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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 of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. In front of the old Camp Schwab gate, the VFP members raised their fists in unison with local protesters and carried banners in English...

 

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...

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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...

Takahashi wants Japanese media to report on movement for mainland to accept bases

Takahashi wants Japanese media to report on movement for mainland to accept bases

December 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Japan National Press Club on December 2, 61 reporters attended a lecture delivered by Tetsuya Takahashi, a professor of philosophy at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo, about his work Considering Relocation of Okinawa’s U.S....

Editorial
Calling for justice in court: Governor Onaga’s statement counters base-related falsehoods

December 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

It was a moment that will go down in Okinawa’s history. Each and every one of the governor’s words was a perfect expression of Okinawans’ long-held sentiment.

Governor Takeshi Onaga appeared in court for the initial hearing in the execution by proxy...

JICA Okinawa holds Exchange Festival 2015

JICA Okinawa holds Exchange Festival 2015

November 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7 and 8, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held the Okinawa International Cooperation and Exchange Festival 2015 at the Okinawa International Center in Maeda, Urasoe. JICA’s interns, learning about technology from all over the world,...