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Levels of Agent Orange ingredients found in Okinawa City exceed Environmental Quality Standard

Levels of Agent Orange ingredients found in Okinawa City exceed Environmental Quality Standard

August 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau detected dioxin and other harmful ingredients inside the barrels found at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City. The levels found exceeded the Environmental Quality Standard set by the Japanese government.

The Okinawa City Government released the results of their investigation on July 31.
They detected dioxin in fouling material at a level 8.4 times the normal standard for soil, and in...

 

Film Director Oliver Stone urges Okinawans to wage nonviolent struggle

Film Director Oliver Stone urges Okinawans to wage nonviolent struggle

August 4, 2013 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

In his interview with the Ryukyu Shimpo, referring to the issue of U.S. military bases on Okinawa, film director Oliver Stone suggested that people should raise their voices to change the situation. Looking back on U.S. diplomatic history, he...

DNA testing identifies Japanese soldier killed in Battle of Okinawa

July 25 2013, Ryukyu Shimpo

A DNA test carried out by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has identified remains found at Makabi, Naha, as those of a soldier from Tokyo killed in the Battle of Okinawa. The Ministry revealed this on July 24. It has conducted DNA analysis of remains of...

Lack of rain damages sugarcane and vegetables in Okinawa

Lack of rain damages sugarcane and vegetables in Okinawa

July 20, 2013

The lack of rain in Okinawa has begun to damage crops such as sugarcane and leafy vegetables. Ongoing hot weather in other areas of Japan has seen the price of vegetables from outside Okinawa rise. The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory expects rainfall to continue to decline...

Okinawa detects Agent Orange ingredients in barrels found on land returned by U.S. military

Okinawa detects Agent Orange ingredients in barrels found on land returned by U.S. military

July 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Construction workers unearthed dozens of barrels marked with the logo of the Dow Chemical Company at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City. The Okinawa Defense Bureau said on July 24 that it detected dioxin and other harmful ingredients...

Pink Dot Okinawa, an event for sexual minorities, held in Naha

Pink Dot Okinawa, an event for sexual minorities, held in Naha

July 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pink Dot Okinawa, an event for sexual minorities, was held in the open space in front of the Tenbus Building in Makishi, Naha on July 14. The event aims to help make society comfortable for sexual minorities. A total of 800 people took part.

Pick Dot events...

U.S. military vehicles enter restricted road

U.S. military vehicles enter restricted road

July 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A convoy of ten U.S. military amphibious vehicles drove through Village Road No. 1 in Shirohara, Ginoza on July 15. Because the road through the village is only narrow the residents oppose such vehicles using it because of the risk of accidents. The U.S. military...

Oceanographer Muzik confirms the importance of Henoko Coast

Oceanographer Muzik confirms the importance of Henoko Coast

July 5, 2013

Oceanographer Katherine Muzik, formerly a professor at Harvard University, conducted an underwater survey at Oura Bay and offshore at Henoko, Nago on July 4. The U.S. military plans to build an alternative facility for Futenma Air Station in this area. She asserted the importance...

Sexual minorities give lesson at Okinawan high school

Sexual minorities give lesson at Okinawan high school

July 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chubu Agricultural High School in Taba, Uruma invited people from sexual minorities to deliver a special class on July 9. By meeting 22 such people, their family members and friends, the students were introduced to different ways of life and forms of sexuality.

This...

Protest march against deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

Protest march against deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

July 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Peace Movement Center held a protest march on July 5 against the deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa, and has demanded the removal of the aircraft from the prefecture. About 60 people marched from Nodake Gate of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in...

Orange light flashing in sky

Orange light flashing in sky

June 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 8:00 p.m. on June 29, the Ryukyu Shimpo received information from many readers that “An orange light is flashing in the sky.” People seemed worried as they looked at the light in the sky above U.S. military bases.

However, at 9:00 p.m., the...