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1,300 people commemorate establishment of “All Okinawa Kaigi,”aimed at preventing Henoko base construction

1,300 people commemorate establishment of “All Okinawa Kaigi,”aimed at preventing Henoko base construction

December 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 14 marked the establishment of a new organization called the “All Okinawa Kaigi” to prevent the construction of a new base in Henoko. The organization is a broad-based coalition encompassing many political parties, citizens’ groups, and business organizations committed to preventing the construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago. As the Okinawa prefectural government and the Japanese central government prepare for a showdown...

 

Okinawa’s potential to fulfill large role in Sino-Japanese relations discussed

Okinawa’s potential to fulfill large role in Sino-Japanese relations discussed

December 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tsuyoshi Arakaki reports from Beijing

The Ryukyu Forum addressing Okinawa’s present condition and aiming to assign roles in Sino-Japanese cultural exchange opened on December 14 at Beijing Normal University, with Okinawan politicians, scholars, and reporters...

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...

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...

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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...