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Newcomer Taketoyo Toguchi defeats incumbent Susumu Inamine by 3,458 votes in Nago City mayoral Election

Newcomer Taketoyo Toguchi defeats incumbent Susumu Inamine by 3,458 votes in Nago City mayoral Election

February 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

The Nago City mayoral election, which has become a major battleground in the ongoing dispute over the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko, went to the polls on February 4. Newcomer Taketoyo Toguchi 56, won the election with 20,389 votes. Toguchi ran as an independent, but had the endorsement of the federal government’s ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito, as well as the Japan Innovation Party (JIP), for his...

 

Mikhail Gorbachev sends message of support to the Okinawan anti-base struggle and urges that truth be disclosed about nuclear weapons in Okinawa

Mikhail Gorbachev sends message of support to the Okinawan anti-base struggle and urges that truth be disclosed about nuclear weapons in Okinawa

January 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Spurred by concerns about the rising threat of nuclear weapons, Mikhail Gorbachev (86), former president of the Soviet Union, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and leading figure in bringing the Cold War to a close, sent a message to the people of Okinawa through the...

Tourism to Okinawa last year reached 93.9 million people, exceeding that to Hawaii

Tourism to Okinawa last year reached 93.9 million people, exceeding that to Hawaii

February 2, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Hawaii Tourism Authority announced on February 1 that the number of tourists to come to Hawaii in 2017 was 9,382,986. Tourists to Okinawa exceeded those to Hawaii for the first time, by a margin of about 13,000 people. In 2017, the number of tourists arriving...

More than 100-thousand people petition to suspend U.S. military aircrafts flights over nursery

More than 100-thousand people petition to suspend U.S. military aircrafts flights over nursery

 

February 1, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

Following the incident where parts fell from an U.S. military aircraft, 100,456 signatures were collected by January 31 by the Midorigaoka Nursery’s Parents’ Association.

The petition called for the suspension...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes resolution asking for immediate closure of MCAS Futenma

 

February 2, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 1 the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopted a protest resolution and written statement at an extraordinary session in response to issues with U.S. military helicopters.

These issues include recent successive...

Idol of the Okinawa Zoo, first Okinawa-born elephant dies

Idol of the Okinawa Zoo, first Okinawa-born elephant dies

 

January 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A female Indian elephant named Rubi raised at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in Okinawa died on January 22. She lived for two years and ten months. Her appetite and health condition had declined a few days before her passing. The Okinawa...

Celebrity personality Riria forms a bridge between Okinawa and Taiwan

Celebrity personality Riria forms a bridge between Okinawa and Taiwan

February 2, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sanemichi Kinjo

Actress and on-screen personality Riria, who works in Taiwan and is a native of Ishigaki Island in Okinawa, recently visited the Ryukyu Shimpo offices to talk about being a celebrity in Taiwan and share her thoughts on Okinawa. “I want...

Fifth grade student successfully hatches quail’s egg bought from store

Fifth grade student successfully hatches quail’s egg bought from store

January 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten-year-old Isshin Nakasone, fifth-grade student at Hagoromo Elementary School in Ginowan, successfully hatched five quails out of 19 eggs that he bought at a store last June. According to his mother Eri ,38, they did not have many expectations before they started...

Okinawans’lives continue being threatened by U.S. military aircraft 73 years after WWII

January 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the concentration of U.S. military bases on Okinawa, accidents and trouble caused by U.S. military aircraft are never-ending. Many incidents have occurred that injure and kill Okinawans, and their way of life has come to be threatened by military aircraft....

Fumiaki Matsumoto resigns from role as vice minister after jeer about recent U.S. military helicopter trouble

January 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fumiaki Matsumoto, vice minister for the Cabinet Office from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the afternoon of January 26, one day after inappropriately mocking the recent U.S. military helicopter troubles...

Editorial: U.S. Colonel’s remark comparing cars to military aircraft shows military’s unchanged arrogant sense of authority

 

January 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

Colonel Darin Clarke, who manages the Marines’ government and external affairs in the Pacific, made a comment in response to the protest resolution from the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly about consecutive U.S. military...