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Futenma base will close, but military flights and local complaints persist

April 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginowan City, Okinawa—It was agreed 24 years ago that the U.S. Marine Corps base in Futenma would be closed and the site would be returned to Okinawa. In the meantime, the base burden on Ginowan residents has not lessened. The number of military aircraft flights, which operate day and night, is increasing, especially for transient aircrafts. The city receives frequent complaints from residents every day.

While complaints about interruptions of television...

 

Ishigaki-based Seifuku Distillery to launch 77% alcohol awamori for use as a substitute for alcohol disinfectants for coronavirus

Ishigaki-based Seifuku Distillery to launch 77% alcohol awamori for use as a substitute for alcohol disinfectants for coronavirus

April 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Ishigaki) On April 10, Seifuku Distillery (based in Ishigaki, Okinawa; president: Kenryu Kanna) held a press conference at Ishigaki City Hall and announced that it will start manufacturing awamori called “Seifuku 77” having a 77% alcohol content.

The...

Fields of purple emerge in Ogimi Village

Fields of purple emerge in Ogimi Village

April 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Kijoka, Ogimi Village, the Iris ochroleuca is in full bloom and the flower fields are awash in purple. On the morning of April 8, families and shutterbugs arrived at the flower fields, enjoying the drive and the early summer weather. Yoshiko Okonogi, 69, who visited...

Memorial service for victims of compulsory group suicide held at Chibichiri-gama

Memorial service for victims of compulsory group suicide held at Chibichiri-gama

April 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

During the Battle of Okinawa, immediately following the U.S. military landing on Okinawa Island, on April 2, 1945, 83 residents of the island were gathered for “collective self-determination” (compulsory group suicide) at the natural cave Chibichiri-gama...

“It will endanger the island’s existence.” Kudaka Island, Island of the Gods, Asks Visitors to Stay Away Minami-Daito Does the Same Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

“It will endanger the island’s existence.” Kudaka Island, Island of the Gods, Asks Visitors to Stay Away  Minami-Daito Does the Same Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

April 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Nanjo – On April 7, due to the spread of novel coronavirus, representatives of Kudaka Island, Nanjo asked tourists to refrain from visiting the island. Nagayasu Hokama, head of Kudaka Ward, says that while the request is not intended to regulate entry...

700 JGSDF members stationed at Miyako-jima attend ceremony amid pandemic

700 JGSDF members stationed at Miyako-jima attend ceremony amid pandemic

April 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Miyako-jima, Okinawa—On April 5, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 15th Brigade held a ceremony to conclude the military structuring of Miyako-jima base in Ueno-nobaru, Miyako-jima City. The event was held against requests from the city and the...

Money for the afterlife, “Uchikabi” production springs into peak production as the Okinawan shimi season kicks off

Money for the afterlife, “Uchikabi” production springs into peak production as the Okinawan shimi season kicks off

April 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A vital part of shimi in Okinawa, the tomb sweeping festival season, as well as the Bon festival, the peak season for manufacturing “uchikabi,” money for the afterlife, has arrived. Showa Seishi (Uruma), Okinawa’s only manufacturer of...

Shuri Castle main hall to be restored by 2026, according to schedule decided on at ministerial meeting

Shuri Castle main hall to be restored by 2026, according to schedule decided on at ministerial meeting

March 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of March 27, the government held a meeting of relevant ministers, headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, to discuss the restoration of Shuri Castle at the Prime Minister’s official residence. The members of the meeting drew up a schedule...

Okinawan economic organizations come together to call for aid for business owners from Governor Tamaki amid coronavirus pandemic

Okinawan economic organizations come together to call for aid for business owners from Governor Tamaki amid coronavirus pandemic

March 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Representatives from 12 economic organizations in Okinawa gathered at the Okinawa Harbor View Hotel in Naha March 31 for a Committee of Okinawan Economic Organizations meeting (Denichiro Ishimine, chair), where they asked Governor Denny Tamaki to enact emergency...

Editorial: Expert panel calls for public discourse on base-issues

March 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

How should Henoko’s military base construction issue, stemming from the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, be addressed? An expert panel recently provided an answer to this question.

Okinawa prefecture previously formed the “Bankoku...

Editorial: 75 years after U.S. landing on Kerama, remember the past for a peaceful future

March 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Reject all things that beget war.

The tragedy that took the precious lives and wealth of Okinawans must not be forgotten, but passed on. We must renew this promise, to ensure peace in Okinawa.

The Battle of Okinawa began at the end of March in 1945,...