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A Ginowan parents group from Midorigaoka call for the Okinawa base referendum to proceed, “Do not rob us of the right to vote”

A Ginowan parents group from Midorigaoka call for the Okinawa base referendum to proceed, “Do not rob us of the right to vote”

December 1, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Parents from Midorigoaka Preschool (Nodake, Ginowan), where last year an incident wherein a piece from a U.S. military helicopter fell and landed on the school occurred, have formed a group dubbed “Team Midorigaoka 1207” and released a statement at a press conference held at the preschool November 30 demanding the right to vote on the referendum in Okinawa on whether or not to allow land reclamation in Henoko, Nago. The group is raising its...

 

Talks between Governor Tamaki and Prime Minister Abe end without reaching an agreement

Talks between Governor Tamaki and Prime Minister Abe end without reaching an agreement

November 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

In the afternoon of November 28, Governor Denny Tamaki met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister’s official residence to discuss the new base construction in Henoko, Nago City in association with the relocation of...

“Everyone helps each other” Natsuko Izena talks about barrier-free living regardless of disabilities

“Everyone helps each other” Natsuko Izena talks about barrier-free living regardless of disabilities

 

November 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 17 at Urasoe City Tedako Hall a forum was held for a project promoting a barrier-free, livable society regardless of disability.

Columnist Natsuko Izena gave a lecture themed, “What does it mean to help each other?”

Izena...

Henoko land reclamation expenses expected to reach 2.5 trillion yen

Henoko land reclamation expenses expected to reach 2.5 trillion yen

 

November 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa...

Governor Tamaki announces February 24 prefectural referendum, encourages participation

Governor Tamaki announces February 24 prefectural referendum, encourages participation

November 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On November 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the Prefectural Office, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki made an official announcement about the prefectural referendum that will ask Okinawans whether they support or oppose the Futenma replacement facility...

Former prime minister Hatoyama encourages Governor Tamaki to block Henoko construction

Former prime minister Hatoyama encourages Governor Tamaki to block Henoko construction

 

November 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 22 for the first time since taking office, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki had an interview with former prime minister Yukio Hatoyama at the Prefectural Office.

In regard to construction of the Futenma Replacement...

Anti-Korean sentiment behind BTS backlash in Japan

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

 

BTS (Bangtan Boys) is a seven-member hip-hop boys’ group that debuted in South Korea in 2013. Over the past two years, these top K-pop stars propelled themselves to worldwide stardom rapidly with their superb...

Overseas U.S. military installations reduced by 247 since 2008, but only by three in Japan with Marine Corps remaining concentrated in Okinawa

November 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Special correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reports from Washington DC
 
On November 26, the Ryukyu Shimpo learned that although the total number of U.S. military installations outside of the United States has decreased more than 30 percent from 761 installations...

Peru – Okinawan group in Peru fulfills long-held dream of constructing children’s park in Lima

Peru – Okinawan group in Peru fulfills long-held dream of constructing children’s park in Lima

November 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By correspondent Mitsuhiro Akamine

The Okinawa Association of Peru (AOP – Spanish: Asociación Okinawense del Perú) opened a children’s playground named “Ashibina Park” on the grounds of their community center in the suburbs of Lima on November...

University of the Ryukyus research team finds distinct hereditary groups among Okinawan islands

University of the Ryukyus research team finds distinct hereditary groups among Okinawan islands

November 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

A research team under Professor Shiro Maeda of the University of the Ryukyus Graduate School of Medicine made public that when compared genetically, people from Okinawa have a different genetic background than Japanese people from mainland Japan. Even within...

Iejima “LHD deck” airstrip completed for use by U.S. military next month

November 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Expansion work on the airstrip simulating an LHD deck, a flight deck of an amphibious assault ship, at Iejima Auxiliary Airfield was recently finished. The U.S. Marine Corps explained to Ie Village and the Okinawa Defense Bureau that Marine Corps F-35B vertical...