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Kedashiro suggests that the Senkaku Islands dispute should be resolved with Okinawan involvement

Kedashiro suggests that the Senkaku Islands dispute should be resolved with Okinawan involvement

December 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 5, a seminar entitled “The Senkaku Islands dispute and Okinawa” was held by the Okinawa Human Rights Association in the Yashio-So in Naha. Yotake Kedashiro, chair of the Senkaku Islands Missing-War-Bereaved Association, and Kenichi Uezato, emeritus professor of the University of the Ryukyus and chief of the Okinawa branch of the Japan-China Friendship Association, gave talks and led discussion on ways to ameliorate the confrontation between...

 

Victims of the Battle of Okinawa sue the government

December 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Civilians and bereaved families who were victims in the Battle of Okinawa have sued the government, seeking an apology and damages of 11 million yen per person. This group lawsuit is referred to as the Nuchi-do-Takara court-case, which in the Okinawan dialect...

Rallies calling for the withdrawal of the Osprey held in 24 municipalities

Rallies calling for the withdrawal of the Osprey held in 24 municipalities

December 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 1 marked two months having passed since the United States deployed the MV-22 Osprey aircraft squadron to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. There are still strong voices being raised among Okinawan people seeking the withdrawal of the Osprey. Starting...

Residents around Kadena Air Base sue the U.S. government

Residents around Kadena Air Base sue the U.S. government

December 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to ongoing legal action in which about 22000 residents living around the U.S. Kadena Air Base claim that the U.S. government is responsible for health problems arising from the presence of the base, 144 residents initiated a lawsuit against the White...

Kinoshita Circus commences in Toyosaki Town

Kinoshita Circus commences in Toyosaki Town

December 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 1, commemorating the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the Ryukyu Shimpo, at a special venue in Toyosaki in Tomigusuku, the Kinoshita Circus performed for the first time in eight years since it was last held in the new commercial district of...

Pair of Yambaru kuina found in Ogimi for the first time in 12 years

Pair of Yambaru kuina found in Ogimi for the first time in 12 years

November 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A pair of Yambaru kuina or endangered Okinawa Rail have been found in the watershed area of the Taiho Dam in Ogimi.

According to the Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center, the southern limit of the Yambaru kuina’s range is the northern part of Ogimi and...

Symposium to discuss the significance of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty held in Tokyo

Symposium to discuss the significance of Okinawa's reversion to Japanese sovereignty held in Tokyo

November 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 25, at Hosei University in Tokyo, a symposium was held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion from U.S. rule to Japanese sovereignty. Former governors of Okinawa, such as Masahide Ota and Keiichi Inamine, journalist Akira Arakawa,...

Kuniyoshi becomes new president of the Okinawa Association of America

Kuniyoshi becomes new president of the Okinawa Association of America

November 19, 2012 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 11, the Okinawa Association of America held its annual general meeting, in which it elected Shingi Kuniyoshi as its new president. Kuniyoshi will serve for two years from 2013. The association held the election at the end...

Member of the U.S. military belonging to Futenma Air Station deserts

November 22 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Military Base Affairs Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government has reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan that one of the military personnel based at Futenma Air Station has deserted. It would seem that this person has not yet been apprehended....

Kinoshita Circus to perform in Okinawa

Kinoshita Circus to perform in Okinawa

November 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

To help commemorate the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the Ryukyu Shimpo the Kinoshita Circus will begin performances in Okinawa from December 1 at a special venue set up in Toyosaki Town in Tomigusuku City. Some of the circus staff arrived in Okinawa...

Yabiji coral reef community and tsunami stones designated as natural treasures

Yabiji coral reef community and tsunami stones designated as natural treasures

November 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 16, the Council for Cultural Affairs recommended that Education Minister Makiko Tanaka formally designate the Yabiji coral reef community of Miyako-jima as a place of scenic beauty, and the tsunami stones of the east coast of Ishigaki-jima as a natural...