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Ordinance to regulate sediment from outside Okinawa passes in assembly

Ordinance to regulate sediment from outside Okinawa passes in assembly

July 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed an ordinance to regulate the use of sediment such as soil and stone from outside the prefecture passed in a majority. The ordinance was proposed by the ruling parties. Members of the ruling parties and the New Komeito favored it, while members of the opposition, made up of the Liberal-Democratic Party and Japan Innovation Party, disagreed with it.

The ordinance will be enforced from November 1. It will...

 

HUOA President couple busy for sister-state events

HUOA President couple busy for sister-state events

July 10, 2015 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

From July 10 to 12 on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, the 30th-anniversary of a sister-state affiliation between the State of Hawaii and Okinawa Prefecture was celebrated. Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), which consists of about 40,000...

With irreparable grief, 110 people gather 56 years after US jet fighter crash

With irreparable grief, 110 people gather 56 years after US jet fighter crash

July 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Fifty-six years have passed since a poorly-maintained U.S. F-100 fighter from Kadena Air Base crashed into the residential area and Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa City (currently Uruma City). The bereaved families, a non-profit organization, the Ishikawa...

Okinawa takes steps to make Okinawan cuisine part of cultural heritage

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture’s schools superintendent, Akira Moromizato, announced the start of a study aiming to designate an Okinawan dish as “intangible cultural heritage.” During the plenary session at the prefectural assembly on June 24, he stated, “We would...

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to build facility for children in Kumejima

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to build facility for children in Kumejima

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki is planning to build a community facility for children in Zenda Forest Park of Kumejima. Miyazaki will invest 300 million yen into construction of the facility as a donation to the town. Kumejima Town will provide...

Governor Onaga’s Peace Declaration (Full Text)

Governor Onaga’s Peace Declaration (Full Text)

June 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

June 23 has come for the 70th time.

One of the most ferocious land battles in history occurred in our homeland of Okinawa. More than 200,000 precious lives were sacrificed. We will never be able to forget the sadness of losing our loved ones; our family and...

Naha becomes second city to declare support for LGBTs

June 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Naha will become the second administrative region in Japan to declare support for sexual minorities, also known as LGBT, following Yodogawa District in Osaka. Naha city will make a “City LGBT Support Declaration” on July 19. With the declaration, Naha...

Two historical papers reveal divide and conquer strategies by Meiji Government after Ryukyu Kingdom annexation

Two historical papers reveal divide and conquer strategies by Meiji Government after Ryukyu Kingdom annexation

June 11, 2015 Tsuyoshi Arakaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 10, two Meiji Government documents regarding “the Ryukyu Disposal,” an annexation of the Ryukyu Kingdom by Japan in 1879, were found. One of the documents revealed three strategies used to deal with strong resistance by the...

Japanese government ordered to pay 754 million yen compensation for Futenma noise pollution

Japanese government ordered to pay 754 million yen compensation for Futenma noise pollution

June 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 11, in a lawsuit filed against the Japanese government by 2,178 citizens living near Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the Naha District Court Okinawa Branch (Chief Justice: Tetsuya Fujikura) ordered the government to pay a total of approximately 754 million...

Hawaiian high school students visit to learn about Okinawa

Hawaiian high school students visit to learn about Okinawa

June 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifteen Okinawan Hawaiian high school students met Mitsuo Ageda, Okinawa’s vice-governor and Akira Moromizato, the head of the boards of education, at Okinawa Prefecture Office on June 11. They visited Okinawa on June 6 and are scheduled to stay here for two weeks...

Okinawan Hawaiian youth sets up new group to support HUOA

Okinawan Hawaiian youth sets up new group to support HUOA

June 7, 2015 Hanae Higa Gushiken, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In order to promote activities of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), young Okinawan Hawaiians in their 20s’ to 30s’ have set up a new group called “Shinka.” The group has become the 50th member...