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Kenzaburo Oe and 23 other artists and intellectuals release statement supporting governor’s revocation of Henoko land reclamation permit

Kenzaburo Oe and 23 other artists and intellectuals release statement supporting governor’s revocation of Henoko land reclamation permit

October 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 26, twenty-four artists and intellectuals from around Japan, including Osaka City University professor emeritus Kenichi Miyamoto and Kenzaburo Oe, released a statement lauding Governor Takeshi Onaga’s decision to revoke authorization to reclaim land off Henoko, Nago. The statement announces, “We support the revocation of authorization to reclaim land to build a U.S. military base in Henoko.”

The group that released the statement is...

 

Communities celebrate Kajimaya with an autocade

Communities celebrate Kajimaya with an autocade

October 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of Kajimaya, an event held to honour 97 year-olds or “golden-agers”, autocades paraded through Yafuso on October 17 and Iso on October 18 in Urasoe City. Onlookers from the communities prayed for their own longevity.

Akira Chinen and Shotaro...

Farmers Concern Subsidy Reduction for Sugar Cane at TPP Meeting

Farmers Concern Subsidy Reduction for Sugar Cane at TPP Meeting

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sugar cane producers and agriculture-related institutions gathered at the Okinawa Times Building in Naha City on October 22 to learn about the Trans Pacific Partnership, which leaders are set to sign off on.

The Agriculture & Livestock Industries...

US air base construction: Onaga critical of government’s refusal to hear Okinawan concerns

US air base construction: Onaga  critical of government’s refusal to hear Okinawan concerns

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 29, the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Bureau began construction for the planned relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. On the same day, Governor Takeshi Onaga held a news conference at the prefectural office building,...

Government blocks Okinawa Governor’s revocation of Henoko landfill

October 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a Cabinet meeting held on October 27, the national government decided to demand Okinawa Prefectural Government retract its revocation of landfill in Henoko, Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station...

Eighty-six-year-old Fumiko Shimabukuro takes a stand in front of Camp Schwab

Eighty-six-year-old Fumiko Shimabukuro takes a stand in front of Camp Schwab

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 29, the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Bureau officers entered U.S. Marine Camp Schwab with construction vehicles for land reclamation and building the new base in Henoko, Nago. Eighty-six-year-old Fumiko Shimabukuro, continuing protest activities against...

[Extra] Government takes step towards building new US base in Henoko amid protest


October 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

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Karate Day: Over 2,000 people including children perform in Naha

Karate Day: Over 2,000 people including children perform in Naha

October 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 25, in commemoration of Karate Day, which highlights that Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate, events were held at a square in front of Tenbus-kan Hall and in Kokusai Street.

The Okinawa...

Strong opposition against temporary deployments of US Air National Guard F-16 squadrons to Kadena

Strong opposition against temporary deployments of US Air National Guard F-16 squadrons to Kadena

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Five F-16 fighters belonging to the 125th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron located at Tulsa Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma landed at Kadena U.S. Air Base on October 22. According to the U.S. Air Force, 12 F-16 fighters will be deployed temporarily to Kadena...

18 organizations light candles in Osaka to support Governor’s revocation of landfill permit

18 organizations light candles in Osaka to support Governor’s revocation of landfill permit

October 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of October 20, “Stop! Henoko New Base Construction! Osaka Action,” a group made up of 18 citizens’ organizations working on the Okinawa base issue in Japan’s Kansai region, held a candlelight vigil in front of JR Osaka Station to show their...

Record number of tourist visits to Okinawa in 2015 high season

October 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 20, Okinawa’s prefectural government publicized the number of tourists to visit the prefecture in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year (April – September). The number reached a record high of 4,093,000, exceeding the number of tourists during...