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Twice-adopted U.S. singer-songwriter returns to Okinawa after 27 years

Twice-adopted U.S. singer-songwriter returns to Okinawa after 27 years

 

May 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

 

“Dear Okinawan mom in heaven, thank you for making me your daughter.

” Crystal Joy Kinjyo (English name Teesa Houston), age 30, is a vocalist, singer, and songwriter of KOLAJ, a band that is based in Los Angeles.

She had grown up in the United States not knowing that she had been adopted twice in Okinawa.

Now that she has a career as a professional musician, Crystal decided to spend time...

 

Iriomote Cat killed in traffic accident on Iriomote island for third time this year

Iriomote Cat killed in traffic accident on Iriomote island for third time this year

 

May 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

An Iriomote cat, one of Japan’s protected species, was found dead on prefectural route 215 in Taketomi town on Iriomote Island around 6:00 AM on May 4. The cause of death is thought to be by traffic accident, and it is the third case its...

Prefectural citizens’ rally gathers 3500 people protesting military base reinforcement

Prefectural citizens’ rally gathers 3500 people protesting military base reinforcement

 

May 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In the afternoon on May 13 at Ginowan Seaside Park’s Outdoor Theater, the 5/15 Peace March Action Committee and the Okinawa Peace Movement Center held a prefectural citizens’ rally to protect peace and life.

In commemoration...

Born before Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Michiko Oshiro will be reunited with her ex-Marine father at his grave

Born before Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Michiko Oshiro will be reunited with her ex-Marine father at his grave

 

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hiroshi Massaki

 

A woman began searching for her estranged father, an ex-U.S. Marine, 30 years after she was separated from him shortly after birth in 1969, just before the reversion of Okinawa to Japan.

Her name is Michiko...

IUCN defers site spanning Kagoshima and Okinawa nominated for Natural World Heritage status

IUCN defers site spanning Kagoshima and Okinawa nominated for Natural World Heritage status

 

May 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

In the early morning on May 4 in Japan, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an advisory body to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), deferred the Japanese government’s...

Okinawa International School starts offering Shimakutuba classes

Okinawa International School starts offering Shimakutuba classes

 

May 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa International School in Sobe, Naha City, began offering Shimakutuba classes this academic year.

The class is available to all 132 students of the elementary and junior high school.

School Director Masato...

Commandant Neller ignores history of land taken by U.S. military saying, “there were no people living” near Futenma when it was built

Commandant Neller ignores history of land taken by U.S. military saying, “there were no people living” near Futenma when it was built

 

May 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reporting

 

On May 2 the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps (CMC) General Robert B. Neller spoke about Futenma Air Station, located in Ginowan City, Okinawa. He said, “Futenma Air...

Okinawa’s distant islands face a grave situation as hazardous waste washing ashore from overseas threatens island ecosystems

Okinawa’s distant islands face a grave situation as hazardous waste washing ashore from overseas threatens island ecosystems

 

May 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

 

On the shores of Okinawa’s Yaeyama archipelago, Miyako Island, and Yonaguni Island, waste that contains hazardous materials such as vacuum tubes that contains substances like mercury and polyethylene waste containers...

71 years after the enactment of the Japanese constitution, assemblies take place all over Okinawa regarding the Article 9

71 years after the enactment of the Japanese constitution, assemblies take place all over Okinawa regarding the Article 9

 

May 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The “2018 Constitution Lecture Series” was held May 3, the anniversary of the enactment of the Japanese constitution, at Ginowan Community Center (hosted by The Okinawa Constitutional Association, the Okinawa Human Rights Association,...

Sea turtle found around new military base in Henoko

Sea turtle found around new military base in Henoko

 

May 2, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A sea turtle was found swimming in the ocean around Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago City where a new military base is under construction.

 

Crushed stones continued to be poured in the ocean at the K4 site where bank protection...

Prefectural rally of 1500 people gathers in Henoko to observe Okinawa’s day of humiliation and protest persistent issues

Prefectural rally of 1500 people gathers in Henoko to observe Okinawa’s day of humiliation and protest persistent issues

 

April 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

April 28 marked 66 years since the day in 1952 that the San Francisco Peace Treaty came into effect and separated Okinawa from Japanese sovereignty, known to Okinawans as a day of humiliation.

A group pledging to never forget this...