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Okinawa’s annual tourism revenue exceeds 600 billion yen for the first time in 2015

June 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government announced on JuneFigure-2
27 that Okinawa’s tourism revenue for 2015 was 602,214,000,000 yen. This is a 12.7 percent increase from the year before, the highest annual revenue to date for the third year in a row, and the first time that the annual revenue has reached the...

 

U.S. military rejects survey of buried cultural artifacts, cites supplementary agreement

June 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, it was discovered that the U.S. Marine Corps refused a request by the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education to conduct surveys at three sites within U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma as part of an excavation project being carried out inside the base....

Japan’s National Federation of UNESCO Associations holds convention to discuss sustainable peace in Okinawa

Japan's National Federation of UNESCO Associations holds convention to discuss sustainable peace in Okinawa

June 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s National Federation of UNESCO Associations opened its 72nd convention on June 25 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City. The convention was held for the first time in 34 years, the last being in 1982.

About 500 members from UNESCO associations...

Ourasaki Memorial Service at Henoko; prayers for war dead

Ourasaki Memorial Service at Henoko; prayers for war dead

June 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A memorial service for people who died in the Ourasaki internment camp right after the Battle of Okinawa was held in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, the US military base in Henoko, Nago City on June 23. The internment camp was located in Camp Schwab.

Approximately...

Youth from Okinawa, Hiroshima and Nagasaki share thoughts on peace

Youth from Okinawa, Hiroshima and Nagasaki share thoughts on peace

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23 at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, the “Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa Wakamun Conference 2016” was held. The participants were young people who act as peace guides in the three prefectures that had tremendous damage during World War...

US military civilian worker arrested on suspicion of drink driving, causing accident

June 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 5:24 a.m. on June 26, Okinawa prefectural police arrested a civilian worker at a United States air base on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Law (driving under the influence of alcohol). The culprit, who lives in the Goya district of Okinawa City, denied...

Editorial: In declaration, Governor Onaga calls for protection of human rights and peace

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In a peace declaration made at the June 23 memorial to mourn those who were sacrificed in the Battle of Okinawa, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga called on the Japanese and U.S. governments to reduce the U.S. Marine presence on Okinawa as a concrete measure to protect...

Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony attendees vow peace and object to Okinawa made scapegoat

Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony attendees vow peace and object to Okinawa made scapegoat

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, where the final fight of the Battle of Okinawa took place, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Prefectural Assembly held the Okinawa Memorial Day Ceremony on June 23, the 71st anniversary of the end of the battle....

All Okinawa Kaigi demands Japanese Government withdrawal of US marines from Okinawa

All Okinawa Kaigi demands Japanese Government withdrawal of US marines from Okinawa

June 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Co-representative of All Okinawa Kaigi (All Okinawa Coalition) and Meio University student Ai Tamaki, and other members, met Osamu Hayashizaki, vice-minister for policy coordination in the Cabinet Office, in Tokyo on June 22. They handed over a resolution that was...

Editorial: Okinawans at mass rally protesting base employee incident say no to Marines and bases as their anger has surpassed tipping point

June 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

As long as there are bases in Okinawa, incidents perpetrated by the U.S. military and base employees that violate women’s human rights and put their lives in danger will continue to occur.

The anger and sadness of Okinawans can no longer be expressed in...

Okinawa organizations to tackle child poverty

June 17,2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the aim of tackling child poverty in Okinawa, 105 organizations in the prefecture have launched a new organization called “Future of Children in Okinawa”, kicking it off with a conference at Okinawa Prefectural Office in Naha on June 17. The organization...