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Former Prime Minister Murayama supports ‘All-Okinawa’ movement

Former Prime Minister Murayama supports ‘All-Okinawa' movement

September 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Honorary chairman of Social Democratic Party Tomiichi Murayama was the Prime Minister when a massive protest rally was held on October 21, 1995, following the 1995 rape of 12-year-old by U.S. servicemen. In December of the same year, Murayama sued then Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota, who was refusing to renew leases for American base land. As a result, landowners were forced to renew their leases. Murayama has since given an interview to the Ryukyu Shimpo....

 

2,500 protesters gather in Okinawa as part of national action against new security bill

2,500 protesters gather in Okinawa as part of national action against new security bill

August 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of August 30, at the Yogi Park in Naha, a rally demanding the scrapping of a new security bill, the cancellation of construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, and the resignation of the Abe administration was held.
According to the organizer,...

Misako Koja and Ryuichi Sakamoto to co-produce song for Henoko Fund

Misako Koja and Ryuichi Sakamoto to co-produce song for Henoko Fund

August 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Folk singer Misako Koja has written lyrics for a song, “Undercooled,” which is originally composed by musician Ryuichi Sakamoto as part of a new album called, “Mirukuyugafu”, to be released on October 7. Koja’s group, Unaigumi, sings...

Johan Galtung, ‘the father of peace studies’, says prime minister misused the term “proactive peace”

Johan Galtung, ‘the father of peace studies’, says prime minister misused the term “proactive peace”

August 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 22, Johan Galtung, world-renowned as ‘the father of peace studies’, came to Okinawa to speak at a symposium at Urasoe’s Tedako Hall, hosted by the Ryukyu Shimpo and New Diplomacy Initiative, titled, “70 Years After World War II, Galtung Speaks...

Overseas intellectuals publish statement urging Governor Onaga to revoke his predecessor’s approval of Henoko landfill

August 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington D.C.

Seventy-four prominent intellectuals from the United States, Australia and other countries published a joint statement urging Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga to cancel his predecessor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval...

UN special rapporteur meets Okinawa Governor: Okinawa a case of discrimination

UN special rapporteur meets Okinawa Governor: Okinawa a case of discrimination

August 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

United Nations Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli Corpuz, who reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly UNGA, met Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Office around 9 a.m. on August 17. Corpuz said that she views...

Director of US peace organization visits Okinawa

Director of US peace organization visits Okinawa

August 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of August 11, Paul Martin, the policy director of Peace Action, one of the United States’ largest peace organizations, visited the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly. Martin exchanged opinions on the U.S. military base issues in Okinawa with assembly...

Nago Mayor at odds with defense minister; says distance between them has not narrowed on Henoko relocation.

Nago Mayor at odds with defense minister; says distance between them has not narrowed on Henoko relocation.

August 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of August 16, at a hotel in Nago City, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine held a meeting for the first time on the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to Henoko. After the meeting, Nakatani and...

Okinawa governor questions Suga on the logic of base expansion

Okinawa governor questions Suga on the logic of base expansion

August 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12, officials from the Japanese government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government met at the Okinawa Prefectural Building to conduct the first in a series of intensive discussions to be held during a one-month period in which construction related to the...

US and Japan allow Okinawa to carry out environmental survey after 5 months of requests

August 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, the governments of Japan and the United States held a joint committee and decided to allow the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) to carry out a survey in the temporary restricted area in the shallow waters off Camp Schwab. The OPG had been requesting...

Nago Mayor says people’s protest led to suspension of construction of new US base

Nago Mayor says people’s protest led to suspension of construction of new US base

August 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Government has announced it will halt construction work of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, which is part of the replacement of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, and begin an intensive consultation with the Okinawa Prefectural Government. The...