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Thousands of protesters march against Osprey deployment while singing

Thousands of protesters march against Osprey deployment while singing

December 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, a rally was held in Ginowan to protest against the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey to Okinawa, and against ongoing crime and incidents involving U.S. military personnel. About 3000 people from both inside and outside of the prefecture participated in the rally. After the rally at the Open Theater in Ginowan Seaside Park participants marched while singing songs. With this approach, the protesters used a range of methods to appeal to the U.S....

 

Former Ryukyu Shimpo cameraman publishes book to commemorate Koza Riot

Former Ryukyu Shimpo cameraman publishes book to commemorate Koza Riot

December 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of the Koza Riot, which occurred before dawn on December 20, 1970, 66 year-old former Ryukyu Shimpo cameraman Kazuo Kuniyoshi published a photo book entitled STAND! He has been taking photographs of the U.S. military bases...

Book about U.S. military base issues in Okinawa published

Book about U.S. military base issues in Okinawa published

December 16, 2012 Michiyo Yonamine of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A book called Resistant Islands, which looks at the issue of U.S. military bases from the viewpoint of local residents, was published in the United States this summer. Satoko Norimatsu, the director of the Peace Philosophy Centre,...

Okinawa-no-Maruyaki claims fifth prize at the Japan Local Products Exhibition

Okinawa-no-Maruyaki claims fifth prize at the Japan Local Products Exhibition

December 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Local Products Exhibition run by the Central Federation of Commerce and Industry was held in Tokyo between November 23 and 25. Okinawa-no-Maruyaki, a food item produced by Makoto Mochi in Motobu, represented Okinawa, and won the fifth prize. Makoto Higa,...

Donald Keene visits the Cornerstone of Peace in Itoman

Donald Keene visits the Cornerstone of Peace in Itoman

December 14, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 13, Donald Keene, the famous 90-year-old scholar of Japanese literature, visited the Cornerstone of Peace in Itoman, offering prayers for the victims of the Battle of Okinawa. Keene participated in the battle as an interpreter for the U.S. military....

OPG to set up sexual assault victim assistance center

December 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 13, Hiroshi Shimoji, the head of the Environmental and Community Affairs Department, Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), commented that he would strive to establish a “one-stop support center” to provide support for the victims...

Peace Boat and Korean environmental foundation co-host a tour concerning U.S. military base issues in Okinawa

Peace Boat and Korean environmental foundation co-host a tour concerning U.S. military base issues in Okinawa

December 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization the Peace Boat and a Korean environmental foundation co-hosted a tour designed to consider the burden on Okinawa of hosting U.S. forces in the prefecture. About 300 participants from outside...

University of the Ryukyus Hospital marks 10 years of support activities in Laos

University of the Ryukyus Hospital marks 10 years of support activities in Laos

December 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year marks ten years for the University of the Ryukyus Hospital since it began to teach practical guidance and knowledge of digestive endoscopy in Laos in January 2002. Fukunori Kinjo and Nagisa Kinjo, doctors of the Department of Endoscopy, University of...

Afforestation project for Shuri Castle starts in Higashi-son

Afforestation project for Shuri Castle starts in Higashi-son

December 5, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 30, in the national forest in Taira, Higashi-son the Shuri Castle Forest Development Council, which has been carrying out an afforestation project, planted 300 inumaki (Podocarpus macrophyllus) trees to use in restoring the castle to its...

Citizen group discusses methods of resistance on the Futenma gate blockade action

Citizen group discusses methods of resistance on the Futenma gate blockade action

December 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 8, at Okinawa International University in Ginowan members of the citizens’ group “Occupy Futenma” held a symposium entitled “Thinking about the September 30 Futenma Air Station gate blockade action.” Looking back at the protest action...

Movie featuring the U.S. military aircraft crash onto Miyamori Elementary School screened

Movie featuring the U.S. military aircraft crash onto Miyamori Elementary School screened

December 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 8, Himawari, a movie about the incident in which a U.S. F-100 fighter from Kadena Air Base crashed onto Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa, killing 18 pupils on June 30, 1959, premiered in packed theaters in Uruma and Naha. The people...