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Onaga Administration’s 2016 objectives include not allowing construction of new bases

Onaga Administration’s 2016 objectives include not allowing construction of new bases

February 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a regular meeting of the Prefectural Assembly on February 16, Governor Takeshi Onaga presented his administration’s 2016 objectives. He also spoke about the Henoko landfill permit authorized by the previous administration, saying that he withdrew the landfill permit because it was identified as having legal flaws that warranted its nullification. Going forth, he says he intends to continue to attest to the validity of Okinawa’s stance in court and...

 

Online travel companies actively promote Okinawa as a travel destination

February 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

One after another, major international online travel companies are promoting Okinawa as a travel destination. Booking.com (based in the Netherlands) and Expedia (based in the US), have both established regional offices in Okinawa. Japanese domestic integrated...

Lunar New Year celebration on Hamahiga Island

Lunar New Year celebration on Hamahiga Island

February 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 8, the date of the Lunar New Year, the first prayer of the year, “Hachi ugan”, was offered at a hallowed ground, “Shirumichu”, in Katsuren Higa in Uruma City. It is said that an ancestral god of Ryukyu, Amamichu, and Shirumichu are enshrined...

Wildfire caused by US military live-fire training at Camp Hansen

February 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 0:58 p.m. on February 10, near range 9 in the Camp Hansen training area in Kin, wildfire broke out. According to the Okinawa Military Base Affairs Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government, U.S. Military officials confirmed at 7:27 a.m. on February 11...

Governor Onaga optimistic about settlement involving temporary suspension of Henoko construction

Governor Onaga optimistic about settlement involving temporary suspension of Henoko construction

February 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

February 15 marked the fourth hearing in the trial brought by the Japanese government against the Okinawa prefectural government over the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. After Okinawa...

Trial over Henoko protest suit to be held at Naha District Court

February 11, 2016Ryukyu Shimpo

After the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT) ordered a suspension execution of Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga’s nullification of the permit authorizing land reclamation in Henoko, the Okinawa prefectural government filed a protest...

Okinawa cultural festival in Peru features eisa and sanshin performances

Okinawa cultural festival in Peru features eisa and sanshin performances

February 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoshiki Nagahama

The Okinawan Association of Peru hosted an Okinawan festival and sports competition between municipalities at the association’s sports fields in Lima, Peru, on February 7. The festival grounds were decked out in Okinawan décor, food...

Henoko: American peace movement participant Loan directs song to those inside base

Henoko: American peace movement participant Loan directs song to those inside base

February 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the early morning of February 9, a total of around 100 protesters opposing the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago gathered in front of Camp Schwab. Around 50 protesters each gathered in front of two of Camp Schwab’s gates....

OCVB holds Muslim recipe contest

OCVB holds Muslim recipe contest

February 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 29, Okinawa Prefectural Government and Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) held the final selection meeting for a Muslim recipe contest, created to attract visitors from Muslim countries, at Tiruru (Okinawa Gender Equality Center), Naha....

Filmmaker Junkerman to take his movie “The Afterburn” to the US

Filmmaker Junkerman to take his movie “The Afterburn” to the US

February 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Documentary filmmaker John Junkerman, who made the full-length documentary movie The Afterburn (“Okinawa: Urizun no Ame”), visited Camp Schwab gate to film the people who are protesting against the new U.S. military base construction in Henoko, Nago City,...

Heart transplant operation of one-year-old Onaga is successful

Heart transplant operation of one-year-old Onaga is successful

February 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

One-year-old Noa Onaga who was diagnosed with dilatation of the myocarditis, which decreases heart activity, has been staying in the United States for a heart transplant. From February 5 to 6, she had the successful operation at Columbia University. She is currently...