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“Carry on the mantle of peace and coexistence”—2,000 pay their respects to former governor Ota

“Carry on the mantle of peace and coexistence”—2,000 pay their respects to former governor Ota

July 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A public funeral to mourn former governor Masahide Ota, who passed away on June 12, and honor his achievements was held on the afternoon of July 26 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.

Governor Takeshi Onaga served as chair of the organizing committee for the funeral. Around...

 

Kanagawa governor proposes disaster-related agreement with US military, but Onaga concerned it could lead to base fortification

Kanagawa governor proposes disaster-related agreement with US military, but Onaga concerned it could lead to base fortification

August 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On August 2, the liaison council of governors primarily involved in public affairs, comprising the governors of the fifteen prefectures where U.S. military bases are located and chaired by Kanagawa Governor Yuji Kuroiwa, held a regular general meeting at...

DNA of remains of war victims to be examined

July 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare will undertake DNA examination of the remains of Battle of Okinawa and civilian war victims.

The Ministry will send application forms for a DNA test to the bereaved families on July 26 and thereafter.

On July...

Nishihara SHS Marching Band wins the top award in Netherlands’ international music contest

Nishihara SHS Marching Band wins the top award in Netherlands' international music contest

August 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nishihara Senior High School Marching Band won the top international award in the marching and show band categories of the WMC (world music contest) Kerkrade, which is held in the Netherlands once every four years.

Nishihara received the best international...

First ever Okinawa Karate International Tournament highly anticipated for next summer

First ever Okinawa Karate International Tournament highly anticipated for next summer

August 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 1 the executive committee for the Okinawa Karate International Tournament held an unveiling ceremony at the Okinawa Prefectural Office for a display counting down the number of days to the first time this tournament will open, which will be on August 1...

130 Karate-ka from all over the world gather for Shima-ha Shorin-ryu training camp

130 Karate-ka from all over the world gather for Shima-ha Shorin-ryu training camp

July 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shima-ha Shorin-ryu Karate Federation kicked off their training camp July 30 at the Okinawa Budo-kan, assembling approximately 130 karate-ka from eight countries and regions outside of Okinawa including China, the U.S., Germany, Denmark, and South America.

The...

Ceremony held for 0.8% land return of Futenma base, Governor Onaga demands whole base to be moved out of Okinawa

Ceremony held for 0.8% land return of Futenma base, Governor Onaga demands whole base to be moved out of Okinawa

August 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 1, at a hotel in Ginowan, the Japanese government and Ginowan City held a land return ceremony. The United States government returned about four hectares, a part of land which is located on the east side of the U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma (about...

Japan National Governors’ Association study on U.S. military crime shows nearly half occurs in Okinawa

Japan National Governors’ Association study on U.S. military crime shows nearly half occurs in Okinawa

July 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27 it came to light that spanning the eight years between 2008 and 2015, out of the number of reported crimes committed by U.S. Forces, Japan (USFJ) military personnel, civilians in military employ, and their families living in Japan, those crimes committed...

Survey conducted by Okinawa Prefecture finds 65% of people outside the island do not identify Okinawa as “The birthplace of Karate” – issues include lack of income and successors

Survey conducted by Okinawa Prefecture finds 65% of people outside the island do not identify Okinawa as “The birthplace of Karate” – issues include lack of income and successors

July 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the first-ever fact finding survey conducted by Okinawa Prefecture with the goal of promoting and passing down traditional Okinawa Karate and Kobudo, it was discovered that outside of Okinawa, 65.5% of people did not know that Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate....

Naha Airport runway closed due to damaged JASDF F-15 fighter jet, civilian flights delayed and canceled

Naha Airport runway closed due to damaged JASDF F-15 fighter jet, civilian flights delayed and canceled

July 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 9:17 a.m. on July 26, the landing light glass of an F-15 fighter jet belonging to the Naha Base of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) was damaged when it took off from Naha Airport.

According to the Naha Airport Office of the Ministry of Land,...

Okinawa files new lawsuit to stop “outrageous” Henoko base relocation, claims “government construction illegal”

Okinawa files new lawsuit to stop “outrageous” Henoko base relocation, claims “government construction illegal”

July 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawan government filed a lawsuit in the Naha District Court against the Japanese federal government July 24, to prevent the destruction of rock on the seabed off the coast of Henoko in Nago as part of the new U.S. base construction. The prefectural government...