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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 bases on Okinawa. Both governments, having failed to take an active stance toward consolidating and reducing U.S. bases in Okinawa, bear a substantial responsibility. We protest strongly.

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Editorial: Forty-four years after reversion, Okinawa must decide its own future

May 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

What have the past forty-four years brought to Okinawa? In 1972, the people of Okinawa desired to return to Japan and the protection of its peace constitution, and to achieve self-governance.

But what has actually occurred? The overwhelming burden of U.S. military...

55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

May 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Okinawa marked 44 years since the administration of the islands was given back to Japan from the United States. A rally calling for peace and protecting life was held at a park in the Naha New Urban Center, a former U.S. military facility.

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Former marine returns to Okinawa with photograph exhibition and baseball glove

Former marine returns to Okinawa with photograph exhibition and baseball glove

May 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Dick Bruce, a 77-year-old former U.S. marine who was stationed for a 13-month duration on Camp Courtney in Uruma City in 1958-59, visited an elderly welfare center called Day Service RyCom in Okinawa City on May 7 to display his photographs and mingle with attendees....

Universal Studios Japan cancels planned Okinawa theme park

Universal Studios Japan cancels planned Okinawa theme park

May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 11, Osaka-based USJ Co., Ltd., operator of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) theme parks, officially announced to the Okinawa prefectural government and the Japanese national government that it will cancel a potential plan building a new theme park in Okinawa....

Jasmine and Tiger’s claw – Aroma of Early Summer in Okinawa

May 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Various flowers such as Vaccinium wrightii A. Gray, tiger’s claw, Chinese wood oil tree, and more are blossoming out in the northern part of Okinawa Island, signaling the coming of summer. Some of the flowers are fragrant, and the flowers will be spectacular with...

Honolulu city mayor confirms participation in 6th World Uchinanchu Festival

Honolulu city mayor confirms participation in 6th World Uchinanchu Festival

May 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hisao Tome, Honolulu

At 11:00 a.m. on May 10, a caravan led by Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga visited Honolulu city government to promote the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival. Onaga invited Mayor Kirk Caldwell to attend the festival. The festival will be held...

Japanese government to stop subsidies for air conditioning at 108 Okinawan schools

May 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

The Japanese government has announced that from 2016 onward it will end a portion of subsidies for air-conditioning maintenance in schools near U.S. military bases. The air-conditioning maintenance is part of a soundproofing program that the...

Governor Takeshi Onaga and Governor David Ige encourage Okinawa-Hawaii cultural exchange

Governor Takeshi Onaga and Governor David Ige encourage Okinawa-Hawaii cultural exchange

May 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hisao Tome in Honolulu, Hawaii

An Okinawan team promoting the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival scheduled for October, headed by Governor Takeshi Onaga, is traveling to two countries and four cities in North America to encourage attendance for the festival....

LGBT rights advocates share their experiences: “Just be yourself”

LGBT rights advocates share their experiences: “Just be yourself”

May 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 29 at Go-ma House in Nakasonecho, Okinawa City, an “Attractive Town Seminar” was held at the Multicultural Living Cafe@LGBT to get people to think about the diversity of gender and sexuality. Ramu-chan, Ma-chan, and Ran-chan, who work as radio personalities...

Korean Air Lines starts flight between Naha and Seoul

Korean Air Lines starts flight between Naha and Seoul

May 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Korean Air Lines, the largest airline in South Korea, began regular flights between Naha and Seoul on May 5. This is the first time the airline has operated regular flights to Okinawa on the Seoul-Naha route. On the first flight from Seoul’s Incheon International...