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Family of Korean war victims faces difficulty in getting names inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

Family of Korean war victims faces difficulty in getting names inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

October 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The family of two Korean war victims who were suspected to have died in Okinawa had been hoping to get the victims’ names inscribed on the Cornerstone of Peace in Mabuni, Itoman City. However, on October 5, they were told they could not apply because there was no official record to prove the victims died in Okinawa. A representative of “Okinawa han no hi no kai,” an organization that helps war victim families with procedures to get names inscribed, said,...

 

Joint use of US training area by SDF for anti-guerilla exercises could entail burden increase

October 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 4, it was discovered that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) has a plan to conduct joint use of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area as a training area for the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to engage in anti-guerilla warfare training. The information...

Citizens criticize city assembly for approving Self Defense Force deployment to Ishigaki

Citizens criticize city assembly for approving Self Defense Force deployment to Ishigaki

September 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the debate over deployment of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to Ishigaki City, a rally march and citizens’ gathering were held on September 29 in protest of the city assembly’s passing of a resolution to request the deployment.

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Japanese team, including Kinjo, Kyuna and Uemura, wins three consecutive championships at Karate 1 Premier League

Japanese team, including Kinjo, Kyuna and Uemura, wins three consecutive championships at Karate 1 Premier League

October 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The World Karate 1 Premier League was held on October 2 at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha City. The Japanese team, including Arata Kinjo, Ryo Kyuna and Takuya Uemura, who belong to Ryueiryu and the National team, won three consecutive championship titles...

Sun the dolphin celebrates his first birthday at Motobu Genki Village, shakes hands with preschoolers

Sun the dolphin celebrates his first birthday at Motobu Genki Village, shakes hands with preschoolers

October 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

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The male bottlenose dolphin, Sun, celebrated his first birthday on September 26 at Motobu Genki Village in Motohama, Motobu. He celebrated with the class of two- to four-year-olds from Hikari Preschool, who sang “Happy Birthday” and fed the dolphin...

Rare Okinawa woodpecker spotted in Takae

Rare Okinawa woodpecker spotted in Takae

October 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Construction of new helicopter landing pads (helipads) is scheduled in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA), which spans across Higashi Village and Kunigami Village. Around Arakawa dam, which neighbors the NTA, an Okinawa woodpecker, which has been...

80 percent of Ishigaki Island’s coral reefs becoming bleached

80 percent of Ishigaki Island’s coral reefs becoming bleached

October 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 11, Ishigaki Island Coastal Leisure Safety Council examined the problem of bleached coral, using a small-sized drone in Yonehara Beach at the north shore of Ishigaki City. The survey revealed that 80 to 90 percent of coral filmed was bleached. Some...

Okinawa appeals ruling in Henoko lawsuit, says high court overstepped its authority

October 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Commentary by Ryota Shimabukuro

The Okinawa prefectural government has appealed a ruling made by the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court that ruled Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s cancellation of approval to reclaim land in Henoko, Nago City to be “illegal”....

Higashi Village’s Osprey and helicopter noise complaints in June outnumber those from last year

September 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Within June of this year, the number of noise complaints made to Higashi Village Office concerning MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and helicopters reached about 60. On September 28, it was publicized that these June complaints outnumbered...

Prime Minister Abe greatly downplays amount of land needed for US military helipads in Takae

Prime Minister Abe greatly downplays amount of land needed for US military helipads in Takae

October 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense made public at the House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting on October 3 that a 162.93-hectare portion of the Northern Training Area (in Higashi and Kunigami Villages), including the additionally provided Ukagawa area, will be developed...

Four years after Osprey deployment, some call for a stop to operations; others positive

Four years after Osprey deployment, some call for a stop to operations; others positive

October 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Ginowan) October 1 marks four years since MV-22 Osprey verticle takeoff and landing transport aircraft were deployed, despite local opposition, to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma in Ginowan City. Protesters who blockaded the base to express their...