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Fisherman Yamashiro: Destroying the forests will kill the ocean

Fisherman Yamashiro: Destroying the forests will kill the ocean

November 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, a protest boat took to the sea for the first time in the protest movement against the U.S. military helipads being constructed in Takae. The protest boat was manned by fisherman Yoshikatsu Yamashiro, age 72. Yamashiro waited on the boat for his friends, who landed their kayaks at the mouth of the Ukagawa River and went to join the protests. Shortly past noon, several protesters could be seen from the boat climbing onto the cliffs aiming for...

 

Petition for Korean victims of Battle of Okinawa to be inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

Petition for Korean victims of Battle of Okinawa to be inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

November 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, Yoshiko Uema, the executive director of “Okinawa Han no kai” an organization that helps families of Korean victims of the Battle of Okinawa, and fukiko okimoto visited the Okinawa Prefectural Government Peace Support and Gender Equality Division....

Chinaberry found to induce “self-eating” in cancer cells

Chinaberry found to induce “self-eating” in cancer cells

November 11, 2016 Hisao Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo

[Nago] On November 10, scientists found that the component in the leaves of chinaberry trees, native to

Okinawa, can induce autophagy in cancer cells, and can ultimately kill the cells. Experts in virus research, Director-General Kuniaki...

Temporary injunction from Naha District Court expected before completion of helipad construction in Takae

Temporary injunction from Naha District Court expected before completion of helipad construction in Takae

November 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first oral proceedings and the second hearing of a case brought to the Naha District Court by 31 residents of Takae, Higashi Village, took place on November 10. The case concerns to the construction of helipads in the Northern Training Area that span Higashi...

Uchinanchu Festival Closing Ceremony saw 15,395 enthusiastically carry on Okinawa’s spirit

Uchinanchu Festival Closing Ceremony saw 15,395 enthusiastically carry on Okinawa’s spirit

October 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 30, the Closing Ceremony and Grand Finale of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival were held at Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha in Naha City, and the festival drew to a close. 15,395 people attended the Closing Ceremony from overseas, other parts of Japan,...

Kiku Nakayama and Sayuri Yoshinaga receive Towa Futurist Awards

Kiku Nakayama and Sayuri Yoshinaga receive Towa Futurist Awards

October 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 27 in Tokyo, an award ceremony for the Towa Futurists Awards, which recognizes individuals and groups that have consistently engaged in grass-roots peace activities, was held. The award winners are two individuals and one group: Kiku Nakayama, president...

Dugong not seen since 2015, possibly due to impact of Oura Bay construction

Dugong not seen since 2015, possibly due to impact of Oura Bay construction

October 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 25, it was learned that the dugong, a natural monument of Japan, has not been observed in Oura Bay since January 2015. The Okinawa Defense Bureau sunk large concrete blocks into the sea off the coast of Henoko, Nago City around that time, and nature...

13,587 people attend the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival from around the world

13,587 people attend the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival from around the world

October 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The opening ceremony of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival took place at the Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha on October 27, kicking off the four-day festival. A total of 13,587 people attended the opening ceremony. The festival lasted until October 30 and...

Young attendees to the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival visit and study Henoko and Takae

Young attendees to the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival visit and study Henoko and Takae

October 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 24, young people of Okinawan heritage in their 20s and 30s from countries around the world visited places shaken by military base issues, namely the ocean at Henoko and the woods in Takae, prior to the opening of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival...

Hawaii’s Ige tells Onaga he is inspired by great participation from abroad in Uchinanchu Festival

Hawaii’s Ige tells Onaga he is inspired by great participation from abroad in Uchinanchu Festival

October 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Governor of Hawaii David Ige visited Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Prefectural Office in the evening on October 26 during his trip to Okinawa to attend the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival. The two confirmed that Okinawa and Hawaii will continue...

Protests in Osaka call for withdrawal of Osaka police from Okinawa after “dojin” remark

Protests in Osaka call for withdrawal of Osaka police from Okinawa after “dojin” remark

October 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 24, a total of around 150 citizens, labor union members and others, both local and from outside Osaka Prefecture, visited the Osaka Prefectural Office and the Osaka Prefectural Police Department headquarters (see photograph) to protest recent events...