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Kitadaito residents get relief as food items finally reach island

Kitadaito residents get relief as food items finally reach island

September 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Junko Uechi

Kitadaito—The Daito, a passenger-cargo ship connecting Kitadaito island to Naha, resumed operations on September 25.

Its operation was suspended on September 11, due to stormy conditions and a typhoon passing by.

Many flights to the island were cancelled as well, causing a shortage of food items in Kitadaito Village.

Once the container ships reached Ezaki port in Minami, plenty of fresh foods, frozen items, and...

 

Japanese Must Learn the History of Forced Labour

Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

I am writing this in Hiroshima on August 6, on the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.

For the last 13 years, I have participated in an annual peace study tour for U.S. and Japanese university students...

After 69 years of marriage, Tomi and Yukichi finally get the wedding they were denied by parents’ opposition

After 69 years of marriage, Tomi and Yukichi finally get the wedding they were denied by parents’ opposition

September 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Yo Kakazu

(Nanjo) Clothed in a wedding dress, Tomi said, “at last.” On August 30, Tomi, 87, and Yukichi, 86, finally celebrated their matrimony as bride and groom after 69 years of marriage. At the time of their marriage, they were unable to celebrate...

JTA to offer Okinawa-Vietnam charter flights

September 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

JTA (Japan Transocean Air) President Noriyuki Aoki announced that one round-trip flight between Naha and Ho Chi Minh will be available for charter in December and again in February 2020. JTA has had success with its Seoul, Taiwan and Hong Kong routes; the charter...

High costs at OIST, one of the top research universities in the work? Japan’s Ministry of Finance instructs the school to strengthen research results

High costs at OIST, one of the top research universities in the work? Japan’s Ministry of Finance instructs the school to strengthen research results

September 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – Japan’s Cabinet Office opened an investigative commission to discuss future challenges for the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate School September 12.

In June, the Ministry of Finance released an expenditure review,...

Mid-Autumn Celebration: A moonlit fall equinox dance performance at Shurijo Castle Park

Mid-Autumn Celebration: A moonlit fall equinox dance performance at Shurijo Castle Park

September 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shurijo Castle Park’s annual celebration of the fall equinox, “Mid-Autumn Celebration” (Chushu no Utage) kicked off on September 14, on the special stage set up in the Seiden, or main hall area, of Shurijo Castle.

The event includes a reenactment...

Nine universities and colleges in Okinawa request flight ban on U.S. military aircrafts

Nine universities and colleges in Okinawa request flight ban on U.S. military aircrafts

September 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine of Okinawa’s universities and specialized vocational schools held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Press Club on September 17, and announced they have jointly filed a formal request with the Japanese and American governments to...

Governor Tamaki, “The central government is masquerading as a ‘private individual’” in lawsuit surrounding permission for land reclamation at Henoko

Governor Tamaki, “The central government is masquerading as a ‘private individual’” in lawsuit surrounding permission for land reclamation at Henoko

September 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first round of oral arguments was held at the Fukuoka High Court Naha Branch (Judge Masamichi Okubo, presiding) September 18 in the “Voiding of involvement lawsuit,” which was filed by Okinawa against Japan after the Minister of Land, Infrastructure,...

Local protest at civilian Motobu Port blocks entry of U.S. military boat intended for training

Local protest at civilian Motobu Port blocks entry of U.S. military boat intended for training

September 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17 the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa, planned to use one U.S. military Open Water Safety Boat for the purpose of training at Motobu Port in Motobu Town.

Although the boat was transported to the port, due to a protest by citizens and longshoremen,...

30 meter landslide in Henoko near ammunition depot

30 meter landslide in Henoko near ammunition depot

September 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Nago) As of September 16, it was confirmed that a landslide occurred near the U.S. military’s Henoko Ordnance Ammunition Depot facing Oura Bay in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture.

The landslide occurred right next to the fence demarcating the base land, and...

Interview: Gov. Tamaki on cooperation and society’s role in personal fulfillment

Interview: Gov. Tamaki on cooperation and society’s role in personal fulfillment

September 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Interviewed by Tsuyoshi Matsumoto (Editor-in-Chief, The Ryukyu Shimpo)

Okinawa’s goal to create “a caring, uniquely Okinawan society, in which no one is left behind,” is also the core philosophy of the prefectural administration, as it advances its...