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Chinese ambassador to Japan insists upon the peaceful settlement of the Senkaku Islands dispute

Chinese ambassador to Japan insists upon the peaceful settlement of the Senkaku Islands dispute

April 3 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 2, Ambassador Cheng Yonghua agreed to an exclusive interview with the Ryuyku Shimpo at the Chinese ambassador’s residence in Tokyo.

With regard to Japan-China relations having been negatively affected by the dispute over the Senkaku Islands, othewise known as Diaoyu in Chinese, Cheng said, “Neither countries should resort to the use of either military force or menacing behavior to resolve disputes.” Cheng went on to say, “Both countries...

 

Naha starts as regional hub city in Okinawa

Naha starts as regional hub city in Okinawa

April 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, Naha set itself up as the first core city in the prefecture. It becomes the country’s 42nd core city designated in this manner under the Local Autonomy Law of Japan. Core cities assume many roles normally carried out by prefectural governments. Naha...

Six months have passed since the Osprey was deployed to Okinawa

April 1, 2013 Sakae Toiyama and Kenyu Uchima of Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, six months passed since the U.S. Marine Corps deployed the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. The deployment occurred on October 1 last year based on...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly opposes central government celebration of the date of restoration of Japan’s sovereignty

March 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the plenary session of its regular meeting on March 29, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to protest against the Japanese government planning to hold a ceremony on April 28 to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Japanese...

Ministry submits application for land reclamation for alternative facility at Henoko

Ministry submits application for land reclamation for alternative facility at Henoko

March 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The central government has submitted an application to the Governor of Okinawa for permission to reclaim land off Henoko, Nago in order to commence the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. At 3:40pm on March 22, officials of the Okinawa Defense Bureau...

OPG to set up Karate-do Hall in Tomigusuku

OPG to set up Karate-do Hall in Tomigusuku

March 14, 2013 Michiyo Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Karate-do Hall Planning Committee has put together a draft plan for the Tomigusuku Castle Park in Tomigusuku to be the construction site of the Karate-do Hall that will become a hub of Okinawan karate. In the near future, Governor Hirokazu...

Okinawan Intellectuals criticize Japanese government for political use of the Emperor

Okinawan Intellectuals criticize Japanese government for political use of the Emperor

March 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawans are critical of the Japanese government planning to hold a ceremony on April 28 to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Japanese sovereignty after the San Francisco Peace Treaty took effect in 1952. The people of Okinawa see this date as a...

Abe reiterates that the government will stick to the Henoko relocation plan

Abe reiterates that the government will stick to the Henoko relocation plan

February 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 2, for the first time since regaining the premiership, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Okinawa to meet Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at a hotel in Naha. While Nakaima expressed his gratitude to Abe for meeting Okinawan requests for about 300...

Defense secretary nominee vows to address Okinawa’s concerns about U.S. bases

February 1, 2013 Hideki Matsudo of the Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On December 30, in a written statement submitted to a hearing of the Senate Arms Services Committee, Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator who has been nominated to become defense secretary in the second...

Okinawan leaders hand a petition to Prime Minister Abe requesting the easing of the base-hosting burden

Okinawan leaders hand a petition to Prime Minister Abe requesting the easing of the base-hosting burden

January 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 28, the mayors of the municipalities in Okinawa and representatives of the protest rally executive committee visited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence to give him a petition requesting that the U.S. and Japanese governments rescind the...

Okinawan leaders hold rally in Naha to request rescinding of Osprey deployment

Okinawan leaders hold rally in Naha to request rescinding of Osprey deployment

January 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon on January 22, Okinawan leaders held a rally at the Naha Civic Hall to request that the U.S. and Japanese governments rescind the deployment of the Osprey to Okinawa.

About 1300 people participated in the rally. They criticized the U.S....