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350 people protest Futenma Replacement Facility as Camp Schwab sit-ins enter sixth year

350 people protest Futenma Replacement Facility as Camp Schwab sit-ins enter sixth year

July 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 6 about 350 people gathered in front of a Camp Schwab gate, demonstrating their opposition to the construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, for the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma).

This was the first weekend following the announcement of the House of Councillors election, and attendees included supporters of the candidate endorsed by the FRF-opposing All-Okinawa camp, Tetsumi Takara....

 

Japan will not appeal ruling in Hansen’s disease family discrimination lawsuit, however declines commenting on compensation for those affected in pre-reversion Okinawa

Japan will not appeal ruling in Hansen’s disease family discrimination lawsuit, however declines commenting on compensation for those affected in pre-reversion Okinawa

July 9, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Toyko – The Japanese government decided July 9 not to appeal a ruling by the Kumamoto District Court that recognized that as part of the government’s quarantine policy for those afflicted with Hansen’s disease, not only the afflicted but also the families suffered...

Prefectural government aims to pass ordinance this year to protect Okinawan scarce wildlife

Prefectural government aims to pass ordinance this year to protect Okinawan scarce wildlife

July 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has decided to propose to the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly an ordinance to protect scarce prefectural wildlife, due to the poaching and exploitation of Okinawa’s wildlife.

Because there are many rare forms of wildlife...

U.S. military again removes residents’ protest tents near Northern Training Area N1 zone gate

U.S. military again removes residents’ protest tents near Northern Training Area N1 zone gate

July 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Local residents who oppose Northern Training Area (NTA) helipads have set up tents, tent furnishings, simple toilets and other items as part of their opposition in front of the NTA’s N1 zone gate.

On July 2 the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa removed these...

Okinawan Mozuku, and edible seaweed, is struggling with poor harvests, leading to an increase in price and 6,000 ton decrease in production

Okinawan Mozuku, and edible seaweed, is struggling with poor harvests, leading to an increase in price and 6,000 ton decrease in production

July 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Erina Ishii

Due to a poor harvest of Okinawan mozuku in 2019, production totals have decreased by 6,000 tons from 2018 levels, and are expected to total around 15,000 tons.

It is believed to be caused by a combination of factors including climate...

Kurara Chibana publishes her first anthology

Kurara Chibana publishes her first anthology

June 29, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 28, 37-year-old model and actress from Naha, Kurara Chibana’s first anthology “At the Beginning, There was Love” was released at bookstores.

The anthology will hit Okinawa’s shelves at the beginning of July.

Besides writing about her...

“Okinawa’s kitchen” is open for business at temporary site

“Okinawa’s kitchen” is open for business at temporary site

July 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Makishi Public Market has re-opened on July 1, at its temporary location in Matsuo, Naha City, at a town square formerly known as the Nigiwai Hiroba. The temporary market houses 84 shops inside a two-story prefabricated building situated on a 1970-square-meter...

Editorial: Sixty years after Miyamori Elementary School plane crash, the dangerous conditions have not changed

June 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The children were passing out milk for school lunch, when suddenly they were bombarded by thunderous noise and balls of fire. It has been 60 years since a U.S. military jet crashed into Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa City (now Uruma), killing 18 people and...

Sixty years after U.S. jet crash kills 18 elementary school pupils, Okinawans pray for peace at memorial ceremony

Sixty years after U.S. jet crash kills 18 elementary school pupils, Okinawans pray for peace at memorial ceremony

June 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

June 30 marked the 60th anniversary of the 1959 crash of a U.S. military jet from Kadena Air Base onto Miyamori Elementary School and the residential district of Ishikawa, Uruma City (Ishikawa City at the time), which killed 18 elementary school pupils....

Peach Air resumes operation of Naha-to-Hong-Kong flight

Peach Air resumes operation of Naha-to-Hong-Kong flight

June 29, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 28, Osaka-based Peach Aviation resumed its Naha-to-Hong-Kong flight, which had been out of operation for one year and eight months. There will be one flight per day each day of the week. To celebrate the resumption of operation, CEO Shinichi Inoue and others...

Two young Okinawa descendants share their intercultural challenges

Two young Okinawa descendants share their intercultural challenges

June 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Correspondent Celso Akihide Shiroma

On June 9, Brazil’s People of Okinawa Prefecture Association Youth Division and Urizun Okinawa Prefecture Foreign Exchange Student Trainee OB Association hosted a joint symposium at the People of Okinawa Prefecture headquarters....