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Okinawa governor, mayors of municipalities near Kadena airbase boycott change of command ceremony

Okinawa governor, mayors of municipalities near Kadena airbase boycott change of command ceremony

July 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing held a change of command ceremony on the morning of July 10, with Col. Case Cunningham relieving Brig. Gen. Barry R. Cornish.

Kadena Town Mayor Hiroshi Toyama, Okinawa City Mayor Sachio Kuwae, Chatan Town Mayor Masaharu Noguni and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who were invited to the ceremony, refused to attend, expressing their protest against U.S. military operations, including the use of the former navy aircraft parking...

 

Kazufumi gives a lecture at Ryukyu University about producing Okinawan Kuruchi and avoiding war

Kazufumi gives a lecture at Ryukyu University about producing Okinawan Kuruchi and avoiding war

July 7, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The 93rd Ryukyu University 21st Century Forum was held June 29 at the Ryukyu University Law School in Nishihara. The forum featured musician Kazufumi Miyazawa, who lectured on the topic of, “The future of our island – Kuruchi, uta, and sanshin.” Miyazawa...

Executive Office for the Governor of Okinawa states U.S. military will not be allowed use of Naha Airport as a condition for Futenma return

July 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In regard to the fact that the United States military predicates the return of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma on the ability to use a civilian airport in case of emergencies, Kiichi Jahana, head of the Executive Office for the Governor of Okinawa, said...

Fourth year since first sit-in, renewing efforts to prevent new base construction

Fourth year since first sit-in, renewing efforts to prevent new base construction

July 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

July 7 marked the fourth year since Okinawan citizens began sit-in protests in front of the U.S. military Camp Schwab. The sit-ins are to protests the new base construction, or the relocation of the U.S. military Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City. Early morning...

Sit-in protestors claim fight against Takae construction is ongoing

Sit-in protestors claim fight against Takae construction is ongoing

July 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of July 7, ten citizens waged a sit-in at the front of the N1 Gate to the Northern Training Area (NTA) in Takae, Higashi Village to protest the construction of entry roads leading to helipads. Protestors stated that, “The fight Isn’t over yet.”

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Coral spawning confirmed at Oura Bay

Coral spawning confirmed at Oura Bay

July 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Spawning of Usuedamidoriishi or acropora tenuis, a species of coral, has been confirmed recently on reefs in Oura Bay, Henoko, Nago, where a new airfield is being built as part of the replacement of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan City.

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U.S. base information gathered for Okinawa environmental records to plan smooth use of returned land

U.S. base information gathered for Okinawa environmental records to plan smooth use of returned land

June 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Department of Environmental Affairs has prepared foundational materials titled “U.S. Base Environmental Records”, which contain information regarding the use history of and accidents involving environmental pollution at U.S. military facilities...

A documentary film about Kamejiro Senaga to be released in August

A documentary film about Kamejiro Senaga to be released in August

June 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12 at Sakurazaka Theatre in Naha City, documentary film “Kamejiro, the man the U.S. military was most afraid of” (directed by Takahiko Sako) will be preliminarily screened. The documentary is about politician Kamejiro Senaga who stood firm in protest...

Actor Mitsushima talks about anti-war movie Star Sand, shot in Iejima

Actor Mitsushima talks about anti-war movie Star Sand, shot in Iejima

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A movie depicting the spirit of non-combat, Star Sand, which was shot in Ie Island, was screened at the Sakurazaka Theater in Naha city on June 21. The movie told the story of American and Japanese deserters and a girl on an island of Okinawa during the war. The...

Volunteer group Pokinawa presents plan to set up permanent consultation mechanism to prevent crimes by US military

Volunteer group Pokinawa presents plan to set up permanent consultation mechanism to prevent crimes by US military

July 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 2, in Naha City, the group Pokinawa (Positive Campaign Okinawa), which aims to overcome differences in opinion through dialogue, held a presentation to discuss plans to prevent crimes by U.S. military in light of the rape and murder of an Okinawan woman by...

1,000 Mangoes on one tree at Higa’s Farm in Nakijin!

1,000 Mangoes on one tree at Higa’s Farm in Nakijin!

July 3, 2017 by Takahiro Arashiro Ryukyu Shimpo

Nakijin – A single mango tree has yielded close to 1,000 mangoes at Mineo Higa’s (65) mango farm, “Orchard Higa” in Imadomari, Nakijin, creating a buzz throughout the region. The tree is around 29 years old. The branches of the mango...