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Naha city makes LGBT City Support Declaration

Naha city makes LGBT City Support Declaration

July 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pink Dot Okinawa, an event promoting a society more accepting of sexual minorities, also known as LGBT, was held at the Tenbusu Square in Makishi, Naha on July 19. For the event, Naha City Government made a “Rainbow Naha Declaration,” which set out the city’s aims to publicly promote itself as a prefectural capital that actively supports LGBT diversity and awareness about LGBT issues. Naha has become the second administrative region in Japan to...

 

Collectable stamps of the Iriomote wild cat to help raise funds for its protection

Collectable stamps of the Iriomote wild cat to help raise funds for its protection

July 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 17, the Japan Post Network Okinawa Branch released sets of Iriomote wild cat original stamps. The launch of the new stamps onto the market commemorates the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the animal, a special national treasure, which is found only on...

New damage found on coral in Oura Bay possibly due to Henoko relocation plan

New damage found on coral in Oura Bay possibly due to Henoko relocation plan

July 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is carrying out preparation work in Oura Bay for construction of a new U.S. base that would replace the Futenma air base in Ginowan. On July 16, members of Diving Team Rainbow of the Helicopter Base Objection Association confirmed newly damaged...

Hawaii-Okinawa photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre

Hawaii-Okinawa photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre

July 9, 2015 Shoichiro Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Hawaii

The Ryukyu Shimpo launched the Hawaii-Okinawa Press Photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre in Oahu Island on July 8. The exhibition was held ahead of the Ryukyu Shimpo’s forum called “Kizuna Ichimadhin Future...

New Yorkers gather to protest against new base construction in Henoko

New Yorkers gather to protest against new base construction in Henoko

July 13, 2015 Yoshiharu Higa, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In a gentle rain in the morning of June 30, a protest rally against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko was held at Union Square Park in New York. In the lead up to Okinawa Memorial Day, participants carrying...

Ordinance to regulate sediment from outside Okinawa passes in assembly

Ordinance to regulate sediment from outside Okinawa passes in assembly

July 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed an ordinance to regulate the use of sediment such as soil and stone from outside the prefecture passed in a majority. The ordinance was proposed by the ruling parties. Members of the ruling parties and the New Komeito...

HUOA President couple busy for sister-state events

HUOA President couple busy for sister-state events

July 10, 2015 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

From July 10 to 12 on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, the 30th-anniversary of a sister-state affiliation between the State of Hawaii and Okinawa Prefecture was celebrated. Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), which consists of about 40,000...

With irreparable grief, 110 people gather 56 years after US jet fighter crash

With irreparable grief, 110 people gather 56 years after US jet fighter crash

July 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Fifty-six years have passed since a poorly-maintained U.S. F-100 fighter from Kadena Air Base crashed into the residential area and Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa City (currently Uruma City). The bereaved families, a non-profit organization, the Ishikawa...

Okinawa takes steps to make Okinawan cuisine part of cultural heritage

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture’s schools superintendent, Akira Moromizato, announced the start of a study aiming to designate an Okinawan dish as “intangible cultural heritage.” During the plenary session at the prefectural assembly on June 24, he stated, “We would...

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to build facility for children in Kumejima

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to build facility for children in Kumejima

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki is planning to build a community facility for children in Zenda Forest Park of Kumejima. Miyazaki will invest 300 million yen into construction of the facility as a donation to the town. Kumejima Town will provide...

Governor Onaga’s Peace Declaration (Full Text)

Governor Onaga’s Peace Declaration (Full Text)

June 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

June 23 has come for the 70th time.

One of the most ferocious land battles in history occurred in our homeland of Okinawa. More than 200,000 precious lives were sacrificed. We will never be able to forget the sadness of losing our loved ones; our family and...