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500 people gather in front of Camp Schwab to support Okinawa Governor in court battle with Japan

500 people gather in front of Camp Schwab to support Okinawa Governor in court battle with Japan

December 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government has sued to override Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of a landfill permit to build a new U.S. base in Henoko. A court opening session of oral proceedings was held on December 2 at the Naha branch of Fukuoka High Court. During a rainy morning, about 500 citizens protesting against the new base construction staged a sit-in. The protesters voiced strong support for Governor Onaga.

The sit-in was part of the weekly...

 

Young descendants of emigrants from Okinawa hold ‘first summit meeting’

Young descendants of emigrants from Okinawa hold 'first summit meeting'

November 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of young descendents of Okinawan emigrants gathered for the 1st World Uchinanchu Students Summit held by the World Youth Uchinanchu Association Hokubu Branch on November 22 at Meio University, Nago. About 100 participants, including 30 young people who...

Japanese government responds positively to appeal for Okinawa war damages to be included in nationwide report

Japanese government responds positively to appeal for Okinawa war damages to be included in nationwide report

November 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

When the Japanese government’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications compiled their “Report of Nationwide [WWII] War Damages” from 1997 to 2009, the report left out any mention of damage suffered by Okinawa Prefecture. On the morning of November...

Kenzaburo Oe says relocation to Henoko will resolve nothing

Kenzaburo Oe says relocation to Henoko will resolve nothing

November 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon on November 23, about 740 people gathered at Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Naha to listen to Nobel Prize in Literature 1994 winner Kenzaburo Oe’s lecture titled “Peace from Okinawa: calling democracy into question.” While holding a dialogue with...

2016 Okinawa beauty queens: Okuhama, Morita and Shinzato selected

2016 Okinawa beauty queens: Okuhama, Morita and Shinzato selected

November9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An event to crown the 2016 Miss Okinawa was held hosted by the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) on November 8 at Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.

Anna Okuhama, 23-year-old vocational school student from Ginowan, won Miss Sky Blue, Kumiko...

Greenpeace calls for Oura Bay to be made an ocean sanctuary

Greenpeace calls for Oura Bay to be made an ocean sanctuary

November 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, members of Greenpeace, the international environmental protection organization, visited Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall. The Greenpeace campaign ship Rainbow Warrior’s crew expressed their wish to moor at Nago Fishing Port overnight and...

Naha City makes Honolulu Mayor an Honorary Citizen

Naha City makes Honolulu Mayor an Honorary Citizen

November 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha City selected Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to be international goodwill honorary citizen on November 4.

Honolulu City in Hawaii, the United States, has a sister-city relationship with Naha City. At an award ceremony held at the City Council Main Meeting...

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An old procession from the days of Ryukyu dynasty was held in and around the Shuri-jo Castle Park on January 3, the last day of the 2015 Shuri Castle Festival.

About 250 people dressed in old traditional costumes, with two people playing the roles of king...

Okinawa city celebrates population reaching 140000 people

Okinawa city celebrates population reaching 140000 people

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27, Okinawa city’s population reached 140,000 people. A ceremony to celebrate the milestone was held at Okinawa city municipal office on July 23. About 100 people, including residents, members of the city councils, City staff officers of and parents...

Symposium on Ishigaki Island’s future, independence, base issues, and peace

Symposium on Ishigaki Island’s future, independence, base issues, and peace

October 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 24, in Ishigaki Citizen Hall, the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans (ACSILs) opened a symposium to address peace and Ryukyuan independence. A panel of officials from the Yaeyama Islands and Guam exchanged views...

Karate Day: Over 2,000 people including children perform in Naha

Karate Day: Over 2,000 people including children perform in Naha

October 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 25, in commemoration of Karate Day, which highlights that Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate, events were held at a square in front of Tenbus-kan Hall and in Kokusai Street.

The Okinawa...