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Oliver Stone says the war isn’t over in Okinawa

Oliver Stone says the war isn't over in Okinawa

August 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo invited two-time Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone to an event celebrating the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the newspaper at the theater in the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. Okinawa Television supported the event, which was held in the evening of August 14.

Stone said the U.S. military bases in Okinawa are reminiscent of the Cold War-era, and that the war still seems to continue in the relationships between...

 

Ministry of Defense builds fences at Futenma

Ministry of Defense builds fences at Futenma

July 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In a meeting of the Japan-U.S. Joint Committee on July 22, the Japanese and U.S. governments approved setting up fences at Gate 3 of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Nodake, Ginowan. To oppose the deployment last September of the first squadron of Osprey...

Battle of Okinawa PTSD symposium held at Hitotsubashi University

Battle of Okinawa PTSD symposium held at Hitotsubashi University

July 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Center for the Study of Peace and Reconciliation held a symposium on July 20 at Hitotsubashi University on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues among Battle of Okinawa survivors.

Psychiatrist Ryoji Arizuka and Tsuyoshi Kitamura, assistant professor...

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....

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...