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Onaga-Kennedy Meeting: We Call for Unconditional Closure of Futenma–Don’t Treat Okinawa as a Colony

Yoshikazu Shiohira, Editor-in-Chief of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Takeshi Onaga and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will hold their first meeting on June 19.

We hope the two leaders to engage in frank debate in order to achieve unconditional closure of U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma and halt the construction of a new U.S. base at Henoko, Nago. At the same time, we hope they will discuss how to find a path to end the de facto colonial state of Okinawa and achieve democracy...

 

Hawaiian high school students visit to learn about Okinawa

Hawaiian high school students visit to learn about Okinawa

June 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifteen Okinawan Hawaiian high school students met Mitsuo Ageda, Okinawa’s vice-governor and Akira Moromizato, the head of the boards of education, at Okinawa Prefecture Office on June 11. They visited Okinawa on June 6 and are scheduled to stay here for two weeks...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly ruling Party submits proposal for dirt and sand regulations that could affect base relocation

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly ruling Party submits proposal for dirt and sand regulations that could affect base relocation

June 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly ruling party submitted to the prefectural assembly office a regulation proposal that would regulate the introduction of foreign species when landfill materials such as dirt, sand and gravel are brought in from outside...

Blind Student Mitoya chases her dream to be a Sanshin singer

Blind Student Mitoya chases her dream to be a Sanshin singer

June 9, 2015 Ryota Nakamura of Ryukyu Shimpo 

A 15-year old blind high school student fascinated by Ryukyuan traditional music is taking steps towards her dream of becoming a sanshin singer for Ryukyuan dance in Okinawa. In Tokyo, Misuzu Mitoya met a graduate of the Okinawa Prefectural University...

Yoko Gushiken inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame

Yoko Gushiken inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame

June 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Canastota, New York

Yoko Gushiken, the former WBA light flyweight champion, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 15. An Okinawa native, Gushiken holds the Japanese record of 13 world title defenses. The modern...

Glowing mushrooms in the forest of Yamabaru during rainy season

Glowing mushrooms in the forest of Yamabaru during rainy season

June 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the forest of Yambaru, Mycena lux-coeli mushrooms (Shii no tomoshibi-dake) light up during the rainy season. Toru Hosonuma, a resident of Motobu, took photos of the mushrooms near the Nago Youth Center in Nago-dake, Nago. About 40 glowing mushrooms, which are...

Former nation’s leaders criticize government for forcing through construction of new US base

Former nation's leaders criticize government for forcing through construction of new US base

June 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 9, former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama and former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono talked about the 70 th anniversary of the end of the war. The talk was sponsored by the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo.

Murayama criticized the Abe administration...

Okinawan Hawaiian youth sets up new group to support HUOA

Okinawan Hawaiian youth sets up new group to support HUOA

June 7, 2015 Hanae Higa Gushiken, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In order to promote activities of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), young Okinawan Hawaiians in their 20s’ to 30s’ have set up a new group called “Shinka.” The group has become the 50th member...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama promotes Okinawa’s peaceful role in East Asia

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama promotes Okinawa's peaceful role in East Asia

June 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Nago Civic Hall on the afternoon of June 6, the East Asian Community Institute/World YUAI Forum held a symposium to discuss conservation of the natural environment in the Yambaru, Northern Okinawa. The symposium also declared opposition to the plan to move U.S....

Opinion poll: 95% want experiences of the Battle of Okinawa handed down

June 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV) carried out a telephone poll on May 30 and 31 ahead of the upcoming memorial for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa.

In the survey, 94.8 percent of respondents said they wanted...

Gov. Onaga Attends Opening Ceremony of Okinawa Collection at Washington University

June 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Washington D.C.

A collection of books showcasing Okinawan history, culture, politics and arts, called the “Okinawa Collection”, was released at the George Washington University library in Washington City on June 2. The collection...