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Students appeal to the UN Council that concentrating U.S. bases in Okinawa is a violation of human rights

Students appeal to the UN Council that concentrating U.S. bases in Okinawa is a violation of human rights

September 19, 2012 Kyoko Ishii Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of the Association of the Indigenous Peoples in the Ryukyus, Tomomi Ganeko and Reina Uema, will attend a meeting of the United Nation Human Rights Council to be held in Geneva from September 17 to 28. They will submit a written statement to the effect that U.S. bases in Okinawa have caused many incidents and accidents and their presence violates the human rights of locals. With regard to the Osprey aircraft deployment to Futenma...

 

U.S. military to permit Okinawan people to pass through bases in case of Tsunami

U.S. military to permit Okinawan people to pass through bases in case of Tsunami

September 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 12, at an evacuation drill explanatory session held in Camp Foster, a representative of the U.S. Marines in Okinawa stated that in the case of a tsunami, the Corps will allow local Okinawans to pass through the bases on foot via three approaches...

Typhoon Sanba causes 397 million yen in crop damage

September 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of September 18, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) held a disaster response headquarters meeting to report on the damage caused by Typhoon Sanba. By 8:00am that day, it was known that damage to likes of sugar cane has been estimated at...

Researcher discovers rare species of butterfly in Takae

Researcher discovers rare species of butterfly in Takae

September 6, 2012 Ryota Nakamura of Ryukyu Shimpo

Akino Miyagi, a researcher who belongs to the Butterfly Society of Japan, discovered about 50 pithecops corvus ryukyuensis at the Arakawa River basin in Takae, Higashi. This butterfly has been designated as a near threatened species. The area...

Kumejima Firefly designated as critically endangered species

Kumejima Firefly designated as critically endangered species

September 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 28, the Ministry of Environment reported that the Kumejima firefly, which is an endangered and prefectural protected species, has been designated as critically endangered on its revised Red List of Threatened Species. The Miyako kikugashira komori (a...

LPGA winner Mika Miyazato wins Naha City Honor Award

August 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 29, Mayor Takeshi Onaga announced that he is to present the Naha City Honor Award to 22 year-old Mika Miyazato, who was born in Naha and claimed her...

North America Kenjinkai looks into reasons for migration

North America Kenjinkai looks into reasons for migration

August 27, 2012 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The History Committee of Okinawa Association of America, Hokubei Okinawa Kenjinkai, has interviewed five members from Hawaii and four from Central and South America to find out why they migrated to the United States. The United States...

Seven names added to Tsushima-maru victims list after 68 years

Seven names added to Tsushima-maru victims list after 68 years

August 22, 2012 Eriko Tamaki, Ryukyu Shimpo

August 22 marked the 68th anniversary of the tragedy of the unmarked passenger-cargo ship Tsushima-maru being sunk by the submarine USS Bowfin on its way to Kyushu carrying hundreds of school children. The Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum engraves...

U.S. soldiers point guns outside military facilities

U.S. soldiers point guns outside military facilities

August 15, 2012 Naoki Isa of Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 11 at Katabaru, Matsuda Ward, Ginoza, four U.S. soldiers were seen lying in the grass on the roadside pointed their weapons toward the road. They were likely taking aim at amphibious vehicles crossing Route 329 from the shore and moving towards...

Okinawan Filipina seek information about Uechi family

Okinawan Filipina seek information about Uechi family

August 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Philippine Nikkei-jin Legal Support Center is seeking information about Minoru Uechi and his son Mitsunari who may know Hiroshi, the father of Yoneko Arakaki, whose Filipino name is Inocencia. Yoneko visited Okinawa last summer.

Minoru was born in...

Disabled people protest MV-22 deployment

Disabled people protest MV-22 deployment

August 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Disabled people have placed a red handkerchief banner on the roof of the Aitopia at Yonashiro, Uruma. U.S. aircraft fly over the welfare service facility in which they work, during routine operations between the air base and training areas such as Ukibaru and Tsuken....