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Event to commemorate former governor Masahide Ota held in Naha

 

June 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

An event to commemorate former governor of Okinawa and emeritus professor at the University of the Ryukyus, Masahide Ota, who passed away in June, 2017, was held in Naha the evening of June 12.

He died at the age of ninety-two.

The ceremony was held at the Prefectural Center for Equality Tiruru on the anniversary of his death.

Approximately 270 people, including people from his home island Kume, his former students,...

 

Orchard cabin windows damaged by stray bullet near Camp Schwab, police suspect U.S. military

Orchard cabin windows damaged by stray bullet near Camp Schwab, police suspect U.S. military

June 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On June 21 at about 2:00 p.m., an object resembling a bullet was reported found at a small work cabin in an orchard in Sukuta, Nago City. No one was injured, but two panes of glass in the cabin were damaged.

According to the property...

Citizens call “protect the coral” from 70 canoes and 9 boats to protest Henoko base

Citizens call “protect the coral” from 70 canoes and 9 boats to protest Henoko base

June 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

A team of about 70 vibrantly colored citizens’ canoes face the Japan Coast Guard’s black inflatable boats, separated by an oil fence.

As a backdrop to the contrasting colors of the two sides, the “thuds” of the...

Association of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad establish International Day of Nikkei

Association of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad establish International Day of Nikkei

 

June 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On June 6 and 7, the Association of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad held their 59th Convention of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad in Hawaii.

Here, the association established June 20 as International Day of Nikkei.

June 20 was the...

F-15 crash arouses concern among residents about dangers of living near Kadena Air Base

F-15 crash arouses concern among residents about dangers of living near Kadena Air Base

 

June 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In the early morning on June 11, a U.S. F-15 fighter aircraft from Kadena Air Base crashed in the ocean to the south of Okinawa Island.

 

Residents living in the vicinity of the base have been reminded again of the danger...

Adjustments to ODB’s plan for handling coral pushes soil depositing back to mid-August

Adjustments to ODB’s plan for handling coral pushes soil depositing back to mid-August

 

June 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Japanese government is making arrangements for land reclamation work in Henoko, as part of construction of the replacement facility for Futenma Air Station.

Although the government planned to start depositing soil into the ocean...

Expansion work on airstrip simulating ship’s deck proceeding at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield

Expansion work on airstrip simulating ship’s deck proceeding at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield

June 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

At Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield in Ie Village, expansion work is proceeding on the “LHD deck” airstrip, which simulates the deck of an amphibious assault ship.

On June 6, the Ryukyu Shimpo used drone aerial photography to check in on this airstrip...

Japan exploring special measures to obtain civil damages from the U.S. in the 2016 murder of an Okinawan woman

June 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It was announced June 6 that Japan and the U.S. are discussing a proposal to solve an ongoing issue where the U.S. has refused to pay damages to the surviving family of the woman who was raped and murdered by a civilian contractor working on a U.S. military...

“Listen to the voices of the Okinawan citizens,” says former Canadian diplomat

“Listen to the voices of the Okinawan citizens,” says former Canadian diplomat

June 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On June 5, former Canadian diplomat who currently lives in Vancouver, Terry Greenberg, 72, and his wife Yoko Oikawa, 59, attended an at-sea protest for the first time.

The purpose of this protest was to prevent the new base construction that is...

Okinawa Defense Bureau submits Henoko red soil outflow prevention documents to Prefectural Government for review

Okinawa Defense Bureau submits Henoko red soil outflow prevention documents to Prefectural Government for review

June 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuri Shimizu

On June 4, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began notification procedures as set forth in the Okinawa Prefecture Red Soil Prevention Ordinance, which is necessary to perform before depositing soil in the ocean. These soil deposits are part of...

Ten thousand people encircle Japan’s National Diet to protest land reclamation work in Henoko

Ten thousand people encircle Japan’s National Diet to protest land reclamation work in Henoko

May 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

A large-scale citizens’ rally encircling the National Diet called “Don’t Destroy the Beautiful Ocean, Don’t Fill it with Sand” met on May 26, calling for abandonment of Futenma replacement facility construction in Henoko, Nago City. The rally...