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Gathering before Naha District Court backs Amnesty International’s call for Yamashiro’s release

Gathering before Naha District Court backs Amnesty International’s call for Yamashiro’s release

January 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The detention of chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro, who took on a central role in the movements opposing Henoko base construction and Takae helipad construction, has continued for more than 100 days. He was arrested and indicted on suspicion of obstructing official business by force. On January 30 an emergency gathering to call for his prompt release met in front of Naha District Courthouse.

At this gathering Satoko Norimatsu,...

 

Amnesty International begins international movement calling for the immediate release of imprisoned Okinawan peace movement leader

January 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reporting from Washington D.C.

The international human rights organization Amnesty International began an international campaign calling for the immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro, director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center on January...

Naha Airport’s runway closed for hours after JASDF F15 wheel tire breaks

Naha Airport's runway closed for hours after JASDF F15 wheel tire breaks

January 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of January 30, at Naha Airport, an F-15 belonging to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) got stuck near the southern end of the runway after its nose wheel tire broke. The plane was one of four F-15 Strike Eagle jets taking off to carry out...

Airlines send Okinawan cherry blossoms all around Japan

Airlines send Okinawan cherry blossoms all around Japan

January 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

As the January 21 opening day of Motobu Yaedake cherry blossom festival approached, the Japan Airlines Okinawa branch and Japan Transocean Air sent thirty bundles of Ryukyuan Taiwan cherry blossoms from Yaedake to twenty-two airports across Japan on January...

Committee to hold memorial service for Okinawa-born war dead in Hawaii

Committee to hold memorial service for Okinawa-born war dead in Hawaii

January 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 19, a memorial service will be held for Okinawans who died in a Hawaii POW camp. The committee organizing the service held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Government office and announced the plan to hold the memorial event for Okinawans...

Biodiverse island areas in northern Okinawa nominated for UNESCO World Natural Heritage

January 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 19 at a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial/Agency Co-ordination Committee (IMACC) for World Natural Heritage, the Japanese government decided to formally nominate an area that spans parts of Kagoshima and Okinawa Prefectures as a Natural Heritage candidate...

MOD installs new above-water fencing to keep protest boats out of Henoko construction zone

MOD installs new above-water fencing to keep protest boats out of Henoko construction zone

On January 14, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) of the Ministry of Defense began to install new floats with protuberances on the ocean in relation to the Futenma Air Station relocation plan and the plan to construct a new base in Henoko, Nago. These floats, prepared by the ODB, have protruding rods...

Protest in front of Naha District Court to demand release of Hiroji Yamashiro prior to submission of petition signed by 29,000

Protest in front of Naha District Court to demand release of Hiroji Yamashiro prior to submission of petition signed by 29,000

January 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 16, a prefectural citizens’ organization opposing the relocation of U.S. bases within Okinawa held an emergency protest action in front of the Naha District Court to demand the immediate release of Okinawa Peace Movement Center Director Hiroji Yamashiro,...

Protesters decry “hate speech” on Tokyo MX television program

Protesters decry “hate speech” on Tokyo MX television program

January 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On January 2, Tokyo MX, a local Tokyo television station, aired an episode of its program “News Girls” in which it attacked protesters opposed to the construction of helipads in the northern part of Okinawa Island, calling them terrorists. On the...

Three public figures call for immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro at Tokyo press conference

Three public figures call for immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro at Tokyo press conference

January 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 12 in Tokyo, documentary writer Satoshi Kamata, author Keiko Ochiai, and commentator Makoto Sataka held a press conference calling for the release of Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, who was arrested more than 80 days...

Floats positioned on Oura Bay after 50 people protested against Henoko base

Floats positioned on Oura Bay after 50 people protested against Henoko base

January 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau placed floats around U.S. Camp Schwab on January 6 to advance construction of the new Henoko base, which is part of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. The operation was carried out using heavy machinery on the...