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Arrests of US service members for drunk driving rise 45%

December 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

One year has passed since the U.S. military in Japan revised its ‘liberty policy’, the code of conduct for the U.S. service members and civilian employees in Okinawa, and allowed staying out and drinking off base during off-duty hours.

According to the Okinawa Prefectural Police, 42 U.S. service members were arrested for driving while drunk for the period between December 9, 2014 and December 8, 2015. The figure rose 44.8 percent over the same...

 

Veterans for Peace protest in solidarity at Henoko: “No New Bases in Henoko or Takae”

Veterans for Peace protest in solidarity at Henoko: “No New Bases in Henoko or Takae”

December 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of December 11, eleven members of Veterans for Peace (VFP), an organization made up of U.S. military veterans, joined the sit-in protest in front of the Camp Schwab gate. Citizen protests continue here daily in opposition to the planned relocation...

300 Christmas cakes presented to Okinawa welfare organizations

300 Christmas cakes presented to Okinawa welfare organizations

December 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Confectionery Association led by Chairman Tsunemitsu Heianna gifted 300 handmade Christmas cakes to the 72 social welfare organizations in Okinawa on December 3. A ceremony was held at the Okinawa Prefecture General Welfare Center in Shuri, Naha to...

Okinawa asks Japan to inspect Camp Schwab for human remains

December 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the regular meeting of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly on December 3, Takeshi Kinjo of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) said there is a high possibility that the remains of those who died in what used to be Ourasaki camp, which is currently located...

500 people gather in front of Camp Schwab to support Okinawa Governor in court battle with Japan

500 people gather in front of Camp Schwab to support Okinawa Governor in court battle with Japan

December 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government has sued to override Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of a landfill permit to build a new U.S. base in Henoko. A court opening session of oral proceedings was held on December 2 at the Naha branch of Fukuoka High Court....

Young descendants of emigrants from Okinawa hold ‘first summit meeting’

Young descendants of emigrants from Okinawa hold 'first summit meeting'

November 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of young descendents of Okinawan emigrants gathered for the 1st World Uchinanchu Students Summit held by the World Youth Uchinanchu Association Hokubu Branch on November 22 at Meio University, Nago. About 100 participants, including 30 young people who...

Japanese government responds positively to appeal for Okinawa war damages to be included in nationwide report

Japanese government responds positively to appeal for Okinawa war damages to be included in nationwide report

November 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

When the Japanese government’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications compiled their “Report of Nationwide [WWII] War Damages” from 1997 to 2009, the report left out any mention of damage suffered by Okinawa Prefecture. On the morning of November...

Kenzaburo Oe says relocation to Henoko will resolve nothing

Kenzaburo Oe says relocation to Henoko will resolve nothing

November 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon on November 23, about 740 people gathered at Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Naha to listen to Nobel Prize in Literature 1994 winner Kenzaburo Oe’s lecture titled “Peace from Okinawa: calling democracy into question.” While holding a dialogue with...

2016 Okinawa beauty queens: Okuhama, Morita and Shinzato selected

2016 Okinawa beauty queens: Okuhama, Morita and Shinzato selected

November9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An event to crown the 2016 Miss Okinawa was held hosted by the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) on November 8 at Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.

Anna Okuhama, 23-year-old vocational school student from Ginowan, won Miss Sky Blue, Kumiko...

Greenpeace calls for Oura Bay to be made an ocean sanctuary

Greenpeace calls for Oura Bay to be made an ocean sanctuary

November 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, members of Greenpeace, the international environmental protection organization, visited Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall. The Greenpeace campaign ship Rainbow Warrior’s crew expressed their wish to moor at Nago Fishing Port overnight and...

Naha City makes Honolulu Mayor an Honorary Citizen

Naha City makes Honolulu Mayor an Honorary Citizen

November 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha City selected Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to be international goodwill honorary citizen on November 4.

Honolulu City in Hawaii, the United States, has a sister-city relationship with Naha City. At an award ceremony held at the City Council Main Meeting...