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“Political monitoring is the job of the media” Isoko Mochizuki and Kihei Maekawa reveal the inner workings of the prime minister’s office and the media at symposium for the opening of the new movie “Shimbun Kisha”

“Political monitoring is the job of the media” Isoko Mochizuki and Kihei Maekawa reveal the inner workings of the prime minister’s office and the media at symposium for the opening of the new movie “Shimbun Kisha”

June 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A symposium titled, “The Authority of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Status of Journalistic Media,” (hosted by Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd., sponsored by Star Sands, in collaboration with Aeon Entertainment) held as part of the opening for the movie “Shimbun Kisha,” (English: Newspaper Reporter) was held the evening of June 7 at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Izumizaki, Naha. Isoko Mochizuki from the Tokyo Shimbun and former Vice Minister of Education, Culture,...

 

“I am vehemently opposed to the construction of a base connected to war”—actor Masane Tsukayama attends Henoko sit-in

“I am vehemently opposed to the construction of a base connected to war”—actor Masane Tsukayama attends Henoko sit-in

June 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

(Henoko reporting team) On June 7, around 30 citizens participated in a sit-in in front of U.S. military Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, where construction work for a new base is underway as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma....

Dangers of MCAS Futenma not limited to Ginowan, helicopter’s blade tape falls onto Uranishi Junior High

Dangers of MCAS Futenma not limited to Ginowan, helicopter’s blade tape falls onto Uranishi Junior High

June 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 5 the U.S. Marine Corps confirmed that an object from a helicopter stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma) fell onto the grounds of Uranishi Junior High School in Urasoe City, Okinawa. The object was a piece of blade tape from one of the...

MCAS Futenma helicopter’s blade tape falls on Uranishi Junior High, raising concerns about Marine Corps aircraft maintenance

MCAS Futenma helicopter’s blade tape falls on Uranishi Junior High, raising concerns about Marine Corps aircraft maintenance

June 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 3:30 p.m. on June 4 an object that appears to be a piece from a U.S. military aircraft fell onto the tennis court of Uranishi Junior High School in Toyama, Urasoe City. On June 5 the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa assessed the object had fallen off of a CH-53E...

Editorial: UN special rapporteur indicates freedom of expression in Japan in danger; infringing on freedom of expression is inexcusable

June 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Freedom of expression is in a crisis in Japan.

In a new report released by David Kaye, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, is demanding that the Japanese government respect...

Close call: students found playing with unexploded hand grenade

Close call: students found playing with unexploded hand grenade

June 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 5, it was discovered that several male elementary and junior high school students were found playing with an unexploded hand grenade on May 30 in Ginowan, Okinawa. The students had been throwing it around and bicycling around with it in their bicycle baskets....

“It could have been me”–participants of memorial and protest wear black, shed tears for woman killed by U.S. soldier

“It could have been me”--participants of memorial and protest wear black, shed tears for woman killed by U.S. soldier

June 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Chatan) “It could have been me…” At an emergency memorial and protest held June 2 to remember the murder of a woman by a serviceman in the U.S. Marine Corps in Chatan, Okinawa in April, participants prayed for the victim to rest in peace and confirmed...

Photographer Mao Ishikawa wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Photographer Mao Ishikawa wins Lifetime Achievement Award

June 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Photographic Society of Japan held an awards ceremony on Jun 3, at the Sasakawa Hall in Tokyo, where Mao Ishikawa was awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Ishikawa was presented a certificate and a trophy. She pledged to “Continue to create ‘made in...

Prefectural protest of 700 people gathers by Camp Schwab calling for FRF construction to stop

Prefectural protest of 700 people gathers by Camp Schwab calling for FRF construction to stop

June 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 1 there was a large prefectural protest against construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, which met in front of the gate to Camp Schwab. About 700 people attended, affirming their solidarity in calling for base construction...

Expert discovers JSDF training materials that claim missiles to be stored near residential areas in Miyakojima and Ishigaki have “2 minutes until explosion” in the event of a fire, making evacuation for residents almost impossible

Expert discovers JSDF training materials that claim missiles to be stored near residential areas in Miyakojima and Ishigaki have “2 minutes until explosion” in the event of a fire, making evacuation for residents almost impossible

June 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Manato Akira

It was learned on June 2 that in a Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF) training materials, there is a section that says that when a surface-to-ship guided missile is surrounded by flames, the time it takes for it to explode is about two minutes,...

Beautiful coral spawning confirmed at Tokashiki Island in Okinawa

Beautiful coral spawning confirmed at Tokashiki Island in Okinawa

May 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideaki Yoneda

Takashi Matsuda, 46, of the diving shop Relax Island in Aharen, Tokashiki Village confirmed that the coral of Aharen Beach spawned on the nights of May 22 and 23.

Only once a year, in May or June during the flood tide around the full...