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Local municipalities worry about increased noise from temporary F-22 deployment to Kadena Air Base

Local municipalities worry about increased noise from temporary F-22 deployment to Kadena Air Base

May 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighters were first deployed to Okinawa in 2007, and have again been temporarily deployed to Kadena Air Base. Following deployment, the number of noise occurrences in neighboring municipalities doubled, and complaints from residents increased as well. The U.S. Air Force’s newest stealth fighters, F-35As, had been provisionally deployed for about six months to Kadena Air Base, and just returned to the United States in early May. Consecutive...

 

Ten thousand people encircle Japan’s National Diet to protest land reclamation work in Henoko

Ten thousand people encircle Japan’s National Diet to protest land reclamation work in Henoko

May 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

A large-scale citizens’ rally encircling the National Diet called “Don’t Destroy the Beautiful Ocean, Don’t Fill it with Sand” met on May 26, calling for abandonment of Futenma replacement facility construction in Henoko, Nago City. The rally...

Three U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys land at Kadena Air Base in first trip to Okinawa, two planes must make emergency landing at Amami Airport

Three U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys land at Kadena Air Base in first trip to Okinawa, two planes must make emergency landing at Amami Airport

June 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Three U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft stationed at Yokota Air Base landed one after the other at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa in the afternoon June 4. This is the first time that the CV-22 has come to Okinawa.

The first CV-22 landed...

After outcry from LDP members citing a conflict with the effort to reduce the burden of military bases on Okinawa, policy paper edited to change “U.S. military” to simply “the U.S.” in English education policy statement

May 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo –In a policy paper submitted by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to the necessary ministries in hopes of the policy suggestions being reflected in the “Big-Boned Policy,” a set of policy guidelines to determine economic and fiscal management, it was...

Endangered Tern spotted in Henoko

Endangered Tern spotted in Henoko

May 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

An endangered Tern was flying on the ocean in the shining sun. The summer migratory bird called Ajisashi in Japan visits Okinawa during the season to lay eggs. On May 29, multiple Ajisashi were spotted at Oura Bay in Nago city, where the construction of new military...

Sugarcane fields take a hit from a dry rainy season, some villages consider rationing water

Sugarcane fields take a hit from a dry rainy season, some villages consider rationing water

May 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Junko Uechi

Despite beginning its rainy season on May 8, the Okinawa region continues to see very little rain. There was only one day in which it rained heavily on the south-central part of the main island of Okinawa, and that was on May 21. Due to the effects...

Representatives from soil source sites for land reclamation assert solidarity with Okinawa opposing Henoko construction

Representatives from soil source sites for land reclamation assert solidarity with Okinawa opposing Henoko construction

 

May 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The nationwide liaison council Opposition to Soil Hauling, which is comprised of 18 organizations from 12 prefectures containing sites from which soil is being harvested for land reclamation use in Henoko, held a prefectural rally on May...

Johan Galtung advocates that “Okinawa should become the central hub of the East Asian community” at peace symposium

Johan Galtung advocates that “Okinawa should become the central hub of the East Asian community” at peace symposium

May 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – Aoyama...

Namie Amuro wins Okinawa Prefectural People’s Honor Award

Namie Amuro wins Okinawa Prefectural People’s Honor Award

 

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 23, Governor Takeshi Onaga gave the Okinawa Prefectural People’s Honor Award to 40-year-old Namie Amuro, a singer from Okinawa who plans to retire in September.

At the award ceremony at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, Governor...

What are fusa rings and jifas that Okinawa bestowed to Amuro-chan?

What are fusa rings and jifas that Okinawa bestowed to Amuro-chan?

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo (originally published on January 4, 2014)

By Kenichi Yoshida

 

 

On May 23, the Okinawa Prefecture bestowed the Prefectural Honor Award to singer Namie Amuro.

Besides a certificate of commendation, Okinawan handcrafted jewelry...

Large sculpture symbolic of buraku liberation sent from Osaka to its creator in Yomitan

Large sculpture symbolic of buraku liberation sent from Osaka to its creator in Yomitan

 

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 22, the sculpture Kaiho he no Ogari, which had been installed on the wall of the Sumiyoshi North Citizens’ Cultural Exchange Center in Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, was sent back to its sculptor, Minoru Kinjo.

Kinjo had...