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Young foreign scholars and journalist encourage sit-in protesters

Young foreign scholars and journalist encourage sit-in protesters

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Young foreign scholars and a journalist living in Okinawa visited the sit-in protest site at U.S. Marine Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, on April 11. The visitors came from Scotland, India, Switzerland, the United States, Taiwan, and Australia. Australian journalist Jane Close encouraged the protesters, saying, “Many people from other countries sympathize with Okinawa.” She said, being scheduled to return to Australia, “I would like to continue...

 

Employees of Kanehide Holdings take part in sit-in at Camp Schwab gate

Employees of Kanehide Holdings take part in sit-in at Camp Schwab gate

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 130 people from the Okinawa company Kanehide Holdings, including the chairman Morimasa Goya, have taken part in a protest against ongoing construction work at Camp Schwab in Henoko. Company executives along with new employees joined demonstrators outside the...

Reddish-brown moon appears during total eclipse

Reddish-brown moon appears during total eclipse

April 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s stargazers had a frustrating night on April 4 when clouds largely obscured the much anticipated lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth, moon and sun are aligned together, with the earth in the middle. The light from the sun is deflected...

Tomb Sweeping Festival held to wish for prosperity

Tomb Sweeping Festival held to wish for prosperity

April 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Tomb Sweeping Festival called shimi started in various places in Okinawa on April 5. Many families visited the graveyards of their ancestors. At the Shikina-en in Naha, people offered various foods, including fruits and sweets to their ancestors. They reported...

Intellectuals including Nobel Prize winner release statement calling for stop new US base

Intellectuals including Nobel Prize winner release statement calling for stop new US base

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, 22 Japanese intellectuals, including Kenichi Miyamoto, emeritus professor at Osaka City University and the Nobel Prize winner, novelist Kenzaburo Oe, released a statement seeking an immediate stop to the reclamation work at Henoko, Nago. The governments...

Third-generation Okinawan Hawaiian delighted to meet his relatives

Third-generation Okinawan Hawaiian delighted to meet his relatives

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A third generation Okinawan from Hawaii has been getting to know his local relatives. Chris Chitose China met his second cousin 73-year-old Sadao for the first time in Yomitan on March 28. Chris’s grandfather and Sadao’s grandfather were brothers.

Chris...

Sit-in protest on Henoko beach marks 4000 days

Sit-in protest on Henoko beach marks 4000 days

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, citizens of a sit-in protest on Henoko beach marked 4,000 days since the sit-in began in 2004. It will mark the 11th anniversary on April 19. The protest began in response to a Japanese government marine boring survey, in preparation for the construction...

Henoko protester arrested

Henoko protester arrested

March 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A man has been arrested in front of the main gate at Camp Schwab in Henoko. It happened on the morning of March 31. He was part of a protest against construction work at the base and was arrested for obstructing officers in the course of their duty. He was taken...

Villagers hold memorial service on Zamami Island marking 70 years since forced mass suicide

Villagers hold memorial service on Zamami Island marking 70 years since forced mass suicide

March 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 26, 1945, U.S. forces landed on the Kerama Islands, beginning the ground war in Okinawa. To mark the seventieth anniversary since that day, the Zamami Village Office held a memorial service at the tower of peace. About 100 people, including survivors and...

US shows a copy of the Ryukyu-US Treaty and letters by Commodore Perry

US shows a copy of the Ryukyu-US Treaty and letters by Commodore Perry

March 21, 2015 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On March 20, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration showed an original copy of the Ryukyu-U.S. Treaty of Amity signed by the Ryukyu Kingdom and the United States on July 11, 1854 to the Ryukyu Shimpo....

Former Himeyuri student delivers final lecture at museum

Former Himeyuri student delivers final lecture at museum

March 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Himeyuri Peace Museum is known for its unique, oral-history approach to educating people about the Battle of Okinawa. Since its opening in 1989, the museum has been giving visitors, including students on school trips, a chance to hear directly from survivors...