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International Academic Conference in China considers shared historical recognition of the Ryukyu Kingdom

International Academic Conference in China considers shared historical recognition of the Ryukyu Kingdom

May 16, 2016 Tsuyoshi Arakaki in Beijing

On May 15 at Beijing University in China, the Second Ryukyu Okinawa Frontier Issue International Academic Conference was held for historians from Okinawa and China. The conference examined the history and current issues of Ryukyu/Okinawa. On the first day, attendees presented research on the history of Ryukyu Kingdom such as the annexation of the Ryukyus (“Ryukyu Disposal”) by Japan and trades and tributes with China. It is the second conference...

 

March for peace on 5.15 spurs on movement in Henoko

March for peace on 5.15 spurs on movement in Henoko

May 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

To mark the forty-fourth year since Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, the 39th Peace March took three courses, “east,” “west,” and “south”, starting at 9:30 a.m. on May 13. The “east” and ”west” courses took three days to go around the US military...

Juneyao Airlines to launch flights between Naha and Nanjing for first time

May 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Juneyao Airlines will launch flights between Naha and Nanjing on July 1. This is the first time the airline will have operated flights between Naha Airport and Nanjing Lukou International Airport. The company will operate two round trips every Monday and Friday. Juneyao...

Okinawa Gov. Onaga meets with Walter Mondale, calling for cancellation of Henoko relocation

Okinawa Gov. Onaga meets with Walter Mondale, calling for cancellation of Henoko relocation

May 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Sakae Toiyama in Washington D.C.

On May 18, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with former Vice President Walter Mondale, who served as Ambassador to Japan, while on an official trip to the United States. Then Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and then U.S....

2,000 rally in silent protest in front of US base, mourning the death of a woman

2,000 rally in silent protest in front of US base, mourning the death of a woman

May 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22, in front of U.S. Marine Camp Zukeran, where the U.S. Forces Japan Okinawa Area Field Office is located, in Kitanakagusuku, an emergency protest rally was held to mourn the death of a woman who was allegedly killed by a former U.S. marine.

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Editorial: Base closure only way to prevent future crimes

May 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yet another precious Okinawan life has been stolen away. Comments by a man associated with the U.S. military implies that he was involved. At the root of the problem is the role of the Japanese and U.S. governments, who force an overwhelming proportion of U.S. military...

Police arrest US base employee suspected of dumping missing woman’s body in Okinawa

May 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19 the Okinawa prefectural police arrested 32-year-old Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a current military employee on Kadena Air Base and former U.S. Marine living in Yonabaru, on suspicion of dumping the body of a 20-year-old female office worker from Uruma City...

Okinawa Gov. Onaga joins the pitch opening ceremony for a game between Dodgers and Mets

Okinawa Gov. Onaga joins the pitch opening ceremony for a game between Dodgers and Mets

May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is on an official trip to the United States to call for participation in the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival which will be held in October. Onaga joined the pitch opening ceremony for a major league game between the Los Angeles Dodgers...

US congressman suggests Henoko relocation can be changed

US congressman suggests Henoko relocation can be changed

May 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hisao Tome in Washington D.C.

On May 16, in Washington D.C, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with four members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

According to Governor Onaga, Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a member of the House Appropriations...

130-meter long coral reefs found in Gushikawa Island, Izena

130-meter long coral reefs found in Gushikawa Island, Izena

May 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yoshikatsu Nakano and a specialist team from the University of the Ryukyus Tropical Biosphere Research Center, and marine photographer Akinori Annou found a large coral reef colony, (Pocillopora), in the area around Gushikawa Island, Izena Village. According to Nakano,...

Okinawan novelist attempts to sue U.S. Marine Corps for detaining him

Okinawan novelist attempts to sue U.S. Marine Corps for detaining him

May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Akutagawa Prize winning novelist Shun Medoruma was detained by a Japanese security guard employed by U.S. Marine Corps while protesting against new U.S. base construction in Henoko, Nago. Medoruma filed a lawsuit in the Naha District Court, claiming the U.S. Marine...