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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 polls, and invites anger. Prior to the commencement of works, the prefectural government requested a detailed explanation of the work to be done, but the government unilaterally cut off discussions....


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...

Editorial: Police investigating the Peace Center and supporting the base construction — unjust oppressions are unacceptable

December 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The police’s investigation is a form of oppression against the anti-base protests. Conducting a compulsory investigation of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center and arresting its Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro for the third time and detaining him for a long period is...

Editorial: Government responsible for structural discrimination behind “dojin” remark

October 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area, where helipads are being built, a riot police officer from the Osaka Prefectural Police Department yelled out “dojin,” a derogatory term for “aboriginal,” at protesters opposing the helipad construction...

Editorial: Base contamination information disclosure must precede land return plan

October 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thorough decontamination of land used by the U.S. military must be carried out before it is returned. The Okinawa Defense Bureau has submitted a proposal plan for the return of roughly half of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area, but the fact that its...

Editorial: Talk of base burden reduction in PM Abe’s policy speech is a sham

September 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

If those imposing a burden intend to seriously think about reducing such burden, they must listen sufficiently to the opinions of the local people, and endeavor to realize a solution to the problems they experience.

Unilaterally forcing a “burden reduction”...

Editorial: The Government of Japan should abide by IUCN advisement regarding Henoko

September 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Six Japanese NGOs, including the Nature Conservation Society of Japan, jointly submitted a recommendation to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on how to deal with invasive species that will be introduced during construction of a new base...

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...