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Asbestos victim’s lawsuit: government to pay 18.75 million yen to family of Okinawan worker on U.S. military base

March 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government and the bereaved family of an Okinawan man who worked at the U.S. base and died of asbestos exposure agreed to a settlement proposed by the Naha District Court on March 27. The government will pay 18.75 million yen to the family of the victim. The victim worked at the U.S. base before and after Okinawa was returned to Japanese sovereignty. This is the second case involving an asbestos victim’s bereaved family where the government has had...

 

Over 10,000 people sign online petition against Henoko landfill

March 23, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Washington D.C.

As of March 22, more than 10,000 people had signed an online petition against the Henoko landfill. Prominent intellectuals from Australia, the United States and Europe have called for the governments of the United States and Japan...

Conference on the secret to Okinawan longevity held in Hawaii

Conference on the secret to Okinawan longevity held in Hawaii

March 24, 2014 Chikako Nago, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Uchinanchu Talk Story IV was held on March 9 at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii. This is the fourth time the organizers have held the conference. The previous conferences focused on the themes of the spirit of...

Letters and lists of gift items sent by Ryukyu Kings to the Edo government recommended for inclusion in Important Cultural Properties of Japan

Letters and lists of gift items sent by Ryukyu Kings to the Edo government recommended for inclusion in Important Cultural Properties of Japan

March 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Valuable documents revealing Ryukyu Kings’ ties to the Edo government may soon be on Tokyo’s list of important cultural properties. A collection of letters and gift-lists presented by the Ryukyu Kingdom to the elders of Edo was recommended for inclusion...

DNA analysis identifies human remains in the Battle of Okinawa

DNA analysis identifies human remains in the Battle of Okinawa

March 13, 2014 Ryuyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has carried out DNA analysis on the human remains that were found in Maeda district of Urasoe last July. The ministry identified the remains and found the bereaved family on March 12. The human remains belong to a Japanese...

One-thousand member committee criticizes government’s reinterpretation of Constitution

One-thousand member committee criticizes government's reinterpretation of Constitution

March 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an attempt to prevent the reinterpreting of Japan’s Constitution by the Abe administration to be able to defend allies who come under attack, on March 4, distinguished intellectuals set up a group called the “1000-member committee to prevent Japan...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama to set up Okinawa office of think tank

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama to set up Okinawa office of think tank

March 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The East Asian Community Institute, for which former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is president, will open an office in Naha, Okinawa next week. “I want to explore potential ways to resolve the Futenma issue,” Hatoyama said in an interview with the Ryukyu...

US Air Force F-15 resumes flying after the accident involving a windshield falling

US Air Force F-15 resumes flying after the accident involving a windshield falling

March 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

As of 8:40 a.m. March 10, Kadena Air Base has resumed flights of F-15 fighters. The base had stopped flying the aircraft because it made an emergency landing with its windshield having fallen off on March 4.

Three F-15 fighters took off at 8:40 a.m., and...

Okinawa to take measures against crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks with an Australian research institute

Okinawa to take measures against crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks with an Australian research institute

March 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government and Australian Marine Science Research Institute held a partnership signing ceremony at the prefectural office building on March 5. They agreed to deal with crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks, which are a common problem in both...

Okinawan High School students discuss peace in different cultures

Okinawan High School students discuss peace in different cultures

March 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first Children Peace Conference was held in Okinawa Shogaku High School in Naha on March 8. About 60 students discussed understanding different cultures and promoting mutual peace.

The participants focused on problems with Turkish immigration in Germany...

U.S. Marine helicopter fails in landing on U.S.S. Denver

U.S. Marine helicopter fails in landing on U.S.S. Denver

March 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At night on March 5, an AH-1W helicopter, which belongs to the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, failed in its landing on the deck of U.S.S. Denver during training off the east coast of Okinawa’s main island. The right skid of the helicopter collapsed. In...