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Governor delivers referendum results, PM’s disregard for it is unacceptable

March 2, 2019 The Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and reported the outcome of the prefectural referendum, in which more than 70% opposed reclaiming land to construct a new base in Henoko.

The prime minister rejected the public consensus, stating: “we cannot leave behind the hazardous situation [of MCAS U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma].”

Clearly, the prime minister’s statement is a contradictory one. Addressing the dangers...

 

Robert Kajiwara tells Governor Tamaki he hopes to convey Okinawa’s problems to the world

Robert Kajiwara tells Governor Tamaki he hopes to convey Okinawa’s problems to the world

March 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 5 the fourth-generation Okinawan-American Robert Kajiwara, who started the White House petition calling for signatures to request a halt to Futenma replacement facility construction in Henoko until after the prefectural referendum, paid a visit to Okinawa...

ODB begins construction of K8 seawall in preparation for impending Oura Bay soil deposits

ODB begins construction of K8 seawall in preparation for impending Oura Bay soil deposits

March 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Manato Akira

On March 4 the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB), which is pushing forward construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, began building the K8 seawall.

The ODB also aims to start depositing soil into the new land reclamation...

Mass protest held outside Prime Minister’s office: “Don’t bury Okinawa”

Mass protest held outside Prime Minister’s office: “Don’t bury Okinawa”

March 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On March 1, a demonstration named “#0301 Don’t Bury Okinawa: Tokyo Mass Protest” was held in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo.

The demonstration was held in the wake of a prefectural referendum in Okinawa, for which voting commenced...

Wedding planners from India come to Okinawa looking to offer Indian-style resort wedding celebrations

Wedding planners from India come to Okinawa looking to offer Indian-style resort wedding celebrations

March 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Wedding planners from four bridal companies in India, where the demand for foreign resort weddings has been increasing, visited Okinawa to explore the possibilities of hosting events in Okinawa.

Resort weddings have become popular with the wealthy class of...

“Lobbying Journal” detailing the “beggars’ march” is published

“Lobbying Journal” detailing the “beggars’ march” is published

March 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 28, the “Lobbying Journal” which covers the activities of late Shoko Ahagon, who took part in the land dispute in Ie Island under U.S. military rule, was published.

The journal details the lobby activities by residents of Ie Village, Okinawa...

Constitutional scholar says central government obligated to pursue relocation outside Okinawa

Constitutional scholar says central government obligated to pursue relocation outside Okinawa

February 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 27 the constitutional scholar and professor emeritus at Keio University, Setsu Kobayashi, spoke with the Ryukyu Shimpo about the results of the prefectural referendum on February 24 which asked Okinawans to vote “yes,” “no,”...

Jinshiro Motoyama of referendum council advises government to heed Okinawans’ wishes

Jinshiro Motoyama of referendum council advises government to heed Okinawans’ wishes

February 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of February 24, “Henoko” Prefectural Referendum Council representative Jinshiro Motoyama held a press conference at the Education and Welfare Center in Furujima, Naha.

Regarding the referendum result, which showed a large majority of...

Okinawans protest the Japanese government’s forceful land reclamation work, ask “Is this democratic nation?” as 43,000 resolution votes opposing the construction go ignored

Okinawans protest the Japanese government’s forceful land reclamation work, ask “Is this democratic nation?” as 43,000 resolution votes opposing the construction go ignored

February 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

[Henoko Base Problem News Crew]The Japanese government continues to force through new base construction at Henoko, part of the relocation of MCAS Futenma, just one day after a resolution vote was held in Okinawa in which over 43,000 people voted...

U.S. military conducts second parachute drop training of 2019 despite opposition

U.S. military conducts second parachute drop training of 2019 despite opposition

February 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Around 5:18 p.m. on February 21 the U.S. military carried out parachute drop training at Kadena Air Base.

This is the second such training this year, following the training on January 23. Kadena Town and Chatan Town received notification...

Referendum indicates majority opposition, construction must stop immediately

February 25, 2019 The Ryukyu Shimpo

The voters’ disapproval was made clear in the results of the prefecture-wide referendum on the construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago City.

It was the first time Okinawans voiced their opinions in a democratic process over construction...