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600 people celebrate Okinawa Plaza opening in Hawaii

600 people celebrate Okinawa Plaza opening in Hawaii

 

September 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A commercial facility called Okinawa Plaza opened in Waipahu, Hawaii, as a new base for Okinawa-related acctivities.

The opening ceremony was held on September 3.

The plaza is located next to the Hawaii Okinawa Center, which is managed by the Hawaii United Okinawa Association.

The goal of the plaza is to use rent from the business operators in the plaza to maintain the center as well as to support Okinawa-related...

 

Petition to hold referendum on Henoko construction submitted to Okinawan government with 92,848 signatures

September 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The “Henoko Okinawa Referendum Committee,” (Jinshiro Motoyama, representative), which...

JVC wins Okinawa Peace Award for providing agricultural and medical support in eleven countries

JVC wins Okinawa Peace Award for providing agricultural and medical support in eleven countries

August 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 27, Okinawa Prefecture announced that the ninth Okinawa Peace Award will be awarded to Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC), an international NGO based in Tokyo and headed by Takaki Imai.

The Okinawa Peace Award is presented...

Jeju Island hosts summit with Okinawa and Hawaii to discuss environmental protection

Jeju Island hosts summit with Okinawa and Hawaii to discuss environmental protection

 

August 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Yuri Shimizu reports from Jeju

 

On August 27 the governors of Okinawa, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province in South Korea, and Hawaii met together on Jeju Island for the first Global Green Island Summit (GGIS) forum...

UC Santa Cruz students interview woman from 1952 U.S.-occupied Okinawa photograph

UC Santa Cruz students interview woman from 1952 U.S.-occupied Okinawa photograph

August 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

“The young woman in the picture is me.” Some American university students were searching for a woman in a photograph published on the front page of the local news in Ryukyu Shimpo on August 15, which was from U.S. military-occupied Okinawa...

Hawaii POW letters written between 1945 and 1946 discovered

Hawaii POW letters written between 1945 and 1946 discovered

August 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome and Tomoki Yasutomi

 

On August 23, 15 letters addressed to Okinawans and Okinawan descendants living in Hawaii sent from a prisoner of war (POW) camp between 1945 and 1946 were discovered.

The letters were written by people...

4,500 people attend memorial service for Governor Onaga to mourn “The soul of a politician”

4,500 people attend memorial service for Governor Onaga to mourn “The soul of a politician”

August 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A memorial service for Okinawa governor Takeishi Onaga, who passed away at age 67 on August 8, was held at Daitenji temple in Naha August 13.

This is the first time that an Okinawan governor has died while still in office.

Approximately...

Two Futenma-based Osprey make successive emergency landings in Amami and Kadena

Two Futenma-based Osprey make successive emergency landings in Amami and Kadena

August 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 14, there were successive emergency landings of MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from MCAS Futenma Air Station at Amami Airport in Kagoshima Prefecture and at Kadena Air Base.

The causes of these emergency landings...

Governor Onaga leaves behind the words, “When Uchinanchu fight with one heart, it becomes a thing of great power,” for Okinawan protest opposing land filling in Henoko

Governor Onaga leaves behind the words, “When Uchinanchu fight with one heart, it becomes a thing of great power,” for Okinawan protest opposing land filling in Henoko

August 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

The “August 11 Okinawa convention to forbid land filling, and to demand protection for Dugong and coral and for the cancellation of new base facilities in Henoko,” (hosted by the All Okinawa committee to prevent new base construction...

Rallies in Ikebukuro and more than 20 places throughout Japan held in solidarity with Okinawa

Rallies in Ikebukuro and more than 20 places throughout Japan held in solidarity with Okinawa

 

August 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On August 11 at East Ikebukuro Central Park in Tokyo, an Okinawan prefectural rally met to show solidarity against land reclamation and base construction in Henoko, Nago City.

Those gathered mourned Governor Takeshi...

People gathered at Henoko to carry on Governor Onaga’s intentions

People gathered at Henoko to carry on Governor Onaga’s intentions

 

August 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

After the death of Okinawa Prefectural Governor Takeshi Onaga, who opposed the construction of the new base, on the morning of August 9 more than 200 people gathered in front of the U.S. military’s Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago City to...