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Okinawans call for Kadena Air Base removal on anniversary of murder victim’s disappearance

Okinawans call for Kadena Air Base removal on anniversary of murder victim’s disappearance

April 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On the morning of April 28, the Kadena Peace Action group, which is demanding the closure and removal of Kadena Air Base, held a protest gathering in front of the base’s gates 1 through 5. Participants dedicated a minute a silence to the woman who went missing in Uruma City on April 28, 2016 exactly one year ago, and was later found to have been the victim of assault and murder by a U.S. serviceman.

About 50 people gathered in front of...

 

Government of Japan forces through laying stones for Henoko embankment work

Government of Japan forces through laying stones for Henoko embankment work

April 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 25, the Japanese government began embankment work in Henoko, Nago as the first stage of land reclamation work for Futenma Air Station’s replacement facility. At 9:20 a.m., workers began lowering crushed stones into the water by crane.

The...

Citizen protesting against new base construction saves baby turtle in Oura Bay

Citizen protesting against new base construction saves baby turtle in Oura Bay

April 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 14, in Oura Bay, Nago City, Tadashi Shimabukuro, 56, a member of the canoe team staging a protest against the construction of a new U.S. base, saved a sick green turtle.

According to Shimabukuro, the green turtle floated on the surface of the sea...

Discovery of new orchid in Yambaru reported in international journal

Discovery of new orchid in Yambaru reported in international journal

April 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Lecturer at the Kobe University graduate school of science Kenji Suetsugu has discovered two new orchid species in the forest of northern Okinawa. The species were named “yambaru yatsushiro ran” and “tsutsuzaki yatsushiro ran.” Suetsugu discovered the orchids...

“Money is temporary but sorrow continues for 200 years,” say citizens against new base construction in Henoko

April 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 10, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) conducted maritime work towards construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, which is part of the plan to move the U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan.

In front of the gate of Camp...

Report submitted to UN requesting return of Ryukyuan remains

April 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 6, the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans (ACSILs) disclosed that they had submitted to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights a report requesting that Japanese researchers return the remains...

Long lost father and daughter meet after 55 years

Long lost father and daughter meet after 55 years

April 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Fumiaki Jahana and Chota Takamine

On April 4, at a hotel in Okinawa City, Sally Rudd, 55, who lives in Brisbane, Australia met her father, Yoshinori Shimabukuro, 84, for the first time in 55 years. Rudd’s father, who is from Kumejima, Okinawa and now...

Scientific discovery on crown-of-thorns starfish communication could alleviate coral damage

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University and an Australian research team sequenced the genomes of crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) that live in Okinawa and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The researchers also found that...

114 noise complaints filed to US military in Higashi

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Higashi village representative council’s regular meeting, it was announced that noise complaints filed against US military aircrafts went up to 114 cases between April 1, 2016 to March 14, 2017. This is twice the number of complaints in the previous year....

Ex-governor Ota nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Ex-governor Ota nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

April 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masahide Ota, ex-governor of Okinawa, has been nominated as a candidate for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The, “Continuing the spirit of ‘life itself is treasure,’ bringing the Nobel Peace Prize to the Okinawan people who lay the foundation for peace,” executive...

Hamaui held on beaches

Hamaui held on beaches

March 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On March 30, which is March 3 in the lunar calendar, Okinawan beaches were crowded with families and people enjoying shellfish gathering. Mitsue Ishikawa, who is from Ginowan City visited the beach at Yagaji, Nago with her daughter and granddaughter, and gathered...