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1,000 people gather in front of Camp Schwab gate to celebrate 500 days of sit-in

1,000 people gather in front of Camp Schwab gate to celebrate 500 days of sit-in

November 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A sit-in protest against construction of a new U.S. air base to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan marked 500 days on November 18. About 1,000 protesters, including prefectural council members, municipal assembly members, and those in citizen groups gathered in front U.S. Marine Camp Schwab’s gate. They staged a huge sit-in protest for three days. The participants formed groups to sit in front of the three gates of Camp Schwab and...

 

All Okinawa Council delegates strengthen ties with local US civil society and convey Okinawa’s situation

All Okinawa Council delegates strengthen ties with local US civil society and convey Okinawa’s situation

November 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington DC

A delegation comprising members of the All Okinawa Council, led by Kanehide Group president Morimasa Goya, is currently visiting the United States to express Okinawa’s opposition to the construction of a new US...

Yohei Kono says that forcing construction of new US base is undemocratic

Yohei Kono says that forcing construction of new US base is undemocratic

November 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono delivered a lecture titled “70 years after the war: Yohei Kono speaks about the future of Okinawa and Asia” at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall, Naha, on November 17. About 460 people listened to his lecture.

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Kerama deer swims across sea searching for a mate

Kerama deer swims across sea searching for a mate

November 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Hideaki Yoneda reports from Tokashiki

A wild Kerama deer, a government-designated protected species inhabiting the Kerama Islands, was observed swimming in the ocean around 3:00 p.m. on November 2. Masayuki Komine, a staff member at Tokashiki Village Office,...

Tanadui Festival for prosperity held on Taketomi Island

Tanadui Festival for prosperity held on Taketomi Island

November 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 10, Tanadui Festival and votive performances with more than 600 years of history, and which are designated as significant intangible folk cultural assets, began at Yumuchion on Taketomi Island. Islanders offered dances and performances, such as kyogen...

Gov. Onaga hosts event in Taiwan to promote Okinawa tourism

Gov. Onaga hosts event in Taiwan to promote Okinawa tourism

November 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Wu Li Jun reports from Taipei

On November 13, at the Regent Taipei in Taiwan, Governor Takeshi Onaga hosted an event, “Okinawa Night”, for Taiwanese business leaders and administrative officials who have contributed to Okinawa tourism.

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Governor Onaga says suing by Japanese government reminiscent of “bayonet and bulldozers” under US occupation

Governor Onaga says suing by Japanese government reminiscent of

November 17, Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said at a news conference held at 5:30 p.m. on November 17 that the Japanese government suing to override his revocation of a landfill permit to build a new U.S. base in Henoko “reminded us of the forcible expropriation of land...

200 young people take part in rally against new US base in Henoko

200 young people take part in rally against new US base in Henoko

November 15, Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, in front of the Camp Schwab gate at Henoko, Nago, about 200 young people, including students of the youth group SEALDs RYUKYU, gathered to protest against construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko and Oura Bay.

The protesters criticized the...

National Association of Chairmen of Town and Village Assemblies calls for revision of SOFA

November 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Association of Chairmen of Town and Village Assemblies unanimously adopted a special resolution calling for revision of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) at the 59th national convention held on November 11 in Tokyo. It is the first time...

All Okinawa Council delegation to US meets with citizens’ groups, conveys opposition to base construction

All Okinawa Council delegation to US meets with citizens’ groups, conveys opposition to base construction

November 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington DC

On November 15, the All Okinawa Council delegation to the United States, led by Kanehide Group president Morimasa Goya, arrived in California. That afternoon, they met with various peace, labor, and other organizations...

[Extra] Japanese government files to override Okinawa governor’s rejection to build new US base in Henoko

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