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Three public figures call for immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro at Tokyo press conference

Three public figures call for immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro at Tokyo press conference

January 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 12 in Tokyo, documentary writer Satoshi Kamata, author Keiko Ochiai, and commentator Makoto Sataka held a press conference calling for the release of Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, who was arrested more than 80 days ago and continues to be detained by police. Yamashiro is involved in the opposition movements to construction of a new base in Henoko and construction of helipads in Takae.

Kamata says: “A leader...

 

Floats positioned on Oura Bay after 50 people protested against Henoko base

Floats positioned on Oura Bay after 50 people protested against Henoko base

January 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau placed floats around U.S. Camp Schwab on January 6 to advance construction of the new Henoko base, which is part of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. The operation was carried out using heavy machinery on the...

Ryukyu Shimpo survey reveals 35% of Okinawans favor increased autonomy, less than half support status quo

January 1, 201 Ryukyu Shimpo

From October to November 2016, the Ryukyu Shimpo implemented an opinion survey in order to learn about changes in the views of Okinawans. Similar surveys were conducted in 2001, 2006, and 2011, making this the fourth survey of its kind. Compared to 2006, people...

Government authorized organization conducts survey on sexual harassment damage to students from Nepal

Government authorized organization conducts survey on sexual harassment damage to students from Nepal

January 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Allegations that Nepalese international students attending Japanese language schools and a vocational school in Okinawa are being sexually harassed has been spread by Social Networking Sites (SNS) since the end of the last year, causing concern in Nepal. Some...

Beijing approves the restoration and preservation of Ryukyuan graves

Beijing approves the restoration and preservation of Ryukyuan graves

January 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Tsuyoshi Arakaki

In 1879, around the time of the disposition of Ryukyu, or the annexation of Ryukyu, some Ryukyuans sought refuge in China to appeal for the salvation of the Ryukyu Kingdom. They eventually passed away and were buried in Beijing. Their...

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi says residents’ opinions should be respected in Henoko, Article 9 should not be changed

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi says residents’ opinions should be respected in Henoko, Article 9 should not be changed

January 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yoko Shima

Recently, the Ryukyu Shimpo interviewed Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, 83, who serves as a female Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), and she told us about her concern for Okinawa and the importance of peace. Regarding...

Japan’s crime-prevention patrols receive zero calls related to the U.S. military in 6 months despite consecutive crimes

Japan's crime-prevention patrols receive zero calls related to the U.S. military in 6 months despite consecutive crimes

December 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 16, a “Patrolling Team for Okinawa Community Security” set up by the Ministry of Defense (MOD) in response to the assault and murder of a woman by a U.S. base employee revealed that they received 13 calls but no calls related to the U.S. military...

Nine Okinawan higher education institution presidents request Osprey flight suspension

Nine Okinawan higher education institution presidents request Osprey flight suspension

December 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of December 27, the presidents of nine higher education institutions in Okinawa submitted a written statement to the Japanese and U.S. governments in response to the recent crash accident of a U.S. MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft...

Resident of Okinawa from Afghanistan falsely rumored as planning act of terrorism

Resident of Okinawa from Afghanistan falsely rumored as planning act of terrorism

December 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of December 23, false rumors that a male proponent of the extremist organization Islamic State (IS) from Afghanistan would incite terrorism in Mihama, Chatan Town were flying around on social networking sites (SNS) such as Twitter. The post spread...

Candlelit protests against US military bases in Okinawa

Candlelit protests against US military bases in Okinawa

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Kenmin Hiroba in Naha on December 21, citizens took part in a candlelit protest to denounce a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey crashing off east coast of Nago and Japan’s Supreme Court ruling against Okinawa Prefecture in a lawsuit over the relocation of Futenma...

4,200 people at the Nago protest rally and governor determined to remove Ospreys

4,200 people at the Nago protest rally and governor determined to remove Ospreys

December 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

[Nago] On December 22, the Emergency Protest Rally Demanding the Removal of the Defective Aircraft Osprey took place following the crash-landing accident of the U.S. military vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft MV-22 Osprey at the coast of Abu of...