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Both Governors swear new era of exchange on 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa Sister-State Relationship

Both Governors swear new era of exchange on 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa Sister-State Relationship

October 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 30th anniversary ceremony of a sister-state affiliation between Okinawa and Hawaii was held on the evening of October 9 at the Loisir Hotel & Spa Tower Naha in Naha.

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Hawaii Governor David Ige expressed gratitude towards their predecessors who have passed down a long-standing human bond. It has been more than 100 years since the first Uchinanchu immigrants moved to Hawaii in 1900.

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University presidents in Okinawa ask for halt on US military flights

University presidents in Okinawa ask for halt on US military flights

October 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten presidents of universities, colleges and a technical junior college in Okinawa sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister at the end of September, asking for halt of the flight of U.S. military aircraft over the campuses.

They will...

Civilian victims of Battle of Okinawa file PTSD medical certificate in damage suit against government

Civilian victims of Battle of Okinawa file PTSD medical certificate in damage suit against government

October 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 30, a trial hearing of a case involving 79 survivors and survival family members embroiled in the Battle of Okinawa has concluded at Naha District Court. The plaintiffs filed for damages against the Japanese government. The decision will be given on...

Shuri Castle Festival: Iraha elected for role of new King, Ikeda as queen.

Shuri Castle Festival: Iraha elected for role of new King, Ikeda as queen.

September 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A contest to select the king and queen for the Shuri Castle Festival 2015 was held at a hotel in Naha. The Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park hosts this event annually.

Thirty-four-year-old Takahito Iraha was elected as the new king and twenty-one-year-old...

Okinawa’s higher education institutions do not apply for MOD national security research funds

September 24, 2015 Tomoki Yasutomi of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense has announced its intention to grant research funds (with an annual maximum of 30,000,000 yen) as part of a system toward investigating the practicality of applying military technology to counter small drone and cyber...

GPS shows sea turtle drifted from Saipan to Kunigami

GPS shows sea turtle drifted from Saipan to Kunigami

September 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A female green turtle, an endangered species, was found dead at Iji, Kunigami, after having laid eggs in Saipan. Sea turtles drifting 2,000 kilometers from Saipan to Japan is a rare event....

Etsuko Abe to raise awareness nationwide of soil issues related to Henoko landfill

Etsuko Abe to raise awareness nationwide of soil issues related to Henoko landfill

September 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Mizu Plaza in Omoromachi, Naha, Etsuko Abe, an interim co-representative of the nationwide liaison council Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling and co-representative of the Pan-Seto Inland Sea Congress, opened a meeting of the aforementioned...

Okinawa youth group protests security bill and new US base

Okinawa youth group protests security bill and new US base

August 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 23, at a park in Chatan, youth group SEALDs RYUKYU held a protest rally against the government’s security-related bills and the construction of a New U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. About 500 University students took part in the rally. They voiced their...

OIST accepts 24 students from 15 countries

OIST accepts 24 students from 15 countries

September 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 1, The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) held an enrollment ceremony for doctoral students at the school, which is located in the Tancha district of Onna. The fourth batch of students is made up of twenty-four...

Hiroji Yamashiro says opposition movement will not lose the fight for Henoko

Hiroji Yamashiro says opposition movement will not lose the fight for Henoko

August 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroji Yamashiro, a leading figure in the opposition movement continuing in front of Camp Schwab, Henoko, against construction of the new base, and chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, was released from hospital on the 26th of this month. He has been...

NGO network formed to protect Henoko and Takae

NGO network formed to protect Henoko and Takae

August 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 26, fourteen NGOs and citizens’ groups established the “Protect Henoko and Takae! NGO Network.” Among the groups participating in the network were FoE Japan, Greenpeace Japan, Ramsar Network Japan, Peace Boat, and other groups and organizations...