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Editorial: The marvelously non-violent sit-in at Camp Schwab lasts 500 consecutive days

November 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

How on earth does one measure the gravity of a single wish, pursued by many people together? On November 18, the sit-in protest in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, by citizens opposing construction of a new U.S. base reached its 500th consecutive day.

More than 1,000 people took part in the sit-in on this day. Japanese government officials who have not been to the gates of Camp Schwab before do not know how many hours it will take to...

 

OIST president wins physics prize

OIST president wins physics prize

November 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Jonathan Dorfan, president of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), along with David Hitlin, Stephen Olsen, and Fumihiko Takasaki, has been awarded the 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize from the American Physical Society. The prize...

Okinawa Deaf Association asks prefectural government to enact ordinance on sign language

Okinawa Deaf Association asks prefectural government to enact ordinance on sign language

November 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Prefectural Assembly has been working to enact an ordinance for sign language. The assembly aims to submit a proposal at a regular meeting next February and plans for an exploratory committee to exchange opinions with concerned groups and make an inspection...

1,000 people gather in front of Camp Schwab gate to celebrate 500 days of sit-in

1,000 people gather in front of Camp Schwab gate to celebrate 500 days of sit-in

November 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A sit-in protest against construction of a new U.S. air base to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan marked 500 days on November 18. About 1,000 protesters, including prefectural council members, municipal assembly members, and those in citizen...

All Okinawa Council delegates strengthen ties with local US civil society and convey Okinawa’s situation

All Okinawa Council delegates strengthen ties with local US civil society and convey Okinawa’s situation

November 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington DC

A delegation comprising members of the All Okinawa Council, led by Kanehide Group president Morimasa Goya, is currently visiting the United States to express Okinawa’s opposition to the construction of a new US...

Yohei Kono says that forcing construction of new US base is undemocratic

Yohei Kono says that forcing construction of new US base is undemocratic

November 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono delivered a lecture titled “70 years after the war: Yohei Kono speaks about the future of Okinawa and Asia” at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall, Naha, on November 17. About 460 people listened to his lecture.

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Kerama deer swims across sea searching for a mate

Kerama deer swims across sea searching for a mate

November 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Hideaki Yoneda reports from Tokashiki

A wild Kerama deer, a government-designated protected species inhabiting the Kerama Islands, was observed swimming in the ocean around 3:00 p.m. on November 2. Masayuki Komine, a staff member at Tokashiki Village Office,...

Tanadui Festival for prosperity held on Taketomi Island

Tanadui Festival for prosperity held on Taketomi Island

November 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 10, Tanadui Festival and votive performances with more than 600 years of history, and which are designated as significant intangible folk cultural assets, began at Yumuchion on Taketomi Island. Islanders offered dances and performances, such as kyogen...

Gov. Onaga hosts event in Taiwan to promote Okinawa tourism

Gov. Onaga hosts event in Taiwan to promote Okinawa tourism

November 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Wu Li Jun reports from Taipei

On November 13, at the Regent Taipei in Taiwan, Governor Takeshi Onaga hosted an event, “Okinawa Night”, for Taiwanese business leaders and administrative officials who have contributed to Okinawa tourism.

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Governor Onaga says suing by Japanese government reminiscent of “bayonet and bulldozers” under US occupation

Governor Onaga says suing by Japanese government reminiscent of

November 17, Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said at a news conference held at 5:30 p.m. on November 17 that the Japanese government suing to override his revocation of a landfill permit to build a new U.S. base in Henoko “reminded us of the forcible expropriation of land...

200 young people take part in rally against new US base in Henoko

200 young people take part in rally against new US base in Henoko

November 15, Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, in front of the Camp Schwab gate at Henoko, Nago, about 200 young people, including students of the youth group SEALDs RYUKYU, gathered to protest against construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko and Oura Bay.

The protesters criticized the...