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Okinawans abroad lobby for support, endorsed by Nobel laureate

April 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawans in the U.S. and Europe, and Okinawan Americans have newly joined forces as the Global Uchinānchu Alliance. The GUA lobbies members of the U.S. Congress to honor the will of the Okinawan people as evidenced in the prefectural referendum, in regards to the construction of a new military base in Henoko, Nago City. The organization has been endorsed by peace activist Mairead Maguire, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her role in the peaceful...

 

U.S. Osprey from MCAS Futenma makes emergency landing at Osaka International Airport

U.S. Osprey from MCAS Futenma makes emergency landing at Osaka International Airport

April 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Just past 1:55 p.m. on April 1, an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma made an emergency landing at Osaka International (Itami) Airport in Osaka Prefecture. There was no damage to the fuselage, and...

ODB begins soil deposits into new land reclamation section in Henoko at 2:58 p.m. on March 25

ODB begins soil deposits into new land reclamation section in Henoko at 2:58 p.m. on March 25

March 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On March 25 at 2:58 p.m. the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began initial soil deposits into a land reclamation section on the Henoko side of Cape Henoko, as part of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City.

Following...

In an effort to halt land reclamation, Okinawa files lawsuit against Japan, claiming “injunction ending Henoko stoppage is illegal”

In an effort to halt land reclamation, Okinawa files lawsuit against Japan, claiming “injunction ending Henoko stoppage is illegal”

March 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture has filed a lawsuit against Japan March 22 at the Fukuoka High Court Naha Branch naming as defendant Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) Keiichi Ishii, demanding he overturn his injunction ending the efficacy of Okinawa’s...

Nobel laureate Dr. Yamanaka and the new frontier: “Find what you love”

Nobel laureate Dr. Yamanaka and the new frontier: “Find what you love”

March 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinya Yamanaka, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and director of Kyoto University’s Center for IPS Cell Research and Application, gave a talk at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Naha city on March 25.

Yamanaka used simple words to...

Okinawan remains taken early in the Showa era returned from Taiwan University

Okinawan remains taken early in the Showa era returned from Taiwan University

March 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The remains of 63 Okinawans taken from the island by an Imperial University anthropologist in the early Showa era, were finally returned to Okinawa March 20 from the National Taiwan University, where they were being held.

According to the Okinawa Board of...

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...

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...