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Disabled people protest MV-22 deployment

Disabled people protest MV-22 deployment

August 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Disabled people have placed a red handkerchief banner on the roof of the Aitopia at Yonashiro, Uruma. U.S. aircraft fly over the welfare service facility in which they work, during routine operations between the air base and training areas such as Ukibaru and Tsuken. The people sent an angry message to the U.S. forces and set up the red banner on the roof, when the Okinawa people’s rally on August 5 was postponed. The red banner is made of about 100 separate...

 

Japanese government deports activists attempting to land on Senkaku Islands

Japanese government deports activists attempting to land on Senkaku Islands

August 17, 2012 Compiled from reports in Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of August 15, a ship carried seven Hong Kong-based activists to the Senkaku Islands (of the Diaoyu Islands in Chinese). Okinawa Prefectural Police and Coast Guard officials arrested all 14 people involved, including those...

Citizen group protests assault by U.S. Marine

August 19 & 21, 2012 Compiled from reports in Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 18, police arrested a 21 year-old U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Butler, on suspicion of assaulting a woman in Naha. A police spokesperson said that the victim needed a week to recover from the head injury that she suffered...

Tokyo-based theater group to perform Futenma in Okinawa

Tokyo-based theater group to perform <em>Futenma</em> in Okinawa

August 13, 2012 Kazuki Furugen of Ryukyu Shimpo

Seinen-Gekijo, a Tokyo-based theater group, will be performing the play Futenma in five different locations in Okinawa for the first time in December. The play depicts the situation surrounding the U.S. helicopter crash onto Okinawa...

Monument to honor Taiwanese farmers unveiled at Ishigaki

Monument to honor Taiwanese farmers unveiled at Ishigaki

August 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, an unveiling ceremony of a monument to honor Taiwanese farmers was held in the southern parking area of Nagura Dam on Ishigaki. These farmers introduced the pineapple industry and water buffalo culture to Yaeyama in the prewar period and contributed...

Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival in Brazil leads to new movement

Worldwide Youth U<em>chinanchu</em> Festival in Brazil leads to new movement

August 6, 2012 Akiko Yasuhara, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The 1st Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival Brazil 2011, started in Sao Paulo on July 25 with about 150 people from seven countries participating in the five-day long event. The participants were mainly young Uchina...

Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival closes with local festival in Sao Paulo

Worldwide Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival closes with local festival in Sao Paulo

July 31, 2012 Akiko Yasuhara Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 29, at the Brazil Okinawa Cultural Center in Sao Paulo, a local festival was held bringing the 1st Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival 2012 to an end. A total of 150 young people from seven different countries celebrated...

North America Kin Chojinkai Club celebrates 90th anniversary

North America Kin Chojinkai Club celebrates 90th anniversary

July 23, 2012 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

“Go out and make the five continents into our home.” In 1898, Kyuzo Toyama, “the father-figure of Okinawan immigrants,” and 26 migrant workers from Kin Town arrived in Hawaii. In 1902, Kyuzo’s younger brother, Matasuke, landed...

Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival in Brazil adopts a declaration to create a sustainable network

Worldwide Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival in Brazil adopts a declaration to create a sustainable network

July 30, 2012 Akiko Yasuhara Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo in Brazil

On July 28, the closing ceremony of the 1st Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival was held at the Okinawa Kenjin-Kaikan in Sao Paulo, Brazil. About 150 people participated in the festival from seven countries, discussing...

U.S. military storage of Agent Orange in Okinawa

August 8, 2012 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 7, it was reported that 25000 barrels of Agent Orange were stored in Okinawa until 1972, the year when Okinawa returned to Japanese sovereignty. This was written in 2003 in a report issued by the Chemical Materials Agency of the Department...

Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival closes with local festival in Sao Paulo

Worldwide Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival closes with local festival in Sao Paulo

July 31, 2012 Akiko Yasuhara Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 29, at the Brazil Okinawa Cultural Center in Sao Paulo, a local festival was held bringing the 1st Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival 2012 to an end. A total of 150 young people from seven different countries celebrated...