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Youth and child-raising generation create group opposing Henoko relocation plan

Youth and child-raising generation create group opposing Henoko relocation plan

February 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In January 25, youth and child-raising people who oppose the plan to move Futenma Air Station to Henoko in Nago, set up a new group called “New Wave to Hope.” Centered around youth who feel angry about the approval of the Henoko landfill by Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima last December, the members have started to work on stopping the plan in their own way. The members are enthusiastic, saying, “We would like to create a ‘new wave.’”

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High school students guide explaining Japanese schoolgirls who worked for the Imperial Japanese Army during Battle of Okinawa

High school students guide explaining Japanese schoolgirls who worked for the Imperial Japanese Army during Battle of Okinawa

February 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 2, Okinawa Shogaku High School held a bus tour to retrace the route taken by the Shiraume-tai, a group of Japanese schoolgirls assigned by the Imperial Japanese Army to serve as nurse-aides during the Battle of Okinawa. The students acted as guides.

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Komiya films a mirage at Nago Bay

Komiya films a mirage at Nago Bay

January 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryoichi Komiya, a member of the Friends of Nago Museum, successfully filmed a mirage in which light rays produce an image of a distant object. A mirage was observed on January 6. An image of a big ship cut across in front of the setting sun at the Nago Bay. Komiya,...

2012 survey reveals that 74 percent of Okinawan people view the concentration of U.S. military bases in Okinawa as discrimination

2012 survey reveals that 74 percent of Okinawan people view the concentration of U.S. military bases in Okinawa as discrimination

January 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural government carried out an awareness survey for Okinawan people from October to November 2012. The survey revealed on January 28 that 73.9 percent people see the situation in which about 74 percent of the U.S. military facilities in Japan...

Noam Chomsky: ‘Okinawans have every right to seek a future’

Noam Chomsky:  'Okinawans have every right to seek a future'

January 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Linguist Noam Chomsky, a leading international scholar, peace advocate and artist who released a statement opposing the construction of a new US military base within Okinawa, contributed a message to the Ryukyu Shimpo on January 16. The author and activist commented...

Okinawa Association of Hong Kong holds year-end party

Okinawa Association of Hong Kong holds year-end party

January 13, 2014 Yoshiyuki Nakamura, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Association of Hong Kong Urizun held a year-end party at the Okinawan tavern Izakaya in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

About 400 people took part in the party and enjoyed it. The head of the association...

Over 120 plaintiffs join lawsuit for withdrawal of Henoko relocation approval

Over 120 plaintiffs join lawsuit for withdrawal of Henoko relocation approval

January 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The plaintiffs group and legal team of 126 people has been seeking cancellation of the approval of the Henoko landfill by initiating an administrative lawsuit. They held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office on January 9. The suit is against the...

Kurara Chibana appointed the first National Ambassador to Japan for WFP

Kurara Chibana appointed the first National Ambassador to Japan for WFP

December 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 13, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appointed Kurara Chibana, a 31-year-old model from Okinawa, as their first national ambassador to Japan. She will carry out a public relations role for the WFP during her two-year tenure. At the swearing-in...

Elephant Ryuka tries first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka tries first calligraphy of the year

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2, the Indian elephant Ryuka tried kakizome or first calligraphy at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. She wrote this year’s Chinese zodiac sign of Horse in kanji, holding a special customized brush for calligraphy with her trunk. In tribute to...

World Natural Heritage – Yambaru and Iriomote to go on World Natural Heritage prospective list

December 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 26, the 3rd Amami Ryukyu World Natural Heritage Candidate Scientific Committee met at a hotel in Naha. The committee announced that it has chosen Amami, Tokunoshima, Iriomote Island and the northern municipalities of Kunigami, Ogimi and Higashi as...

3,000 people commemorate 60th anniversary of Amami reversion

3,000 people commemorate 60th anniversary of Amami reversion

December 26, 2013 Yoshiki Nagahama of Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 25, the Amami City Memorial Event Executive Committee commemorated the 60th anniversary of the reversion of the Amami Islands to Japanese administration. There were speeches by youth groups from each region and performances by...