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Japan exploring special measures to obtain civil damages from the U.S. in the 2016 murder of an Okinawan woman

June 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It was announced June 6 that Japan and the U.S. are discussing a proposal to solve an ongoing issue where the U.S. has refused to pay damages to the surviving family of the woman who was raped and murdered by a civilian contractor working on a U.S. military base in 2016.

The proposal concerns a special measure where the U.S. would pay damages to the family, and if the amount does not satisfy what is decided in the final court decision, Japan...

 

“Listen to the voices of the Okinawan citizens,” says former Canadian diplomat

“Listen to the voices of the Okinawan citizens,” says former Canadian diplomat

June 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On June 5, former Canadian diplomat who currently lives in Vancouver, Terry Greenberg, 72, and his wife Yoko Oikawa, 59, attended an at-sea protest for the first time.

The purpose of this protest was to prevent the new base construction that is...

Okinawa Defense Bureau submits Henoko red soil outflow prevention documents to Prefectural Government for review

Okinawa Defense Bureau submits Henoko red soil outflow prevention documents to Prefectural Government for review

June 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuri Shimizu

On June 4, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began notification procedures as set forth in the Okinawa Prefecture Red Soil Prevention Ordinance, which is necessary to perform before depositing soil in the ocean. These soil deposits are part of...

Ten thousand people encircle Japan’s National Diet to protest land reclamation work in Henoko

Ten thousand people encircle Japan’s National Diet to protest land reclamation work in Henoko

May 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

A large-scale citizens’ rally encircling the National Diet called “Don’t Destroy the Beautiful Ocean, Don’t Fill it with Sand” met on May 26, calling for abandonment of Futenma replacement facility construction in Henoko, Nago City. The rally...

Endangered Tern spotted in Henoko

Endangered Tern spotted in Henoko

May 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

An endangered Tern was flying on the ocean in the shining sun. The summer migratory bird called Ajisashi in Japan visits Okinawa during the season to lay eggs. On May 29, multiple Ajisashi were spotted at Oura Bay in Nago city, where the construction of new military...

Sugarcane fields take a hit from a dry rainy season, some villages consider rationing water

Sugarcane fields take a hit from a dry rainy season, some villages consider rationing water

May 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Junko Uechi

Despite beginning its rainy season on May 8, the Okinawa region continues to see very little rain. There was only one day in which it rained heavily on the south-central part of the main island of Okinawa, and that was on May 21. Due to the effects...

Representatives from soil source sites for land reclamation assert solidarity with Okinawa opposing Henoko construction

Representatives from soil source sites for land reclamation assert solidarity with Okinawa opposing Henoko construction

 

May 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The nationwide liaison council Opposition to Soil Hauling, which is comprised of 18 organizations from 12 prefectures containing sites from which soil is being harvested for land reclamation use in Henoko, held a prefectural rally on May...

Johan Galtung advocates that “Okinawa should become the central hub of the East Asian community” at peace symposium

Johan Galtung advocates that “Okinawa should become the central hub of the East Asian community” at peace symposium

May 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – Aoyama...

Large sculpture symbolic of buraku liberation sent from Osaka to its creator in Yomitan

Large sculpture symbolic of buraku liberation sent from Osaka to its creator in Yomitan

 

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 22, the sculpture Kaiho he no Ogari, which had been installed on the wall of the Sumiyoshi North Citizens’ Cultural Exchange Center in Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, was sent back to its sculptor, Minoru Kinjo.

Kinjo had...

Yurika Nakamoto selected to represent Japan in Miss Supranational

Yurika Nakamoto selected to represent Japan in Miss Supranational

 

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Twenty-three-year-old Yurika Nakamoto from Onaha, Nishihara in Okinawa, was selected to represent Japan in the international beauty pageant called Miss Supranational, which will be held in Poland in December.

Nakamoto visited Mayor...

US military proceed with vehicle air-drop training at Ie airfield despite calls to stop

 

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

U.S. marines in Okinawa conducted training to drop vehicles and soldiers from an airplane at Ie airfield on Ie Island, Okinawa, on May 22.

According to Ie village, the dropped vehicles and soldiers landed on the airfield, and no...