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Okinawa City Council passes protest resolution over hit-and-run

December 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, the Okinawa City Council unanimously adopted a protest resolution and opinion letter over a hit-and -run incident involving a U.S. military officer. The incident occurred at Misato, Okinawa City, on December 4, and a U.S Marine Major is under investigation as a suspect. The resolution, urges the U.S ambassador to Japan and the U.S military to make a rapid apology to the victim and provide full compensation for him.

It demands that preventive...

 

Easing of restrictions on US soldiers’ drinking worries residents

Easing of restrictions on US soldiers' drinking worries residents

December 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 9, U.S. forces in Japan eased its ‘liberty policy’, the code of conduct for the U.S. service members and civilian employees in Okinawa. The new regulation allows them to stay out and drink somewhat freely during off-duty hours. The U.S. military...

Marine major admits his involvement in a hit-and-run accident in Okinawa

December 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A 67-year-old-man who had been riding a mini-bike on Prefectural Road 75 in Okinawa City was found lying unconscious on the road after a hit and run on December 4. The man was taken to a hospital where he remains in serious condition. The Okinawa Prefectural...

Former US soldiers of Okinawan descent; war destroys all

Former US soldiers of Okinawan descent; war destroys all

December 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum held a symposium “Okinawa reflected in the eyes of second-generation Japanese-American Uchinanchu during and after the war” in Itoman on February 6. Takejiro Higa, 91, who served in the Battle of Okinawa...

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks 150 days and 18,000 participants

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks 150 days and 18,000 participants

December 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizens of a sit-in protest in front of the gate of U.S. Marine Camp Schwab marked 150 days since the sit-in began on December 3. They started this action against the construction of a new U.S. air base in Henoko, Nago on July 7. According to calculations...

2,200 protesters surround OPG buildings and demand Okinawa Govenor Nakaima

2,200 protesters surround OPG buildings and demand Okinawa Govenor Nakaima

December 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima could possibly approve an application submitted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to change the method used for landfill in Henoko, Nago, where a new U.S. Marine air base is planned to replace the Futenma base in Ginowan. On December...

Gust of wind bends 20 pillars at golf course in Tomigusuku

Gust of wind bends 20 pillars at golf course in Tomigusuku

December 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of December 4, damage was caused by a wind gust in Tomigusuku and Uruma. No human damage was reported.

According to the Tomigusuku Police Station, strong winds have bent more than 20 pillars at Seaside Golf Club in the Yone district of Tomigusuku.

The...

Seventeen groups issue a statement to seek the environmental protection of Henoko and Oura Bay based on the Ramsar Convention

November 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 25, 17 Non-Government Organisations focused on the environment, human rights, and peace, released a joint statement against the construction of a new, replacement military facility in Henoko. The statement refers to the Ramsar Convention, asking for...

U.S. soldier arrested for trespassing in Chatan

November 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 28, the Okinawa Police Station arrested a 30-year old first class-ranking staff sergeant, who is based at Kadena Air Base, on suspicion of trespassing. According to the police station, the suspect entered a room on the second floor of an apartment...

Amateur photographer captures green sun from Senagajima

Amateur photographer captures green sun from Senagajima

November 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 25, a green flash phenomenon, in which the sun shines green at sunset, was confirmed to have been sighted in Okinawa. Akihiro Noda, a 37-year-old company employee, managed to take a picture of the moment when the sun flashed green....

Off-base drinking ban for U.S. soldiers in Okinawa to be eased

November 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. forces in Japan will revise its ‘liberty policy’, the code of conduct for the U.S. service members and civilian employees in Okinawa. This will allow them to stay out and drink off base during off-duty hours from December 9. Responding...