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Soldiers pour into main streets after period of mourning for US forces on Okinawa

Soldiers pour into main streets after period of mourning for US forces on Okinawa

July 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

July 2 was the first weekend after the end of a period of mourning imposed on U.S. forces in Okinawa following the suspected rape and murder of a woman by a U.S. military contract employee who is a former U.S. marine. During the period of mourning U.S. forces banned its personnel from drinking alcohol and going outside of the bases. The day the ban was lifted, many soldiers flocked into Gate 2 Street in Okinawa City in front of Kadena Air Base.

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Japan’s National Federation of UNESCO Associations holds convention to discuss sustainable peace in Okinawa

Japan's National Federation of UNESCO Associations holds convention to discuss sustainable peace in Okinawa

June 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s National Federation of UNESCO Associations opened its 72nd convention on June 25 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City. The convention was held for the first time in 34 years, the last being in 1982.

About 500 members from UNESCO associations...

VFP’s members announce statement: “We feel shame and deep regret,” on US military violence against women in Okinawa

VFP's members announce statement:

June 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Veterans For Peace (VFP)’s members, including Douglas Lummis, Daniel Broudy and Ann Wright released a statement regarding the May, 2016 crime committed against an Okinawan Woman allegedly by a former U.S. Marine in Uruma City, at a press conference held at the...

US military contractor re-arrested on suspicion of murder and rape

June 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Regarding the discovery of a woman’s body in the central part of Okinawa Island, on the afternoon of June 9, the Okinawa prefectural police re-arrested former U.S. Marine and current U.S. military employee Kenneth Franklin Shinzato (formerly Gadson),...

Citizen groups express sorrow and anger in Washington, D.C. after Okinawan woman was allegedly murdered by former US marine

Citizen groups express sorrow and anger in Washington, D.C. after Okinawan woman was allegedly murdered by former US marine

May 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sakae Toiyama in Washington, D.C.

On May 26, in Washington, D.C., ‘CODEPINK’, a women’s group seeking peace and social justice, held a protest after an Okinawa woman was allegedly murdered by a U.S. civilian base worker, who is a former...

Protest rallies against US military over death of Okinawan woman continue

May 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 25, in front of U.S. Kadena Air Base in Chatan, an “All Okinawa Kaigi” rally was held to oppose the construction of a new base in Henoko following the suspected murder of an Okinawan woman. Participants mourned the victim, whose body was allegedly abandoned...

55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

May 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Okinawa marked 44 years since the administration of the islands was given back to Japan from the United States. A rally calling for peace and protecting life was held at a park in the Naha New Urban Center, a former U.S. military facility.

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Honolulu city mayor confirms participation in 6th World Uchinanchu Festival

Honolulu city mayor confirms participation in 6th World Uchinanchu Festival

May 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hisao Tome, Honolulu

At 11:00 a.m. on May 10, a caravan led by Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga visited Honolulu city government to promote the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival. Onaga invited Mayor Kirk Caldwell to attend the festival. The festival will be held...

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