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Photojournalist Bunyo Ishikawa reaches Okinawa after 10 months touring Japan on foot

Photojournalist Bunyo Ishikawa reaches Okinawa after 10 months touring Japan on foot

May 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A photojournalist taking a walking tour along the Japanese islands, Bunyo Ishikawa, 81, arrived on Okinawa’s main island on May 22. In July 2018 Ishikawa started out from Cape Soya, Hokkaido, and it has taken him about 10 months to set foot on Okinawan soil. Ishikawa took a ferry from Kagoshima Prefecture to Motobu Port in Okinawa, where he met some friends. With a smile he said, “I was filled with emotion as Iejima Tacchu came into sight. I’ve...

 

U.S. bases still expanding 47 years after Okinawa reversion, 2,000 rally in strong opposition

U.S. bases still expanding 47 years after Okinawa reversion, 2,000 rally in strong opposition

May 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

It has been 47 years since Okinawa was returned to Japanese sovereignty after its period of U.S. military occupation, post-war. On the afternoon of May 19 the 5/15 the Peace March Action Committee and the Okinawa Peace Movement Center organized a prefectural...

Kyoto University professors detect PFOS concentration of 4 times national average in Ginowan residents’ blood

Kyoto University professors detect PFOS concentration of 4 times national average in Ginowan residents’ blood

May 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Ryota Shimabukuro

In April Professor Emeritus Akio Koizumi and Associate Professor Koji Harada, medical faculty members of Kyoto University, conducted a study concerning perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), which is suspected to be carcinogenic. Specifically,...

Over six times the normal level of hexavalent chromium detected at arena construction site in Okinawa City

Over six times the normal level of hexavalent chromium detected at arena construction site in Okinawa City

May 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa City – Over six times the standard level of hexavalent chromium was detected at the construction site where Okinawa City is planning to build a 10,000 person-capacity multi-purpose arena on May 16. Hexavalent chromium is sometimes found in the ground at...

Eldest Battle of Okinawa storyteller, Toshie Asato, retires after 40 years sharing her experiences

Eldest Battle of Okinawa storyteller, Toshie Asato, retires after 40 years sharing her experiences

May 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Wakana Arakaki

Toshie Asato is the eldest professional Battle of Okinawa storyteller in Okinawa, upon whom the movie Gama: Getto no Hana was modeled. At the age of 98, she has decided to stop storytelling due to poor physical health. On May 16, she held her...

260 demonstrators march through Shinjuku to protest discrimination against Okinawa in the form of U.S. bases, question Okinawa’s reversion to Japan

260 demonstrators march through Shinjuku to protest discrimination against Okinawa in the form of U.S. bases, question Okinawa’s reversion to Japan

May 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On May 12, the Okinawa One-Tsubo Anti-War Landholders Association, Kanto Bloc held a protest near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo to re-think “May 15,” as this year marks 140 years since the 1879 Ryukyu annexation (the “Ryukyu Disposition”) and 47 years...

Emigrant returns from Brazil after hardship: “Dreams do come true.”

Emigrant returns from Brazil after hardship: “Dreams do come true.”

May 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takaya Kinra

Isa, Ginowan City—Ansaburo Takushi, 76, emigrated to Brazil after the U.S. military seized his land, and later returned to Okinawa.

Takushi recently published an autobiography, titled “Ishihama Land Seizure and the Isahama Immigrants...

71 unused U.S. blank cartridges found on returned NTA land, reminders of military presence

71 unused U.S. blank cartridges found on returned NTA land, reminders of military presence

May 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

While Akino Miyagi was researching insects in Takae, Higashi Village in April this year, he found 71 unused U.S. blank cartridges on April 6 in the vicinity of what was the LZ-FBJ helipad on returned Northern Training Area (NTA) land in Kunigami Village.

Miyagi...

Local fishermen oppose U.S. parachute drop training by Tsukenjima during mozuku peak season

May 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 2 the U.S. military conducted parachute drop training over the ocean at Tsukenjima Training Area in Uruma City.

In the exercise, nine people in total dropped out of an MC-130 special mission aircraft.

This is the second such training conducted...

Rally meets in Tokyo protesting ongoing acts of sexual violence by U.S. military personnel

Rally meets in Tokyo protesting ongoing acts of sexual violence by U.S. military personnel

April 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 29 a rally met at the Bunkyo Civic Center in Tokyo to protest the presence of the U.S. bases and military personnel in Okinawa.

The rally was held in observation of the third anniversary of the rape and murder committed by a former U.S. Marine....

Okinawa prefectural museum starts an exhibition displaying 250 new items

Okinawa prefectural museum starts an exhibition displaying 250 new items

May 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum started their “New Collection Exhibition.”

The exhibition displays about 250 items that were donated or bought in the last year.

The items include human bones of the Minatogawa people,...