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Amnesty International begins international movement calling for the immediate release of imprisoned Okinawan peace movement leader

January 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reporting from Washington D.C.

The international human rights organization Amnesty International began an international campaign calling for the immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro, director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center on January 26. Yamashiro was arrested, indicted, and has been detained for an extended period of time for his part in the protests opposing the new base construction in Henoko and the helipad construction in...

 

Editorial: With U.S. trip, governor needs strategy for breakthrough on new base issue

January 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Takeshi Onaga has departed for his third trip to the United States since taking office. He will visit Congress members and think tanks that have influence on the new Trump administration and call for abandonment of the plan to build a new base in conjunction...

Okinawa tourism expanding to Thailand with increasing promotion and flights

Okinawa tourism expanding to Thailand with increasing promotion and flights

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

With tourists from Thailand expected to increase due to new flights between Bangkok and Naha in February, the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is carrying out projects to support the expanding tourism market.

In addition to making services...

Pastry shop company Edelweiss founded by Okinawan to expand its business in France

Pastry shop company Edelweiss founded by Okinawan to expand its business in France

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, western pastry manufacturer and sales shop Edelweiss announced its plan to expand business in Europe. It is rare for a Japanese company to buy a confectionery-maker in Europe and make Europe a base to expand its business.

The company was...

Naha Airport’s runway closed for hours after JASDF F15 wheel tire breaks

Naha Airport's runway closed for hours after JASDF F15 wheel tire breaks

January 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of January 30, at Naha Airport, an F-15 belonging to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) got stuck near the southern end of the runway after its nose wheel tire broke. The plane was one of four F-15 Strike Eagle jets taking off to carry out...

Remnant of the U.S. occupation? Half of imported margarine goes to Okinawa

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, the Okinawa Regional Customs announced its numbers regarding Okinawa’s imports and exports for 2016 in which Okinawa had the highest shares across the nation. In total, five tons of turmeric worth 31 million yen was exported from Okinawa. This...

Nago City Council formally objects to resumption of Osprey flight training in Okinawa

January 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On January 25, the Nago City Council voted on a written statement and protest resolution objecting to the resumption of Osprey flight training while there has yet to be sufficient investigation into the cause of the Osprey accident that occurred...

Airlines send Okinawan cherry blossoms all around Japan

Airlines send Okinawan cherry blossoms all around Japan

January 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

As the January 21 opening day of Motobu Yaedake cherry blossom festival approached, the Japan Airlines Okinawa branch and Japan Transocean Air sent thirty bundles of Ryukyuan Taiwan cherry blossoms from Yaedake to twenty-two airports across Japan on January...

Former ASDF pilot makes visual presentation concerning dangers of Osprey for EACI

Former ASDF pilot makes visual presentation concerning dangers of Osprey for EACI

January 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 22, 77-year-old Masumi Okunishi from Haebaru Town spoke about Osprey in front of a full audience at the Ryukyu Center of the East Asian Community Institute (EACI) in Naha. The former Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) pilot made and presented a picture-story...

Ryukyu Dyansty era ritual Momoso-omonomairi re-enacted at Shuri Castle

Ryukyu Dyansty era ritual Momoso-omonomairi re-enacted at Shuri Castle

January 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Ryukyu dynastic era ritual, Momoso-omonomairi, was re-enacted on January 21 at Shuri Castle Park in Shurikinjocho, Naha. Priestesses made a pilgrimage to the sacred site in the castle grounds, praying for things such as a long life for the emperor, safe sailing...

Committee to hold memorial service for Okinawa-born war dead in Hawaii

Committee to hold memorial service for Okinawa-born war dead in Hawaii

January 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 19, a memorial service will be held for Okinawans who died in a Hawaii POW camp. The committee organizing the service held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Government office and announced the plan to hold the memorial event for Okinawans...