority over diplomacy, as the U.S. continues to exercise its own authority over Japan’s sovereignty, and the lives of citizens residing around military bases continue...

Editorial: At summit, U.S. and Japanese heads of state showed no will to prevent crime

May 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Partial responsibility for the recent murder of an Okinawan woman by a former U.S. Marine and current U.S. military employee belongs to U.S. President Barack Obama, as the commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who provides...

Editorial: Base closure only way to prevent future crimes

May 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yet another precious Okinawan life has been stolen away. Comments by a man associated with the U.S. military implies that he was involved. At the root of the problem is the role of the Japanese and U.S. governments, who force an overwhelming proportion of U.S. military...