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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 involved in environmental issues, peace, and international cooperation in Japan and abroad. An event was held in Tokyo to mark the network’s establishment. Its goal is to oppose the new base construction...

 

Religious parties unite to oppose Abe’s controversial security bills

Religious parties unite to oppose Abe's controversial security bills

August 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 19, Christians, Buddhists, Kaminchu or Okinawan shaman and other religious people in Okinawa announced a joint statement against new security laws. “The Joint Objection Statement against Security-Related Laws” has been supported by three hundred...

Okinawa Churashima Foundation wins top honour at Kuala Lumpur Orchid & Bonsai Show

Okinawa Churashima Foundation wins top honour at Kuala Lumpur Orchid & Bonsai Show

August 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Churashima Foundation’s won the top honour in the display section at the Kuala Lumpur Orchid & Bonsai Show 2015. With an Okinawa-themed display, the foundation impressed judges of the International Display first prize (Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s...

Shinugu animistic festival held for a good crop and perfect health

Shinugu animistic festival held for a good crop and perfect health

August 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinugu, which is designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset of Japan, was held in Ada, Kunigami Village on the afternoon of August 15. In the fitful rain, local men crowned with grassy headwear and covered with leaves climbed up a mountain to become...

People gather at 11th anniversary of US helicopter crash on Okinawa International University

People gather at 11th anniversary of US helicopter crash on Okinawa International University

August 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eleven years ago, a CH-53D Stallion helicopter from the Futenma Air Station crashed onto Okinawa International University on August 13. A gathering was held at the university on August 13 at around 2 p.m., the same time the accident occurred, to reflect on Okinawa...

Peace prayers for Tsushima Maru Victims at Memorial Service on the Ocean

Peace prayers for Tsushima Maru Victims at Memorial Service on the Ocean

August 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kiyoshi Uehara, an 81-years old survivor from the Tsushima Maru ship that was sunk in 1944 by the US military while carrying school children evacuating the expected battle, conducted a memorial service on the ocean. The ceremony was conducted around the offshore...

US military parachute drop training: Ie Mayor requests Defense Bureau to take stricter safety measure

US military parachute drop training: Ie Mayor requests Defense Bureau to take stricter safety measure

August 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. soldier landed on a field outside a fence around the military facility on Ie Island during a parachute drop training on August 5.

Ie Village Mayor Hideyuki Shimabukuro and the Village Assembly Chairman Yoshinori Shimabukuro met with Deputy Director...

Kenzaburo Oe sends heartfelt support for fight in Henoko

Kenzaburo Oe sends heartfelt support for fight in Henoko

August 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently, Kenzaburo Oe, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, sent to the Ryukyu Shimpo a letter about his engagement with Okinawa over many years and about the new military base being built to replace MCAS Futenma. Regarding the situation in Henoko, Nago City,...

Futami residents demand government stop new US base construction and respect letter from UN Environment Programme

Futami residents demand government stop new US base construction and respect letter from UN Environment Programme

July 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 30, residents of Teima, Nago and the Association of Residents of the Districts North of Futami demanded the Ministries of Environment, Foreign Affairs and Defense stop construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. They sent a letter highlighting that the...

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...

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...