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Naha District Court rules arrest of author Shun Medoruma during anti-base protest was illegal

Naha District Court rules arrest of author Shun Medoruma during anti-base protest was illegal

March 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

In April 2016 the Akutagawa Prize-winning author Shun Medoruma was captured by the United States military during his participation in protest activities against construction of the new base in Henoko, Nago City.

Medoruma was subjected to violations of his human rights and of the Constitution, including being detained for eight hours by the U.S. military and arrested by the Nakagusuku Coast Guard.

On the morning of March 19 in the...

 

10,000-person rally in Naha calls for honoring of the referendum result and abandonment of the Henoko base construction

10,000-person rally in Naha calls for honoring of the referendum result and abandonment of the Henoko base construction

March 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 16, the All Okinawa Coalition to Prevent Construction of a New Base in Henoko held a rally called “No soil dumping! 3/16 Okinawan people’s rally to protect the dugong and coral and demand a stop to the Henoko new base construction” at the Naha Shintoshin...

Vietnamese man gives tearful thanks 36 years after being rescued off the coast of Vietnam by a high school fishing training vessel, says ship “saved his life”

Vietnamese man gives tearful thanks 36 years after being rescued off the coast of Vietnam by a high school fishing training vessel, says ship “saved his life”

March 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hiroe Nakagawa

“I want to say my thanks to the people of Okinawa who saved my life.

Not a day goes by where I forget what you did for me.” Masakazu Minami (50, Vietnamese name: John Tai Tuan Vin), who runs a Vietnamese restaurant in Tokyo,...

Ryukyu Disposition Symposium: the 140 years since colonialism

Ryukyu Disposition Symposium: the 140 years since colonialism

March 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

ACSILs, The Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans, held its 21st open symposium on March 10 at the Ginowan City Community Hall, titled: “Investigating the 140 Years Since Yamato State’s Annexation of the Ryukyu Kingdom (Known...

Fujian Province presents Okinawa with lion statues to celebrate their friendship

Fujian Province presents Okinawa with lion statues to celebrate their friendship

March 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 11, an unveiling ceremony was held at the Bankoku Shinryokan facility in Kise, Nago for lion statues given to Okinawa Prefecture by China’s Fujian Province, which is a sister province of Okinawa.

The two statues are made of crocidolite from southern...

FRF construction to take at least 13 years, subsequent land subsidence may incur lasting costs

FRF construction to take at least 13 years, subsequent land subsidence may incur lasting costs

 

March 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Manato Akira and Sumire Shimaoka

 

Facts demonstrating that the issue of soft ground in Oura Bay will lengthen the construction period of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, have been coming...

Mass protest held outside Prime Minister’s office: “Don’t bury Okinawa”

Mass protest held outside Prime Minister’s office: “Don’t bury Okinawa”

March 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On March 1, a demonstration named “#0301 Don’t Bury Okinawa: Tokyo Mass Protest” was held in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo.

The demonstration was held in the wake of a prefectural referendum in Okinawa, for which voting commenced...

Constitutional scholar says central government obligated to pursue relocation outside Okinawa

Constitutional scholar says central government obligated to pursue relocation outside Okinawa

February 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 27 the constitutional scholar and professor emeritus at Keio University, Setsu Kobayashi, spoke with the Ryukyu Shimpo about the results of the prefectural referendum on February 24 which asked Okinawans to vote “yes,” “no,”...

Okinawans protest the Japanese government’s forceful land reclamation work, ask “Is this democratic nation?” as 43,000 resolution votes opposing the construction go ignored

Okinawans protest the Japanese government’s forceful land reclamation work, ask “Is this democratic nation?” as 43,000 resolution votes opposing the construction go ignored

February 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

[Henoko Base Problem News Crew]The Japanese government continues to force through new base construction at Henoko, part of the relocation of MCAS Futenma, just one day after a resolution vote was held in Okinawa in which over 43,000 people voted...

U.S. military conducts second parachute drop training of 2019 despite opposition

U.S. military conducts second parachute drop training of 2019 despite opposition

February 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Around 5:18 p.m. on February 21 the U.S. military carried out parachute drop training at Kadena Air Base.

This is the second such training this year, following the training on January 23. Kadena Town and Chatan Town received notification...

Over 72 percent of respondents vote “no” to land reclamation in prefectural referendum, more than one-fourth of all registered voters in Okinawa

Over 72 percent of respondents vote “no” to land reclamation in prefectural referendum, more than one-fourth of all registered voters in Okinawa

February 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, a prefectural referendum was held asking Okinawan voters about their approval or disapproval of the land reclamation work as part of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) taking place on the shore portion of Camp Schwab.

According...