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Tetsuko Kuroyanagi says residents’ opinions should be respected in Henoko, Article 9 should not be changed

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi says residents’ opinions should be respected in Henoko, Article 9 should not be changed

January 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yoko Shima

Recently, the Ryukyu Shimpo interviewed Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, 83, who serves as a female Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), and she told us about her concern for Okinawa and the importance of peace. Regarding the planned construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago City, which is being pushed forward by the Japanese government in conjunction with the planned return of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma,...

 

Governor Onaga to visit to US at end of January, making appeal to incoming administration for Henoko issue

Governor Onaga to visit to US at end of January, making appeal to incoming administration for Henoko issue

January 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Takeshi Onaga has begun making preparations for a visit to the United States at the end of the month with the purpose of making a direct appeal for stopping new base construction in Henoko, Nago. With the inauguration of the United States’ next president...

In year opening address, Okinawa Governor Onaga vows to prevent new US base construction

In year opening address, Okinawa Governor Onaga vows to prevent new US base construction

January 4 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In his year-opening address to staff members of the Okinawa Prefectural Government on January 4, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga pledged to prevent land-reclamation in Henoko and the associated relocation of Futenma Air Station. Onaga said, “Following the statement...

The Year of the Rooster 2017: Okinawan native chicken “chan” wishes happy New Year in a beautiful voice

The Year of the Rooster 2017: Okinawan native chicken “chan” wishes happy New Year in a beautiful voice

January 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

2017 is the year of the Rooster. Sixty-four-year-old Rinkichi Teruya, who lives at Mizugama, Kadena, raises chan chickens, which are native to Okinawa. The chickens were showing off their beautiful high voices and their typical three-syllable sound at his house.

Chans...

Japan’s crime-prevention patrols receive zero calls related to the U.S. military in 6 months despite consecutive crimes

Japan's crime-prevention patrols receive zero calls related to the U.S. military in 6 months despite consecutive crimes

December 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 16, a “Patrolling Team for Okinawa Community Security” set up by the Ministry of Defense (MOD) in response to the assault and murder of a woman by a U.S. base employee revealed that they received 13 calls but no calls related to the U.S. military...

Third plan reported to recover Ryukyu Kingdom’s diplomatic record “Rekidai Houan” document

Third plan reported to recover Ryukyu Kingdom’s diplomatic record

December 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The editing committee for a project aimed at recovering the Ryukyu Kingdom’s diplomatic record or Rekidai Houan reported on its third plan on December 20. The committee, led by a professor emeritus, Seitoku Kinjo, reported to the prefectural school superintendent,...

New Year’s banquet at Shuri Castle: Ryukyu Kingdom era ritual performed as prayer for peace

New Year's banquet at Shuri Castle: Ryukyu Kingdom era ritual performed as prayer for peace

January 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 1, the annual New Year’s banquet began at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, Okinawa. The event is held every year from January 1 to 3.

The Chouhaiokishiki, or Imperial Court New Year’s morning ceremony from the Ryukyu Kingdom era, was held...

Admirable love among indigenous beetles in the Takae Forest

Admirable love among indigenous beetles in the Takae Forest

December 30, 2016 Chie Tome of Ryukyu Shimpo

There is an insect that spends two years underground as larva and then comes out of the ground during an evening around Christmas in search of its soulmate. This romantic insect, the Tricholontha papagena, is a beetle endemic to the Amami and Okinawa...

Nine Okinawan higher education institution presidents request Osprey flight suspension

Nine Okinawan higher education institution presidents request Osprey flight suspension

December 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of December 27, the presidents of nine higher education institutions in Okinawa submitted a written statement to the Japanese and U.S. governments in response to the recent crash accident of a U.S. MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft...

Governor Onaga emphasizes need to take measures against government’s forceful resumption of Henoko construction

Governor Onaga emphasizes need to take measures against government’s forceful resumption of Henoko construction

December 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On the morning of December 27, Governor Takeshi Onaga had a meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, where he called for prior discussions to be held before the government resumes construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air...

Elephants from Fukushima spend winter in Okinawa where they can eat their favourite food, sugar cane

Elephants from Fukushima spend winter in Okinawa where they can eat their favourite food, sugar cane

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A welcome ceremony for two Asian elephants, Tonsai and Buntoon, from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima was held on December 17 at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. The elephants are staying in Okinawa to see out the winter. The curator of the zoo, Masaru Takada,...