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Anti-Korean sentiment behind BTS backlash in Japan

Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

 

BTS (Bangtan Boys) is a seven-member hip-hop boys’ group that debuted in South Korea in 2013. Over the past two years, these top K-pop stars propelled themselves to worldwide stardom rapidly with their superb dancing, singing and visuals and their message that youth identify with, and SNS-based marketing.

 

Two of their albums earned a top Billboard spot just this year. Being Asian myself,...

 

Overseas U.S. military installations reduced by 247 since 2008, but only by three in Japan with Marine Corps remaining concentrated in Okinawa

November 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Special correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reports from Washington DC
 
On November 26, the Ryukyu Shimpo learned that although the total number of U.S. military installations outside of the United States has decreased more than 30 percent from 761 installations...

Peru – Okinawan group in Peru fulfills long-held dream of constructing children’s park in Lima

Peru – Okinawan group in Peru fulfills long-held dream of constructing children’s park in Lima

November 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By correspondent Mitsuhiro Akamine

The Okinawa Association of Peru (AOP – Spanish: Asociación Okinawense del Perú) opened a children’s playground named “Ashibina Park” on the grounds of their community center in the suburbs of Lima on November...

University of the Ryukyus research team finds distinct hereditary groups among Okinawan islands

University of the Ryukyus research team finds distinct hereditary groups among Okinawan islands

November 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

A research team under Professor Shiro Maeda of the University of the Ryukyus Graduate School of Medicine made public that when compared genetically, people from Okinawa have a different genetic background than Japanese people from mainland Japan. Even within...

Iejima “LHD deck” airstrip completed for use by U.S. military next month

November 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Expansion work on the airstrip simulating an LHD deck, a flight deck of an amphibious assault ship, at Iejima Auxiliary Airfield was recently finished. The U.S. Marine Corps explained to Ie Village and the Okinawa Defense Bureau that Marine Corps F-35B vertical...

“Don’t Destroy Okinawa’s Future,” citizens protest in front of Camp Schwab gate

“Don’t Destroy Okinawa’s Future,” citizens protest in front of Camp Schwab gate

November 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On November 22, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) continued with carrying in the materials over land needed for the new base construction related to the relocation of the U.S. military Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City. Since resuming transportation...

Visitors coming to Okinawa from abroad for “Legal Weddings” increasing rapidly

Visitors coming to Okinawa from abroad for “Legal Weddings” increasing rapidly

November 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Ryota Nakamura

Couples that come to Okinawa from abroad to submit their wedding registration and receive their wedding certificates in civil ceremonies referred to as “legal weddings” continues to increase and is taking hold on the island. In 2017,...

International conference in Ireland calls for removal of all U.S. military bases worldwide, Okinawa included in discussion

International conference in Ireland calls for removal of all U.S. military bases worldwide, Okinawa included in discussion

November 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hanayo Oya reports for the Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 16 the International Conference Against U.S./NATO Military Bases commenced in Dublin, Ireland.

The conference is attended by around 230 people from roughly thirty countries and regions worldwide...

International patient care training for healthcare professionals

International patient care training for healthcare professionals

November 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

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JA Okinawa shows improvement in foreign sales, and popularity of goods on cruise ships

JA Okinawa shows improvement in foreign sales, and popularity of goods on cruise ships

 

November 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

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US aerial tankers fly to MCAS Futenma, Ginowan residents complain of noise intensification

US aerial tankers fly to MCAS Futenma, Ginowan residents complain of noise intensification

 

November 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Around 4:00 p.m. on November 15 in Ginowan City, a KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refuelling aircraft flew in to Futenma Air Station and spent about 30 minutes flying at low altitudes over the area around the base.

On the same day,...