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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. Kayo was from Henoko, Nago City. The memorial service has not yet been determined. The hearse left the house at 10:45 a.m. on November 5.

Since 1996 when the relocation plan of the Futenma...

 

Plaintiffs’ groups for lawsuits over noise pollution from military bases in Japan condemn government’s attack against helipad protest in Takae

Plaintiffs' groups for lawsuits over noise pollution from military bases in Japan condemn government's attack against helipad protest in Takae

September 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Liaison Council of seven groups of plaintiffs filing lawsuits over noise pollution from military bases held its 4th general meeting on September 18 at Akisihima City Hall in Tokyo.

The council adopted a resolution to oppose military bases’...

War orphan stresses uniqueness of Battle of Okinawa at appeal court demanding apology and compensation from government

War orphan stresses uniqueness of Battle of Okinawa at appeal court demanding apology and compensation from government

September 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 6, at the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court, the first argument for an appeal trial in which plaintiffs are demanding an apology and compensation from the government to be granted to Battle of Okinawa war victims was held.

The government’s...

Tensions between protesters and riot police mount over construction of U.S. Marine Corps helipads in Takae

Tensions between protesters and riot police mount over construction of U.S. Marine Corps helipads in Takae

July 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 6:00 a.m. on July 11, one night after the Upper House election ended, the Okinawa Defense Bureau re-started preparation work for construction of U.S. Marine Corps helipads in Takae, Higashi.

About 100 riot police and about 20 security guards employed by...

Robert Nakasone encourages sit-in protesters in Henoko with Hawaiian leis

Robert Nakasone encourages sit-in protesters in Henoko with Hawaiian leis

July 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Robert Nakasone, a resident of Hawaii who is a second-generation Okinawan visited the sit-in protest site in front of the gate of Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago on July 2. He presented Hawaiian leis to citizens protesting against the construction of a new U.S. base in...

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...

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...