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2,200 people mark 45th anniversary of reversion by holding rally to call for an Okinawa without military bases

2,200 people mark 45th anniversary of reversion by holding rally to call for an Okinawa without military bases

May 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Okinawa reached the milestone of 45 years of reversion to Japan from U.S. occupation.
 
Okinawans have aspired to make their islands free of military bases, but have still not realized their dream.

The Japanese government is forcibly constructing a new base in Henoko, Nago, as a part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan.

On May 14, the day before marking the 45th anniversary of reversion,...

 

Commentary – Okinawa public opinion poll on the 45th anniversary of the Okinawa Reversion Agreement focused on bases, casts shadow on Okinawans

May 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takumi Takimoto

As we look towards the 45th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, while approval ratings of the reversion in a recent public opinion poll of Okinawan residents remain high, they are at their lowest point since similar questions began...

Okinawa poll reveals more than 74 percent oppose Henoko relocation, 70 percent consider base concentration “unjust”

May 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 8, ahead of the 45th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty on May 15, Ryukyu Shimpo finished conducting an Okinawa prefectural public opinion poll by telephone. Out of the respondents, those that said the reversion was either “very good”...

44% of Okinawans support Article 9, while 22% favor revision, ambivalent responses increase

May 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the approach of Constitution Memorial Day on May 3, the Ryukyu Shimpo conducted a public opinion poll of Okinawans at the end of April. The poll was conducted by telephone and included questions about the revision of Article 9 of the constitution, including its...

Constitution Rally speaker Hiroji Yamashiro says do not lose heart over Henoko embankment work

Constitution Rally speaker Hiroji Yamashiro says do not lose heart over Henoko embankment work

May 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

To mark 70 years since the constitution came into effect, the May 3 Constitution Rally met in Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park in Koto Ward, Tokyo. According to the organizers 55,000 people attended, pledging to protect the constitution, to support...

Okinawa Prefecture Issues Habu Alert, Cautioning Vacationers

Okinawa Prefecture Issues Habu Alert, Cautioning Vacationers

May1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture issued a habu-bite warning on May 1, as it anticipates increased habu activity as summer kicks off. In recent years, while there has been almost no cases of people dying from a habu bite, each year tens of people are bitten by the viper. There are...

JASDF helicopter misunderstood instructions from air traffic controller at Naha Airport in June 2015

April 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 27, the National Transportation Safety Board released a survey report about a case in June 2015 where a helicopter of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) crossed over the sky ahead of an All Nippon Airways (ANA) aircraft that was taking off, leading...

3,000 take part in protest rally in Henoko for first time since start of sea wall construction, refusing to bow to government pressure

3,000 take part in protest rally in Henoko for first time since start of sea wall construction, refusing to bow to government pressure

April 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 29, in front of the gate of Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago City, a mass rally was held to block construction of new U.S. base. At the rally, participants called for the repeal of the so-called “anti-conspiracy bill” and urged people...

One year after the rape and murder of a woman by a U.S. military contractor, wounds of the victim’s family have yet to heal

One year after the rape and murder of a woman by a U.S. military contractor, wounds of the victim’s family have yet to heal

April 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

We interviewed attorney Naoko Murakami, who represents the family of the deceased in the case of rape and murder of a woman by a U.S. military contractor, which occurred one year ago.

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 ― How are the family doing now?

“From...

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...

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...