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Arrests of US service members for drunk driving rise 45%

December 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

One year has passed since the U.S. military in Japan revised its ‘liberty policy’, the code of conduct for the U.S. service members and civilian employees in Okinawa, and allowed staying out and drinking off base during off-duty hours.

According to the Okinawa Prefectural Police, 42 U.S. service members were arrested for driving while drunk for the period between December 9, 2014 and December 8, 2015. The figure rose 44.8 percent over the same...

 

OIST scientist proposes new theory on limited migration of coral reefs in Okinawa

OIST scientist proposes new theory on limited migration of coral reefs in Okinawa

December 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 10, Chuya Shinzato of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) Marine Genomics Unit announced the results of research into the coral genetic information of coral reefs found in the Ryukyu Archipelago. The result shows...

Over 30,000 letters supporting Okinawa Governor Onaga

December 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 10, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga marked his first anniversary since taking office. The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) continues to receive letters from across Japan supporting the governor. In an unusual situation, in which the OPG is fighting...

Veterans for Peace protest in solidarity at Henoko: “No New Bases in Henoko or Takae”

Veterans for Peace protest in solidarity at Henoko: “No New Bases in Henoko or Takae”

December 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of December 11, eleven members of Veterans for Peace (VFP), an organization made up of U.S. military veterans, joined the sit-in protest in front of the Camp Schwab gate. Citizen protests continue here daily in opposition to the planned relocation...

Governor Onaga does not approve construction of helipads in Takae

December 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a November gathering of the prefectural assembly, Governor of Okinawa Takeshi Onaga stated that considering the current circumstances surrounding planned construction of the helipad in Higashi Village, Takae and possible use of U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey...

Editorial
Futenma land return a mere 0.8%–calling for operations to be suspended within five years and all land returned in full

December 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese governments recently agreed on the return of two small slivers of land totaling 7 hectares, a mere 0.031% of the total 22,370 hectares of Okinawan land being used exclusively for U.S. military facilities. Is this really the “visible progress”...

Hotel Hyakuna Garan Okinawa receives three global awards

Hotel Hyakuna Garan Okinawa receives three global awards

December 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Resort hotel Hyakuna Garan Okinawa in Nanjo has received global awards and raised its profile both in Japan and overseas. The hotel received the World Luxury Hotel Award, Hotel of the Year, and Luxury Travel Guide Award in the June to September period. Specialists...

Okinawan cherished actor Tomi Taira dies at 87

Okinawan cherished actor Tomi Taira dies at 87

December 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 6, actor Tomiko Taira, known as Tomi Taira, died of respiratory failure caused by blood poisoning. Taira was from Naha.

When she was 13 years old, Taira joined the Kojiro Onaga troupe in Ishigaki. Along with her husband Susumu, she also participated...

F-16 fighter jet noise pollution 1.39 times higher than before aircraft training started in Kadena

December 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 3, Kadena Town revealed aircraft noise levels had increased, including late evening and early morning flights, since F-16 fighters, which are based at Tulsa Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma, began training at Kadena Air Base. Kadena Town authorities...

300 Christmas cakes presented to Okinawa welfare organizations

300 Christmas cakes presented to Okinawa welfare organizations

December 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Confectionery Association led by Chairman Tsunemitsu Heianna gifted 300 handmade Christmas cakes to the 72 social welfare organizations in Okinawa on December 3. A ceremony was held at the Okinawa Prefecture General Welfare Center in Shuri, Naha to...

Okinawa asks Japan to inspect Camp Schwab for human remains

December 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the regular meeting of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly on December 3, Takeshi Kinjo of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) said there is a high possibility that the remains of those who died in what used to be Ourasaki camp, which is currently located...