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Rally at White House backs 200,000 signatures urging halt to Henoko base construction

Rally at White House backs 200,000 signatures urging halt to Henoko base construction

 

January 9, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

 

“We are uchinanchu and we don’t give up.” “Base construction is destroying the ecosystem and environment.” “The U.S. is also a concerned party.”

Such calls were resounding at a rally in front of the White House on January 7.

People with roots in Okinawa and veterans with the peace organization Veterans for Peace (VFP) took up microphones...

 

Citizens protest land reclamation work from Awa

Citizens protest land reclamation work from Awa

January 9, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

On the morning of January 9, the Okinawa Defense Bureau continued depositing sand into the land reclamation area as part of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility in Henoko, Nago City.

 

Approximately...

Himeyuri Peace Museum plans second renewal after first in 2004 with new exhibits to pass down history

Himeyuri Peace Museum plans second renewal after first in 2004 with new exhibits to pass down history

January 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chikako Maemori

 

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Camp Schwab gate protesters pledge efforts against new base with Robert Kajiwara

Camp Schwab gate protesters pledge efforts against new base with Robert Kajiwara

January 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5 citizens gathered in front of the gates to Camp Schwab to protest construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility in Henoko. Customarily, on the first Saturday of the New Year Okinawans come together for a large protest action there. This year about...

Okinawa poll shows solid majority intends to attend land reclamation referendum, desires availability in all municipalities

January 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Over the course of three days starting on December 22 last year, the Ryukyu Shimpo, the Okinawa Television Broadcasting Company (OTV), and JX PRESS Corporation conducted a telephone public opinion poll of constituents in all regions within Okinawa Prefecture. The...

Citizens opposing the new base shared New Year’s resolution at Henoko

Citizens opposing the new base shared New Year’s resolution at Henoko

January 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning of January 1, citizens opposed to the construction of the new base gathered at Henoko beach and held Hachiukushi. Facing toward the sunrise, 316 citizens renewed their resolution to oppose the construction of a new base.

As they wished...

Ryukyu Kingdom Era New Year’s Celebration praying for peace takes place at Shuri Castle

Ryukyu Kingdom Era New Year’s Celebration praying for peace takes place at Shuri Castle

January 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 1, the Shurijo Castle Park New Year’s Celebration commenced in Naha City. Many people, such as families and tourists, visited and gave a round of applause to the magnificent ceremony. Fusako Sasaki, 75, visiting from Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture...

Base relocation issue taught in Portland school

Base relocation issue taught in Portland school

December 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yukiyo Zaha, Washington correspondent

Moé Yonamine, a 40-year-old Naha City native, teaches social studies at a high school in Portland, Oregon. She authors online articles and educates her students on aspects of Okinawan history and the latest U.S....

Henoko citizens share their feelings one week after soil deposits began

Henoko citizens share their feelings one week after soil deposits began

December 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 21 marked one week since soil deposits began at the planned land reclamation area in Oura Bay as part of the construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago City. So, how do local Henoko citizens feel? Masao Nishikawa, 74 years old,...

White House petition to halt Henoko construction reaches 100,000 signature goal in 10 days

White House petition to halt Henoko construction reaches 100,000 signature goal in 10 days

December 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

At a little past 3:00 p.m. on December 18, the online petition to halt the new base construction in Henoko, Nago City in association with the relocation of the U.S. military Futenma Air Station surpassed its goal of 100,000 signatures and reached...

Two years after its return to Japan, the Northern Training Area remains littered with used flares, un-fired bullets, and the remains of pre-war life

Two years after its return to Japan, the Northern Training Area remains littered with used flares, un-fired bullets, and the remains of pre-war life

December 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yuri Shimizu

 

On December 25, it will have been once year since the reversion of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA) land to landowners.

I took a walk through this land, led by Akino Miyagi, who researches insects...