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Naha District Court rules Japanese government not liable for war acts committed under the Meiji constitution

January 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 23, a judge at the Naha District Court made a ruling in a lawsuit calling for an apology by the national government and 11 million yen per plaintiff in damages instituted by 44 plaintiffs comprising Okinawan survivors of battle in the south sea islands of Saipan and Tinian and in the Philippines, and their family members.

Judge Junko Kenmotsu dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims on the grounds that the current government owes no responsibility...

 

Nago City Board of Education to conduct archeological survey in February on Henoko Peninsula, possible affecting base construction

Nago City Board of Education to conduct archeological survey in February on Henoko Peninsula, possible affecting base construction

January 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shohei Tsukazaki

 

 

The Nago Board of Education (BoE) and the Okinawa BoE decided January 25 to conduct a cultural asset survey starting in February on the land portion of the “Nagasaki Kaneku Scattered Artifact Zone” located...

Four young men who vandalized Chibichiri-gama set up 12 Buddha statues

Four young men who vandalized Chibichiri-gama set up 12 Buddha statues

 

January 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

Between January 23 and 25, the four young men who vandalized Chibichiri-gama vistied the site with their probation officers as part of their probation program.

They assembled Buddha statues by attaching face and...

October 2017 U.S. helicopter accident site’s soil contains toxic substances including benzene

October 2017 U.S. helicopter accident site’s soil contains toxic substances including benzene

 

January 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ayako Sakaguchi

 

It came to Ryukyu Shimpo’s attention on January 21 that toxic substances such as the carcinogen benzene are present on the site where a CH-53E U.S. military helicopter went up in flames and came to the ground...

Ishiagaki residents’ rally of 400 says fervent “NO” to GSDF deployment on Ishigaki Island

January 19, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 18 the residents’ liaison association to oppose militarization of Ishigaki held a citizens’ rally at Ishigaki Citizen Hall to ask that the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) not be deployed to Ishigaki Island.

According to the organizers...

Futenma elementary school’s yearly evacuation drill assumes a U.S. military aircraft crash

Futenma elementary school’s yearly evacuation drill assumes a U.S. military aircraft crash

 

January 19, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 18, the Futenma Daini Elementary School conducted an evacuation drill assuming a situation in which a U.S. military aircraft approaches the airspace over the school.

With evaluators stationed by the Okinawa Defense...

Another MCAS Futenma helicopter emergency landing, this time in Yomitan Village

Another MCAS Futenma helicopter emergency landing, this time in Yomitan Village

 

anuary 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On January 8 around 4:45 p.m. an AH-1 attack helicopter from MCAS Futenma made an emergency landing on the grounds of the Hijagawa administrative group waste disposal facility in Gima, Yomitan Village. People working in the fields nearby...

Ikei citizens to protest this month after U.S. Military helicopter makes emergency landing

Ikei citizens to protest this month after U.S. Military helicopter makes emergency landing

 

January 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Uruma, Ikei Island) A UH-1 U.S. military helicopter from MCAS Futenma made an...

Solemn New Year’s celebration held at the Shuri Castle

Solemn New Year’s celebration held at the Shuri Castle

January 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

An event called Shinshun no Utage or New Year’s Banquet was held at Shuri Castle in Naha on January 1.

 

Three scenes from the Chouhaiokishiki or Imperial Court New Year’s morning ceremony from the Ryukyu Kingdom...

Takae representatives vote to return helicopter accident-related gratitude letter to U.S. military

 

December 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On December 23 at a meeting of Takae’s ward representatives, they unanimously decided to return the letter of gratitude that the U.S. military delivered in regard to the U.S. helicopter that made an emergency landing and burst into...

Defense at Yamashiro’s trial claims Japanese government should face discrimination charges

Defense at Yamashiro’s trial claims Japanese government should face discrimination charges

 

December 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The public trial for Okinawa Peace Movement Center Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro and two others was held at Naha District Court on December 20 (Judge Toshihiro Shibata presiding).

The accused are facing charges including forcible...