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In court ruling, Okinawan first foreign victim acknowledged in Taiwan’s February 28 Incident

February 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In 1947, the Kuomintang administration in Taiwan massacred civilians in what is known as the February 28 Incident. One of the victims of this incident was the father of 72-year-old Keishou Aoyama of Urasoe City, who was a Japanese fisherman in Taiwan at the time. Aoyama brought a claim demanding compensation from the Taiwanese government for the death of his father. On February 17, the Taipei High Administrative Court issued a verdict in favor of Aoyama....

 

Deaths from Kadena Air Base aircraft noise estimated at 4 people annually

February 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 18 at Naha District Court, the oral proceedings of the third Kadena noise pollution lawsuit took place, presided over by Judge Tetuya Fujikura. Professor of environmental health at Hokkaido University Toshihito Matsui, called to the stand as an expert...

Chatan protests against foreign aircrafts flying to Kadena Air Base

Chatan protests against foreign aircrafts flying to Kadena Air Base

February 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of February 16, the Chatan Town Council held a special meeting to discuss the constant influx of foreign aircrafts flying to the Kadena Air Base. Members unanimously passed a resolution of protest and statement against this issue. The statement...

Wildfire caused by US military live-fire training at Camp Hansen

February 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 0:58 p.m. on February 10, near range 9 in the Camp Hansen training area in Kin, wildfire broke out. According to the Okinawa Military Base Affairs Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government, U.S. Military officials confirmed at 7:27 a.m. on February 11...

Okinawa cultural festival in Peru features eisa and sanshin performances

Okinawa cultural festival in Peru features eisa and sanshin performances

February 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoshiki Nagahama

The Okinawan Association of Peru hosted an Okinawan festival and sports competition between municipalities at the association’s sports fields in Lima, Peru, on February 7. The festival grounds were decked out in Okinawan décor, food...

Henoko: American peace movement participant Loan directs song to those inside base

Henoko: American peace movement participant Loan directs song to those inside base

February 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the early morning of February 9, a total of around 100 protesters opposing the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago gathered in front of Camp Schwab. Around 50 protesters each gathered in front of two of Camp Schwab’s gates....

Filmmaker Junkerman to take his movie “The Afterburn” to the US

Filmmaker Junkerman to take his movie “The Afterburn” to the US

February 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Documentary filmmaker John Junkerman, who made the full-length documentary movie The Afterburn (“Okinawa: Urizun no Ame”), visited Camp Schwab gate to film the people who are protesting against the new U.S. military base construction in Henoko, Nago City,...

Heart transplant operation of one-year-old Onaga is successful

Heart transplant operation of one-year-old Onaga is successful

February 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

One-year-old Noa Onaga who was diagnosed with dilatation of the myocarditis, which decreases heart activity, has been staying in the United States for a heart transplant. From February 5 to 6, she had the successful operation at Columbia University. She is currently...

Kinjo seeking information about her sister separated in Saipan

Kinjo seeking information about her sister separated in Saipan

January 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eighty-one-year-old preschool director Toshiko Kinjo is looking for her sister who she was separated from during the war in Saipan. Her sister, Etsuko, was one year old at that time. Kinjo attended a meeting on January 27 in Naha City held by a plaintiff group...

Specific levels of 25 toxic substances withheld at information sessionon

Specific levels of 25 toxic substances withheld at information sessionon

February 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently, dioxins were detected in the soil at levels exceeding environmental standards in a residential area of the Kamisedo district of Chatan Town. On January 31, at the town chamber of commerce building in Kamisedo, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) held an...

Okinawa to establish 3 billion yen fund to tackle child poverty

January 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 28, findings of an actual condition survey conducted by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) revealed that Okinawa’s child poverty rate is 29.9 percent. It is the first time in Japan for the poverty rate at a prefectural level to be published....