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Restrictions on off-duty US servicemen greatly loosened, causing Okinawans concern and fear

Restrictions on off-duty US servicemen greatly loosened, causing Okinawans concern and fear

April 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 26, the USFJ Okinawa Area Coordinator Lt. Gen. Eric Smith greatly loosened the restrictions of the Liberty Policy, which regulates the activities of U.S. troops when they are off-duty. Local residents of municipalities in the central part of Okinawa Island, where many U.S. servicemen and civilians employed by the military live, say they “cannot understand” the decision and are cautioning that there will be more incidents and accidents....

 

Shimabukuro’s photography of 1950’s Henoko sans US base shows changes to his hometown

Shimabukuro’s photography of 1950’s Henoko sans US base shows changes to his hometown

March 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ayako Sakaguchi

Before Camp Schwab was completed there was a large pine tree on Cape Henoko. Takenobu Shimabukuro, 82, who loves photography, has been capturing photographs of his hometown since he was in his 20’s.

His albums are full of old...

Local municipalities worry about increased noise from temporary F-22 deployment to Kadena Air Base

Local municipalities worry about increased noise from temporary F-22 deployment to Kadena Air Base

May 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighters were first deployed to Okinawa in 2007, and have again been temporarily deployed to Kadena Air Base. Following deployment, the number of noise occurrences in neighboring municipalities doubled, and complaints from residents increased...

First memorial service held for 12 Okinawan POWs who died in Hawaii

First memorial service held for 12 Okinawan POWs who died in Hawaii

June 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chie Tome reports from Hawaii

On June 4 local time, at Jikoen Hongwanji in Honolulu, a memorial service was held to mourn 12 Okinawan POWs who died in Hawaii. The 12 were among many Okinawans who were held as prisoners of war in the Battle of Okinawa and transferred...

72 years after the US military landed on Zamami Island, villagers honour victims of “Group self-determination” and vow never to repeat war

72 years after the US military landed on Zamami Island, villagers honour victims of

March 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 26, 2017, 72 years after the “group self-determination” (compulsory group suicides) took place on Zamami Island during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, villagers visited the Heiwa-no-To peace memorial and joined their hands in prayer.
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Anti-Henoko activist released after being detained for more than 3 months

Anti-Henoko activist released after being detained for more than 3 months

March 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 8, 66-year-old Hiroshi Inaba, who has been active in the protest against construction of the new base in Henoko, Nago, which is part of the relocation of the U.S. Futenma airfield in Ginowan, was released after being detained in the Naha Detention Center...

Sanshin Day: citizens perform traditional music and dance in front of Henoko gate, as protesters resolve to use the power of culture to stop new US base

Sanshin Day: citizens perform traditional music and dance in front of Henoko gate, as protesters resolve to use the power of culture to stop new US base

March 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Henoko New base construction Sanshin Day

On the morning of March 4, Sanshin Day, an Okinawan musical instrument concert was held in front of gate of Camp Schwab at Henoko, Nago, where citizen groups have been staging a sit-in-protest against construction...

Don’t destroy the beautiful Henoko sea : 450 people protest against construction of new US base both on sea and land

Don’t destroy the beautiful Henoko sea : 450 people protest against construction of new US base both on sea and land

February 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of February 18, in Oura Bay, Nago, citizens protesting against new base construction associated with relocation of the U.S. Futenma airfield in Ginowan to Henoko, held a parade on the water using 10 ships and 22 canoes.

The parade on Oura...

Public Security Intelligence Agency’s report claims Ryukyu-China programs aim to divide country

Public Security Intelligence Agency's report claims Ryukyu-China programs aim to divide country

January 18, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s Public Security Intelligence Agency claimed in its latest report that China was moving to deepen its ties with Ryukyu (Okinawa) independence groups through academic exchanges, and that it could be a strategy to divide Japan by promoting favorable...

“The future is ours,” leader Yamashiro detained for protest against new US base calls for unity

December 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroji Yamashiro, the director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, who was arrested on October 17, has been prosecuted and is now being detained for his involvement in protests against new U.S. base construction in Henoko, Nago and Helipad construction in the...

Icon of Henoko movement Muneyoshi Kayo passes away

Icon of Henoko movement Muneyoshi Kayo passes away

November 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 8:45 a.m. on November 3, Muneyoshi Kayo, who was a member of sit-in protest group “Inochi wo mamoru kai,” which protests the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago, passed away at a hospital in Ginoza Village at the age of 94 due to pneumonia....