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Okinawa Prefectural Government to team with OIST in coronavirus antibody survey

July 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 15, the Okinawa Chubu Central Hospital started collecting specimens for antibody surveys to be carried out by the Okinawa Prefectural Government in partnership with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) for a survey of the state of coronavirus infection in Okinawa. Upon obtaining the consent of patients arriving for emergency care, their blood will be tested for antibodies. The same will be carried out at the Public Kumejima Hospital....

 

Governor Tamaki requests U.S. military suspend transfer of personnel from the U.S. to Okinawa amid coronavirus outburst on U.S. bases

Governor Tamaki requests U.S. military suspend transfer of personnel from the U.S. to Okinawa amid coronavirus outburst on U.S. bases

July 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki visited the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), and the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on July 15, to compose an official request demanding the U.S. institute policies to thoroughly administer PCR...

Okinawa prefectural assembly unanimously passes resolution demanding report on coronavirus cases in U.S. military bases on the island, Okinawa’s governor’s office also demands stronger prevention measures

Okinawa prefectural assembly unanimously passes resolution demanding report on coronavirus cases in U.S. military bases on the island, Okinawa’s governor’s office also demands stronger prevention measures

July 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in...

Mega-float idea was not shared with Gov. Tamaki: “Conversation has gone back in time”

Mega-float idea was not shared with Gov. Tamaki: “Conversation has gone back in time”

July 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former Defense Minister Gen Nakatani of the Liberal Democratic Party shared his “mega-float” proposal with people close to Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki as an alternative plan to reclaiming land at the new base construction site in Henoko, Nago City, citing the...

Kadena city council passes protest resolution after fire in Kadena Air Base

Kadena city council passes protest resolution after fire in Kadena Air Base

July 3, 2020 by Ryukyu Shimpo

Kadena – The Kadena city council (Naoki Tokusato, council president) held an emergency session on July 2, where they unanimously passed an official statement and protest resolution against a fire that broke out in a hazardous materials facility in Kadena Air...

Research group finds that earthquake with seismic intensity of 1 may collapse Henoko seawalls

Research group finds that earthquake with seismic intensity of 1 may collapse Henoko seawalls

July 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 2 a research group on Henoko, Okinawa (representative Masaaki Tateishi, professor emeritus at Niigata University), which is independently inspecting Futenma Replacement Facility construction in Henoko, Nago City associated with the relocation of U.S. Futenma...

LDP heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba says Henoko relocation is “not the only solution”

LDP heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba says Henoko relocation is “not the only solution”

July 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo—Former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party spoke before a group of editorial writers from Kyodo News member newspapers on July 2. Ishiba commented on the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago...

Gov. Tamaki shares his mother’s words and lesson learned from WWII: ‘Life is precious’

Gov. Tamaki shares his mother’s words and lesson learned from WWII: ‘Life is precious’

June 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

During a regular meeting on June 26, a reporter asked Governor Denny Tamaki what lessons can be learned from the Battle of Okinawa, referencing the governor’s remarks during the Okinawa Memorial Day ceremony which was held on June 23. The Okinawa governor responded,...

OPG to form committee of civil engineers and other experts to look into opening 32nd Army underground trenches to the public

OPG to form committee of civil engineers and other experts to look into opening 32nd Army underground trenches to the public

June 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 26, Governor Denny Tamaki revealed a plan to form a new committee of experts this fiscal year to discuss the possibility of preserving and opening to the public the underground trenches built during the war under Shuri Castle and used as the headquarters...

Taiwanese city of Su’ao cancels their sister city event with Ishigaki due to Senkaku name change

Taiwanese city of Su’ao cancels their sister city event with Ishigaki due to Senkaku name change

June 25, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Wu Li Jun

Ishigaki’s decision to change the name of the Senkaku islands from “Tonoshiro” to “Tonoshiro Senkaku” has had an effect on their relationship with their sister city. Ishigaki and the city of Su’ao in Yinlan, Taiwan were on track to...

Okinawa survey results show 61% oppose Henoko relocation, 18% support Abe administration

Okinawa survey results show 61% oppose Henoko relocation, 18% support Abe administration

June 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 16 the Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV), and JX News Agency finished jointly conducting a prefectural opinion survey in which respondents were asked to assess the issue of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) contstruction in Henoko...