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Project team recreates grass boats’ voyage of 30,000 years ago from Yonaguni Island

Project team recreates grass boats’ voyage of 30,000 years ago from Yonaguni Island

July 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 17, a research team working on a project for the National Museum of Nature and Science sailed grass boats for the first time from Yonaguni Island to the water between Taketomi Town and Iriomote Island. The project is meant to investigate routes humans 30,000 years ago traversed to come to the Japanese islands, and the team is hastening preparations to verify whether or not these humans came on grass boats. On that morning at about 7 a.m. two grass boats...

 

60 people gather to make a pledge for peace as Taiwan monument erected

60 people gather to make a pledge for peace as Taiwan monument erected

June 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taiwan No To monument was erected for Taiwan’s World War Two war dead, at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman city. A completion ceremony was held on June 25. The fourth memorial service for the Taiwanese war dead was also held on the same day, and 60...

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks its second year

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks its second year

July 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 6, a sit-in protest in front of the gate of Camp Schwab marked two years since the start of action to block construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. The governments of the United States and Japan plan to build an airfield there to replace U.S. Marine...

57th anniversary memorial ceremony for US military jet crash into Miyamori Elementary School

57th anniversary memorial ceremony for US military jet crash into Miyamori Elementary School

July 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty-seven years have passed since June 30, 1959, when a U.S. F-100 fighter, which was poorly maintained from Kadena Air Base, crashed into Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa City (currently Uruma City).

The Ishikawa and Miyamori 630 Association and the...

Naha prosecutors bring additional charges against US military contractor in murder case

Naha prosecutors bring additional charges against US military contractor in murder case

July 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 30, the Naha District Public Prosecutors Office brought additional charges of murder and rape leading to death against U.S. military contractor Kenneth Franklin Shinzato (formerly Gadson), 32, of Yonabaru Town, on the grounds that he assaulted a woman with...

U.S. military rejects survey of buried cultural artifacts, cites supplementary agreement

June 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, it was discovered that the U.S. Marine Corps refused a request by the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education to conduct surveys at three sites within U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma as part of an excavation project being carried out inside the base....

Ourasaki Memorial Service at Henoko; prayers for war dead

Ourasaki Memorial Service at Henoko; prayers for war dead

June 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A memorial service for people who died in the Ourasaki internment camp right after the Battle of Okinawa was held in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, the US military base in Henoko, Nago City on June 23. The internment camp was located in Camp Schwab.

Approximately...

Youth from Okinawa, Hiroshima and Nagasaki share thoughts on peace

Youth from Okinawa, Hiroshima and Nagasaki share thoughts on peace

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23 at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, the “Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa Wakamun Conference 2016” was held. The participants were young people who act as peace guides in the three prefectures that had tremendous damage during World War...

US military civilian worker arrested on suspicion of drink driving, causing accident

June 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 5:24 a.m. on June 26, Okinawa prefectural police arrested a civilian worker at a United States air base on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Law (driving under the influence of alcohol). The culprit, who lives in the Goya district of Okinawa City, denied...

Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony attendees vow peace and object to Okinawa made scapegoat

Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony attendees vow peace and object to Okinawa made scapegoat

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, where the final fight of the Battle of Okinawa took place, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Prefectural Assembly held the Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony on June 23, the 71st anniversary of the end of the battle....

200 protesters surround Ishigaki City Hall to oppose SDF deployment

200 protesters surround Ishigaki City Hall to oppose SDF deployment

June 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 13, a residents’ group dedicated to preventing the deployment of Japan Self-Defense Force (SDF) troops on Ishigaki Island surrounded Ishigaki City Hall to protest the plan. The Ishigaki city council is in the middle of its June regular session, and people...