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Okinawa Governor Onaga criticizes forcible passage of security bills in Lower House

July 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

With controversial security bills being forced through the Lower House, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has given a severe critique of the Japanese government. Onaga said, “It is extremely disappointing the bills were passed forcibly while it should have been discussed thoroughly. The attitude of a government that aggressively pushes forward important legislation without citizens’ understanding cannot be easily accepted.”

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Hayao Miyazaki tells reporters he will do everything he can to prevent Henoko base construction

Hayao Miyazaki tells reporters he will do everything he can to prevent Henoko base construction

July 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, Hayao Miyazaki, anime film director and joint representative of the Henoko Fund, established with the aim of preventing the construction of a new military base in Nago City’s Henoko district, gave a press conference for reporters affiliated with the...

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks its first year, reaches critical stage

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks its first year, reaches critical stage

July 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 7, a sit-in protest in front of the gate of Camp Schwab has reached one year since the start of action to block construction of a new U.S. base at Henoko, Nago. The governments of the United States and Japan plan to build an air-field to replace U.S. Marine...

At Okinawa witness hearing, two oppose security legislation; two support it but call for cautious deliberation

At Okinawa witness hearing, two oppose security legislation; two support it but call for cautious deliberation

July 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a hearing on July 6 at the Pacific Hotel Okinawa in Naha, five witnesses chosen by each of Japan’s major political parties testified before the House of Representatives Peace and Security Legislation Special Committee. The committee deliberates on national security...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly to protest LDP members’ attack on local newspapers

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly to protest LDP members’ attack on local newspapers

July 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting, in which members advocated punishing news media, including two major Okinawan newspapers. On July 2, in the afternoon, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly members resolved to...

Defense Minister announces Henoko drilling survey deadline to be extended to end of September

June 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference following a cabinet meeting on June 30, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced that the deadline for completing the drilling survey being carried out in preparation for the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko, Nago City would be extended...

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, at the ongoing regular June session of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, Governor Takeshi Onaga described the soul of Okinawa as “living with pride, honoring the hard work and struggles of our ancestors, and wishing that our children and grandchildren...

Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Times issue joint protest statement over Hyakuta remarks

June 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Novelist Naoki Hyakuta’s claim that the two newspapers of Okinawa should be shut down is an example of suppression of free speech; media will only be allowed to report on what meets the intentions of the administration. These are absurd remarks that deny the...

Novelist Hyakuta attacks Okinawan media at LDP’s meeting; “The two newspapers of Okinawa should be shut down.”

June 26, 2015 compiled from reports of Ryukyu Shimpo and Kyodo News

About 40 young Liberal-Democratic Party lawmakers close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a study session to promote revising the Constitution on June 25 at the party headquarters.

A lawmaker who took part in the meeting...

Okinawa Governor Onaga’s speech planned at UN

June 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shima Gurumi Association plans to arrange for Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga to deliver a speech at the United Nations (UN) as part of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism(IMADR). The speech would be aimed at preventing...

Stone found near Henoko is likely to be from Ryukyu Kingdom era

June 16, 2015 Yoko Tabuki of Ryukyu Shimpo

An anchor-like stone found inside Camp Schwab near the site of a planned relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is likely to be from the Ryukyu Kingdom era, according to an expert.

The city of Nago has been preparing for archaeological...

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