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Request to survey Battle of Okinawa remains in Camp Schwab sent to US embassy

September 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Takamatsu Gushiken, a representative of the volunteer group that collects remains from the Battle of Okinawa, Gamafuya, has requested permission to conduct a survey and collect the remains at the Ourasaki Internment Camp burial site in Camp Schwab, the U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago City. The request was sent via email to both the U.S. embassy as well as the U.S. military headquarters in Japan on September 5. Permission to conduct surveys and collect...

 

Play about fourth-generation Okinawan in Hawaii released

Play about fourth-generation Okinawan in Hawaii released

September 5, 2016 Hanae Gushiken Higa Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

From August 25 to October 2, a play titled “UchinaAloha” by Okinawan playwright Lee Tonouchi will be performed at Kumu Kahua Theater in Honolulu.

According to Tonouchi’s description of the play, the protagonist...

US veterans call for stopping new base construction in Okinawa

US veterans call for stopping new base construction in Okinawa

September 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 8, six members of Veterans for Peace (VFP), a peace organization made up of military veterans, who are visiting Okinawa held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. The veterans said that visiting Okinawa brought home to them the fact...

Junior high school students clean up Okinawa battle site for preservation

Junior high school students clean up Okinawa battle site for preservation

September 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A non-profit organization called shizen taiken gakko (Nature Experience School) Okinawa branch in Yaese Town held a clean-up event at a battle site in Iriyuji-gama cave in Gushikami, Yaese Town, on August 21. Twenty-seven participants from Gushikami Junior...

Kumiodori performance at Shichigachi mura odori in Henoko

Kumiodori performance at Shichigachi mura odori in Henoko

August 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

For three days from the 16th to 19th of August, Shichigachi mura odori was held at Henoko Exchange Plaza in Henoko, Nago City. More than 100 residents performed traditional dances and gave thanks for fertility.
Shichigachi mura udui is held every three years...

At IUCN workshop, Nago mayor calls for support to stop new US base construction in Henoko

At IUCN workshop, Nago mayor calls for support to stop new US base construction in Henoko

September 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Washington correspondent Sakae Toiyama reports from Honolulu

On September 4, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine presented at a workshop at the sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. At the workshop, Inamine reported on...

NGO Human Rights Now criticizes Japanese government for blocking protesters in Henoko and Takae

September 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Authorized NPO and human-rights body Human Rights Now issued statement criticizing the Japanese government for violently cracking down non-violent protesters in Okinawa. It came ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) 33rd regular session, which...

Japanese government allocates over 400 million yen for preventing US military-related crimes

August 26 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government approved the second additional appropriation for the fiscal 2016 in a Cabinet meeting. The appropriation for Okinawa-related items was 17.6 billion yen. The government allocated 410 million yen for a “Patrolling Party for Okinawa Community...

80-year-old Shinzato keeping traditional homestretch fishing for 50 years

80-year-old Shinzato keeping traditional homestretch fishing for 50 years

August 25, 2016 Hideaki Yoneda correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

An eighty-year-old fisherman in Tokashiki Village has practiced skin-dive fishing on his home island for more than 50 years. His name is Takemitsu Shinzato, a member of the Tokashiki Fisheries Cooperative, and he is known as a master...

Sanshin grand master Terukina to receive 2016 HUOA’s legacy award

Sanshin grand master Terukina to receive 2016 HUOA's legacy award

September 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), led by President Tom Yamamoto, will give its 2016 legacy award to National Living Treasure of Japan Choichi Terukina, 84, who lives in Naha City. The HUOA presents the legacy award annually to honor individuals who...

Editorial: The Government of Japan should abide by IUCN advisement regarding Henoko

September 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Six Japanese NGOs, including the Nature Conservation Society of Japan, jointly submitted a recommendation to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on how to deal with invasive species that will be introduced during construction of a new base...