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“Romance fraud” targeting women on the rise in and outside Okinawa

“Romance fraud” targeting women on the rise in and outside Okinawa

February 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Masaaki Umeda and Ami Chibana

A specific type of scam called “international romance fraud” has been on the rise in and outside of Okinawa. This scam involves perpetrators pretending to be foreign servicemen on social networking services (SNS) and dating apps to defraud women of money by making women fall in love with them.

They pretend to be in the dangerous and harsh field of war and flatter women with promises of love to swindle them...

 

Dugong lawsuit plaintiffs submit brief claiming DoD not consulting local citizens violated NHPA

Dugong lawsuit plaintiffs submit brief claiming DoD not consulting local citizens violated NHPA

February 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A group of U.S. and Japanese environmentalists, which is the plaintiff group in the dugong lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and demands a halt to construction in Henoko, Nago City, held a press conference on February 1 at the...

16 Nago citizens sue the state for suspending revocation of the Henoko landfill permit

16 Nago citizens sue the state for suspending revocation of the Henoko landfill permit

January 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 29, 16 Nago residents living in the vicinity of the landfill area resorted to legal action at the Naha district court to seek cancellation of the state’s decision to suspend revocation of the landfill permit.

Japan’s Minister...

U.S. military amphibious vehicles cross highway in Ginoza, stopping traffic

U.S. military amphibious vehicles cross highway in Ginoza, stopping traffic

 

January 29, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 28, fifteen U.S. military amphibious vehicles entered U.S. military Camp Hansen by crossing over prefectural highway 329 from the Katabaru seashore in Matsuda, Ginoza, Okinawa. When the vehicles crossed, U.S. military personnel...

131 constitutional scholars speak up against Henoko base construction

131 constitutional scholars speak up against Henoko base construction

 

January 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 24 a group of constitutional scholars including former professor Masaki Ina of the International Christian University gathered at the House of Representatives in Tokyo and presented a researchers’ statement opposing the...

Camp Schwab rally of 3,000 calls for “no” votes to land reclamation in prefectural referendum

Camp Schwab rally of 3,000 calls for “no” votes to land reclamation in prefectural referendum

 

January 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 26, a group opposing construction of the Henoko base held a kickoff rally in front of a gate to Camp Schwab.

This rally was held to address the prefectural referendum that will ask citizens for a “yes”...

Early 14th century castle wall discovered at Nakagusuku Castle, predating previously accepted historical timelines

Early 14th century castle wall discovered at Nakagusuku Castle, predating previously accepted historical timelines

January 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Nakagusuku...

Post-war archives including 16,000 films digitized, available online

Post-war archives including 16,000 films digitized, available online

January 20, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The village of Yomitan has been working on digitizing copious amounts of records as part of the “Okinawan Post-War Education History and Reversion Archive Project.”

The village hosted a briefing session on Jan. 19 to report on the progress...

East Asia symposium looks at Korean Peninsula and Okinawa, discusses building peace by understanding history

East Asia symposium looks at Korean Peninsula and Okinawa, discusses building peace by understanding history

 

January 20, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On...

Japanese government to renominate Amami-Okinawa site for World Natural Heritage status

Japanese government to renominate Amami-Okinawa site for World Natural Heritage status

 

January 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

At a cabinet meeting on January 22 the Japanese government agreed to nominate a candidate site comprised of Amami Oshima, Tokuno Island, a northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island (hereafter referred to as...

Ishigaki GSDF post construction will start March 1 to evade environmental impact assessments

Ishigaki GSDF post construction will start March 1 to evade environmental impact assessments

January 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuri Shimizu

On January 16, it came to the Ryukyu Shimpo’s attention that on March 1 the Ministry of Defense’s Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) plans to begin construction of a Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) post in Ishigaki City, Okinawa, as part...