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They call me Happy—Happy’s 111th birthday bash

They call me Happy—Happy’s 111th birthday bash

June 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kamado Tsuha’s secret to staying energetic at 111 is Okinawan andagi donuts. On Jun 10, Tsuha, the oldest man living in Okinawa, celebrated his 111th birthday in Yomitan Village. His birthday party was held at the nursing home Tsuha currently resides. Mayor Denjitsu Ishimine and FC Ryukyu forward Yukihide Gibo joined Tsuha’s family to celebrate his longevity; Tsuha has lived to see five imperial eras, from Meiji to Reiwa. The table was set up with his favorite...

 

Landowners of U.S. base-used land in Okinawa increasingly reside outside the prefecture

Landowners of U.S. base-used land in Okinawa increasingly reside outside the prefecture

June 9, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 8 media coverage at the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) found that over the last six years, out of all landowners who own Okinawan land being contractually leased out for U.S. military base use, the number of these landowners residing outside of Okinawa has...

“Political monitoring is the job of the media” Isoko Mochizuki and Kihei Maekawa reveal the inner workings of the prime minister’s office and the media at symposium for the opening of the new movie “Shimbun Kisha”

“Political monitoring is the job of the media” Isoko Mochizuki and Kihei Maekawa reveal the inner workings of the prime minister’s office and the media at symposium for the opening of the new movie “Shimbun Kisha”

June 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A symposium titled, “The Authority of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Status of Journalistic Media,” (hosted by Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd., sponsored by Star Sands, in collaboration with Aeon Entertainment) held as part of the opening for the movie “Shimbun...

“I am vehemently opposed to the construction of a base connected to war”—actor Masane Tsukayama attends Henoko sit-in

“I am vehemently opposed to the construction of a base connected to war”—actor Masane Tsukayama attends Henoko sit-in

June 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

(Henoko reporting team) On June 7, around 30 citizens participated in a sit-in in front of U.S. military Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, where construction work for a new base is underway as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma....

Dangers of MCAS Futenma not limited to Ginowan, helicopter’s blade tape falls onto Uranishi Junior High

Dangers of MCAS Futenma not limited to Ginowan, helicopter’s blade tape falls onto Uranishi Junior High

June 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 5 the U.S. Marine Corps confirmed that an object from a helicopter stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma) fell onto the grounds of Uranishi Junior High School in Urasoe City, Okinawa. The object was a piece of blade tape from one of the...

MCAS Futenma helicopter’s blade tape falls on Uranishi Junior High, raising concerns about Marine Corps aircraft maintenance

MCAS Futenma helicopter’s blade tape falls on Uranishi Junior High, raising concerns about Marine Corps aircraft maintenance

June 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 3:30 p.m. on June 4 an object that appears to be a piece from a U.S. military aircraft fell onto the tennis court of Uranishi Junior High School in Toyama, Urasoe City. On June 5 the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa assessed the object had fallen off of a CH-53E...

Editorial: UN special rapporteur indicates freedom of expression in Japan in danger; infringing on freedom of expression is inexcusable

June 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Freedom of expression is in a crisis in Japan.

In a new report released by David Kaye, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, is demanding that the Japanese government respect...

Close call: students found playing with unexploded hand grenade

Close call: students found playing with unexploded hand grenade

June 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 5, it was discovered that several male elementary and junior high school students were found playing with an unexploded hand grenade on May 30 in Ginowan, Okinawa. The students had been throwing it around and bicycling around with it in their bicycle baskets....

“It could have been me”–participants of memorial and protest wear black, shed tears for woman killed by U.S. soldier

“It could have been me”--participants of memorial and protest wear black, shed tears for woman killed by U.S. soldier

June 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Chatan) “It could have been me…” At an emergency memorial and protest held June 2 to remember the murder of a woman by a serviceman in the U.S. Marine Corps in Chatan, Okinawa in April, participants prayed for the victim to rest in peace and confirmed...

Photographer Mao Ishikawa wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Photographer Mao Ishikawa wins Lifetime Achievement Award

June 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Photographic Society of Japan held an awards ceremony on Jun 3, at the Sasakawa Hall in Tokyo, where Mao Ishikawa was awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Ishikawa was presented a certificate and a trophy. She pledged to “Continue to create ‘made in...

Prefectural protest of 700 people gathers by Camp Schwab calling for FRF construction to stop

Prefectural protest of 700 people gathers by Camp Schwab calling for FRF construction to stop

June 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 1 there was a large prefectural protest against construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, which met in front of the gate to Camp Schwab. About 700 people attended, affirming their solidarity in calling for base construction...