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US documentary filmmaker Regis Tremblay conveys harm caused by military bases

US documentary filmmaker Regis Tremblay conveys harm caused by military bases

July 29, 2015 Rykyu Shimpo

On July 27, Regis Tremblay, 70, a documentary filmmaker from Maine, United States, visited Henoko, Nago for the first time. There, he went out on a boat with citizens protesting against the construction of a new base and observed the construction work being carried out, as well as the protests against it. Tremblay took footage of the protesters raising their voices in opposition to the new base as they were closely monitored by Okinawa Defense Bureau and Japan...

 

Leader of movement for Okinawa’s reversion to Japan passes away

Leader of movement for Okinawa's reversion to Japan passes away

July 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 7:25 p.m. on July 25, Satoru Nakasone, who led the movement for Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, passed away at his home in Okinawa City at the age of 88 due to visceral malfunction.

Nakasone was from former Misato village (now Okinawa City). A memorial...

World’s First Technique to Identify Fish Species from a Bucket of Water

July 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Churashima Foundation in Motobu Town collaborated with Chief Researcher Masaki Miya from the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba and five university research groups to develop a technique to identify what species of fish are living in specific...

Showcase of 10,000 fireworks at Ocean Expo Park

Showcase of 10,000 fireworks at Ocean Expo Park

July 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 18, the Ocean Expo Park held its 37th fireworks display at the park in Motobu. About 41,300 people enjoyed the event, watching 10,000 fireworks in the midsummer evening sky.

Fireworks featuring dolphin and sea turtle configurations were released for...

Memorial service held for Okinawan immigrants killed in Davao during World War II

Memorial service held for Okinawan immigrants killed in Davao during World War II

July 26, 2015 Masatoshi Omine of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Davao City

The Okinawa Davao Association held a memorial service on July 26 at the Monument of Okinawa in the former Japanese Cemetery of the Mintal district in Davao, the Philippines.

Davao in Mindanao was a fierce battle area...

Naha city makes LGBT City Support Declaration

Naha city makes LGBT City Support Declaration

July 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pink Dot Okinawa, an event promoting a society more accepting of sexual minorities, also known as LGBT, was held at the Tenbusu Square in Makishi, Naha on July 19. For the event, Naha City Government made a “Rainbow Naha Declaration,” which set out the...

Collectable stamps of the Iriomote wild cat to help raise funds for its protection

Collectable stamps of the Iriomote wild cat to help raise funds for its protection

July 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 17, the Japan Post Network Okinawa Branch released sets of Iriomote wild cat original stamps. The launch of the new stamps onto the market commemorates the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the animal, a special national treasure, which is found only on...

New damage found on coral in Oura Bay possibly due to Henoko relocation plan

New damage found on coral in Oura Bay possibly due to Henoko relocation plan

July 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is carrying out preparation work in Oura Bay for construction of a new U.S. base that would replace the Futenma air base in Ginowan. On July 16, members of Diving Team Rainbow of the Helicopter Base Objection Association confirmed newly damaged...

Hawaii-Okinawa photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre

Hawaii-Okinawa photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre

July 9, 2015 Shoichiro Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Hawaii

The Ryukyu Shimpo launched the Hawaii-Okinawa Press Photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre in Oahu Island on July 8. The exhibition was held ahead of the Ryukyu Shimpo’s forum called “Kizuna Ichimadhin Future...

New Yorkers gather to protest against new base construction in Henoko

New Yorkers gather to protest against new base construction in Henoko

July 13, 2015 Yoshiharu Higa, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In a gentle rain in the morning of June 30, a protest rally against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko was held at Union Square Park in New York. In the lead up to Okinawa Memorial Day, participants carrying...

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...