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Disposal of unexploded ordnance at Shuri High School forces more than 2000 people to evacuate

Disposal of unexploded ordnance at Shuri High School forces more than 2000 people to evacuate

April 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Just before 11:00am on April 15 in the grounds of Shuri High School in the Mawashi area of Shuri, Naha, Ground Self-Defense Force personnel disposed of an unexploded WWII U.S. 250 kilogram shell (120 centimeters long and 36 centimeters in diameter). The shell had been found when the reconstruction of a school building was carried out in February. About 2350 people were evacuated from about 845 households and 95 business premises within 288 meters of the site...

 

History book on human rights in Okinawa published

History book on human rights in Okinawa published

April 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

To mark the 50th anniversary of its establishment, the Okinawa Human Rights Association, which was established when Okinawa was under U.S. military administration and has since been involved in the protection of human rights for the people of Okinawa, has published...

U.S. military aircraft noise halts enrollment ceremonies at elementary schools

U.S. military aircraft noise halts enrollment ceremonies at elementary schools

April 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning on April 10, a number of Boeing F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, the type that crashed in Virginia on April 6, flew to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan. Among the 12 aircraft that flew to the base, four are based at Iwakuni Air Station (Iwakuni,...

151 photographs of Okinawa soon after World War II

151 photographs of Okinawa soon after World War II

April 9, 2012 Tomoya Kohatsu of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 8, the Ryukyu America Historical Research Society acquired 151 photographs of scenes in Okinawa during the period from directly after World War II to the 1960s. The collection includes photographs of people and scenery all over Okinawa...

High-level of noise from Futenma Marine Corps Air Station causes learning problems in the classrooms

April 2, 2012 Tomoko Oharu of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A survey carried out by the University of the Ryukyus indicates that the noise from the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma exceeded 100 decibels in the classrooms of the Second Futenma Elementary School, which is located next to the air base, Ginowan...

Memorial service held in Chibichiri Gama marks 67 years since the Battle of Okinawa

Memorial service held in <em>Chibichiri Gama</em> marks 67 years since the Battle of Okinawa

April 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

An incident of group suicide (shudan jiketsu), in which the Japanese military ordered or compelled 83 civilians to commit suicide occurred at Chibichiri Gama (a natural cave) in Namihira, Yomitan Village on April 2, 1945 soon after the U.S. forces...

Law suit to halt noise from U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma filed by 3129 people

Law suit to halt noise from U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma filed by 3129 people

March 31, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 30, 3129 people living around U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, including the residents of Ginowan, Urasoe and Kitanakagusuku, filed a law suit with the Okinawa Branch of Naha District Court seeking to halt the noise from the base during the early...

Diesel fuel leaks out of underground tank in Kadena Ammunition Depot

March 23, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 21, in the Kadena Ammunition Depot, 113 liters of diesel fuel leaked out of an underground fuel tank that is not currently being used. On March 22, through Okinawa Defense Bureau, Kadena Airbase officials informed the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG)...

One hundred people currently living in temporary housing in Fukushima arrive in Okinawa

One hundred people currently living in temporary housing in Fukushima arrive in Okinawa

March 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon on March 15, 100 people arrived at Naha Airport on an invited tour for the elderly living in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Great East Japan Earthquake Support and Cooperation Council and...

U.S. Navy uses Ishigaki Airport despite local opposition

U.S. Navy uses Ishigaki Airport despite local opposition

March 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

An HH-60H helicopter and a C-12 fixed wing aircraft belonging to the U.S. naval forces in Japan, landed at Ishigaki Airport, a civilian facility, on March 13. Five military personnel transferred from the C-12 to the helicopter, and flew to a U.S. naval vessel. The...

Akiyoshi Ito’s Photograph Exhibition held in Paris to let people know about the beautiful ocean of Okinawa

Akiyoshi Ito's Photograph Exhibition held in Paris to let people know about the beautiful ocean of Okinawa

March 12, 2012 Yoko Oshiro correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Artist Akiyoshi Ito, who is famous for his underwater photography, is holding an exhibition in the Tropical Aquarium Porte Doree in Paris from February 2 to March 15. This is the second such exhibition to be held overseas, following...