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Former US soldiers of Okinawan descent; war destroys all

Former US soldiers of Okinawan descent; war destroys all

December 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum held a symposium “Okinawa reflected in the eyes of second-generation Japanese-American Uchinanchu during and after the war” in Itoman on February 6. Takejiro Higa, 91, who served in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 and called for surrender to residents in Uchinaguchi or Okinawan dialect, and Yoshinobu Oshiro, 86, who served as an interrogator of Japanese soldiers on their return from Siberia, in Maizuru,...

 

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks 150 days and 18,000 participants

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks 150 days and 18,000 participants

December 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizens of a sit-in protest in front of the gate of U.S. Marine Camp Schwab marked 150 days since the sit-in began on December 3. They started this action against the construction of a new U.S. air base in Henoko, Nago on July 7. According to calculations...

2,200 protesters surround OPG buildings and demand Okinawa Govenor Nakaima

2,200 protesters surround OPG buildings and demand Okinawa Govenor Nakaima

December 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima could possibly approve an application submitted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to change the method used for landfill in Henoko, Nago, where a new U.S. Marine air base is planned to replace the Futenma base in Ginowan. On December...

Gust of wind bends 20 pillars at golf course in Tomigusuku

Gust of wind bends 20 pillars at golf course in Tomigusuku

December 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of December 4, damage was caused by a wind gust in Tomigusuku and Uruma. No human damage was reported.

According to the Tomigusuku Police Station, strong winds have bent more than 20 pillars at Seaside Golf Club in the Yone district of Tomigusuku.

The...

Seventeen groups issue a statement to seek the environmental protection of Henoko and Oura Bay based on the Ramsar Convention

November 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 25, 17 Non-Government Organisations focused on the environment, human rights, and peace, released a joint statement against the construction of a new, replacement military facility in Henoko. The statement refers to the Ramsar Convention, asking for...

U.S. soldier arrested for trespassing in Chatan

November 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 28, the Okinawa Police Station arrested a 30-year old first class-ranking staff sergeant, who is based at Kadena Air Base, on suspicion of trespassing. According to the police station, the suspect entered a room on the second floor of an apartment...

Amateur photographer captures green sun from Senagajima

Amateur photographer captures green sun from Senagajima

November 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 25, a green flash phenomenon, in which the sun shines green at sunset, was confirmed to have been sighted in Okinawa. Akihiro Noda, a 37-year-old company employee, managed to take a picture of the moment when the sun flashed green....

Off-base drinking ban for U.S. soldiers in Okinawa to be eased

November 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. forces in Japan will revise its ‘liberty policy’, the code of conduct for the U.S. service members and civilian employees in Okinawa. This will allow them to stay out and drink off base during off-duty hours from December 9. Responding...

Eight nuns from Tokyo and Miyazaki Prefecture take part in protest against Henoko

Eight nuns from Tokyo and Miyazaki Prefecture take part in protest against Henoko

November 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of November 12, over 50 citizens gathered in front of Gate One at Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, to protest against the construction of an alternative base for U.S Marine Corps Futenma Air Station.

Eight nuns of Jesus Caritas from Tokyo and...

Internationally acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki sends message opposing new U.S military base construction in Okinawa

Internationally acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki sends message opposing new U.S military base construction in Okinawa

November 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Toshinobu Nakazato, former chairman of the Okinawa Prefecture Assembly, has been asking prominent figures in and outside of Okinawa who support the Okinawan people’s movement opposing the deployment of Osprey aircraft to Okinawa and construction of a new...

New Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga visits Henoko to proclaim true democracy from Okinawa

New Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga visits Henoko to proclaim true democracy from Okinawa

November 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga, who won the Okinawa gubernatorial election, held on November 16, made an appearance in front of the Camp Schwab gate in the Henoko district of Nago on November 19. It was Onaga’s first visit to Henoko since his win in the...