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Yonaguni referendum shows majority favor JGSDF deployment

Yonaguni referendum shows majority favor JGSDF deployment

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense plans to place a coastal monitoring unit for the Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) on Yonaguni Island. A referendum asking residents if they accept the unit was held on February 22. The polls showed that a majority favored the JSDF deployment. The polls find 632 voters (57.76 percent) favor the unit deployment, 445 voters (40.67 percent) not in favor and 17 voters (1.57 percent) invalid. The total number of voters was 1,276 people...

 

Seeking a course: forum to discuss self-determination for Okinawa

Seeking a course: forum to discuss self-determination for Okinawa

February 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 15 at the Okinawa International University, Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa International University Institute of General Industrial Research held a forum called “Seeking a course-discussions of Okinawa’s right to self-determination.”

Intellectual...

PET bottles save drowning man in river

PET bottles save drowning man in river

February 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

PET bottles have saved a man who fell into a river in Naha. At 0:28 p.m. on February, Naha City Fire Headquarters received an emergency phone call from a citizen. He said, “A man fell into the river.” He noticed the man when he was walking on a road...

Takae residents protest against Japanese government agreeing to provide land for US helipads before returning region’s land occupied by US military

Takae residents protest against Japanese government agreeing to provide land for US helipads before returning region's land occupied by US military

February 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military plans to build military helipads as a condition of the partial return of its Northern Training Area. The governments of Japan and the United States agreed to provide two touchdown areas in N4 area, which is the closest to Takae Village, before...

Henoko protesters detained by US military

Henoko protesters detained by US military

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 22, officers from Nago Police Station arrested two men for allegedly trespassing onto U.S. Marine Camp Schwab. According to the Okinawa Prefectural Police, they have been charged with violating the Act on Special Measures Concerning Criminal Cases.

Hiroji...

Okinawan couple holds a Ryukyuan wedding on Kokusai Street

Okinawan couple holds a Ryukyuan wedding on Kokusai Street

February 10, 2015

On February 8 at Kokusai Street and the Naha Bunka Tenbusu Hall in Naha City, a public Ryukyuan wedding was held. The ceremony was a re-enactment of a traditional ceremony from the Ryukyu Kingdom era. ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Okinawa Harborview sponsored the event to commemorate...

Large floating devices introduced in Henoko: 40 citizens hold a protest rally

Large floating devices introduced in Henoko: 40 citizens hold a protest rally

February 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In relation to the U.S Marine Corps Air Station relocation to Henoko in Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau has started installing large floating devices in Oura Bay. It began the work on the morning of February 9. Four ships and 14 kayaks carrying citizens...

Okinawa Governor Onaga officially requests moving Futenma Air Station outside Okinawa

Okinawa Governor Onaga officially requests moving Futenma Air Station outside Okinawa

February 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of the Council for the Promotion of Dezoning and Reutilizating Military Land in Okinawa visited the offices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ministry of Defense, and U.S Embassy in Japan on February 5. They filed request documents asking the governments...

Ryukyu’s International Treaties return to Okinawa after 141 years

Ryukyu's International Treaties return to Okinawa after 141 years

February 4, 2015 Tsuyoshi Arakaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 27, the Urasoe City Museum exhibits three original copies of the Ryukyu Kingdom’s treaties of amity signed with the United States in 1854, with France in 1855, and with the Netherlands in 1859. These original copies were confiscated...

Symposium on right to self-determination for Ainu and Ryukyuan

Symposium on right to self-determination for Ainu and Ryukyuan

February 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Uruma-no-Kai held a symposium on the right of self-determination for Ainu and Ryukyuans at Okinawa International University in Ginowan on February 7. This group aims to strengthen solidarity with the Ainu people and is involved with planning an annual “Northern...

AmerAsian School in Okinawa receives the Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship

AmerAsian School in Okinawa receives the Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship

February 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship is an award that honors individuals and organizations working on international cultural exchange activities based in regions nationwide. The AmerAsian School in Okinawa has received the award this time. This is...