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Newly elected House of Representatives members report their victories to residents’ sit-in Henoko

Newly elected House of Representatives members report their victories to residents’ sit-in Henoko

December 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Seiken Akamine, Kantoku Teruya, Denny Tamaki and Toshinobu Nakazato, who were elected in single-seat constituencies in Okinawa’s House of Representatives poll, visited the sit-in protest site at U.S. Marine Camp Schwab. About 70 citizens cheered passionately for them. In front of the gate of Camp Schwab, citizen groups continue the sit-in protest against construction of a new U.S. air base to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma...

 

Henoko protesters celebrate anti-US base candidates winning all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

Henoko protesters celebrate anti-US base candidates winning all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

December 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of December 15 overnight after a national House of Representatives election, underwater research activities by the Okinawa Defense Bureau were confirmed off the coast of Camp Schwab in the Henoko district of Nago. The U.S. and Japanese governments...

Yaese Town and Koyo High School co-create Chinese-language promotional video on Okinawa tourism

Yaese Town and Koyo High School co-create Chinese-language promotional video on Okinawa tourism

December 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yaese Town and 26 students belonging to a Chinese course in Koyo High School have co-created a promotional video about the town in Chinese.

On November 28, they screened the movie at the school.

The students worked in 8 groups to create the video,...

Easing of restrictions on US soldiers’ drinking worries residents

Easing of restrictions on US soldiers' drinking worries residents

December 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 9, U.S. forces in Japan eased its ‘liberty policy’, the code of conduct for the U.S. service members and civilian employees in Okinawa. The new regulation allows them to stay out and drink somewhat freely during off-duty hours. The U.S. military...

75-year-old Okinawan woman attains a Karate black belt

75-year-old Okinawan woman attains a Karate black belt

December 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

75-year-old Tsuneko Machida from Uechi Style Ageda Women’s Karate School in Adaniya, Kitanakagusuku Village passed a level four test. Tsuneko joined the Karate School when she was 63 years old. For 12 years, she regularly attended practices on Wednesdays...

Higashi to become new president of WUB

Higashi to become new president of WUB

December 9, 2014 4 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Consultant of the Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association, Yoshikazu Higashi, who is also president of the Okinawa Tourist Service, will take up a post as the new president of the organization on January 1 next year. The current...

Marine major admits his involvement in a hit-and-run accident in Okinawa

December 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A 67-year-old-man who had been riding a mini-bike on Prefectural Road 75 in Okinawa City was found lying unconscious on the road after a hit and run on December 4. The man was taken to a hospital where he remains in serious condition. The Okinawa Prefectural...

[Editorial]All four candidates opposing construction of a new base win the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election: declaration of intent against unreasonable U.S. base-hosting burden

December 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four candidates opposing construction of a new base have won the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election, in yet another clear statement of Okinawan people’s will. The winners are from the bipartisan forces that secured Takeshi Onaga’s...

Whooper swan resting in Ogimi

Whooper swan resting in Ogimi

December 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 30, a whooper swan was observed for the first time in Ogimi resting at Taiho dam.

Whooper swans come to Japan as winter birds, and they are often observed in Hokkaido and Tohoku regions. It is rare to find them in Okinawa. Masakuni Yamashiro,...

Former US soldiers of Okinawan descent; war destroys all

Former US soldiers of Okinawan descent; war destroys all

December 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum held a symposium “Okinawa reflected in the eyes of second-generation Japanese-American Uchinanchu during and after the war” in Itoman on February 6. Takejiro Higa, 91, who served in the Battle of Okinawa...

20,029 people complete the 30th Naha Marathon

 20,029 people complete the 30th Naha Marathon

December 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha City Government and other organizations held the 30th Naha Marathon on December 7. Participants started in front of Meijibashi intersection on National Route 58 in Naha and ran 42.195 kilometers in the southern part of Okinawa. They finished at Onoyama...