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Hayao Miyazaki tells reporters he will do everything he can to prevent Henoko base construction

Hayao Miyazaki tells reporters he will do everything he can to prevent Henoko base construction

July 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, Hayao Miyazaki, anime film director and joint representative of the Henoko Fund, established with the aim of preventing the construction of a new military base in Nago City’s Henoko district, gave a press conference for reporters affiliated with the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) in Tokyo. Mr. Miyazaki expressed his own opposition to the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, stating; “I am opposed to the building...

 

Sanabe receives Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation Award

Sanabe receives Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation Award

July 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation held its 19th award ceremony at Mitsukoshi Theater in the Chuo district of Tokyo on July 7. Thirty-five-year old Ryukyu dance grand master Yoshikazu Sanabe from Ryukyu Buyo Seibukai received the award. The award is given to...

New Yorkers gather to protest against new base construction in Henoko

New Yorkers gather to protest against new base construction in Henoko

July 13, 2015 Yoshiharu Higa, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In a gentle rain in the morning of June 30, a protest rally against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko was held at Union Square Park in New York. In the lead up to Okinawa Memorial Day, participants carrying...

Ordinance to regulate sediment from outside Okinawa passes in assembly

Ordinance to regulate sediment from outside Okinawa passes in assembly

July 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed an ordinance to regulate the use of sediment such as soil and stone from outside the prefecture passed in a majority. The ordinance was proposed by the ruling parties. Members of the ruling parties and the New Komeito...

Panel finds flaws in former governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

Panel finds flaws in former governor's approval of Henoko landfill

July 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 16, Hiroshi Oshiro, chairman of an advisory panel to Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga charged with investigating his predecessor’s approval of a landfill in Henoko, Nago to build a new base as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma,...

Group calls for creating “Saion Street” in Naha’s Asato area

Group calls for creating “Saion Street” in Naha's Asato area

July 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of young entrepreneurs is trying to name an alley at the foot of the Saion Bridge over Naha’s Asato River “Saion Street” in a bid to turn the area into a hub for new fashion.

The group includes Dan Shinjo, producer of “Plant...

One hundred attendees at Hawaii “Irei no Hi” memorial ceremony mourn lives lost in Battle of Okinawa

One hundred attendees at Hawaii

July 6, 2015 Hanae Higa Gushiken, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23, a memorial ceremony, by the Japanese title of “Irei no Hi,” was held in the garden of the Hawaii Okinawa Center in memory of all the lives lost in the Battle of Okinawa. The memorial was for all victims, regardless...

HUOA President couple busy for sister-state events

HUOA President couple busy for sister-state events

July 10, 2015 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

From July 10 to 12 on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, the 30th-anniversary of a sister-state affiliation between the State of Hawaii and Okinawa Prefecture was celebrated. Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), which consists of about 40,000...

Okinawans and Hawaiians discuss how best to educate youth about traditional cultures

Okinawans and Hawaiians discuss how best to educate youth about traditional cultures

July 12, 2015 Shoichiro Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of July 11, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) and the Ryukyu Shimpo co-hosted a forum called “Connection Ichimadin (Forever): Future for Hawaii and Okinawa” at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. About 230 people...

Okinawa, Hawaii celebrate 30th anniversary of establishment of sister-state relations

Okinawa, Hawaii celebrate 30th anniversary of establishment of sister-state relations

July 12, 2015 Shoichiro Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Honolulu

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga attended a dinner held at the Hawaii governor’s official residence to celebrate the 30th anniversary of sister-state relations in the evening of July 10.

Hawaii Governor David...

300 participants enjoy annual kite festival in Ishigaki

300 participants enjoy annual kite festival in Ishigaki

June 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 28, the Wakanatsu National Kite Festival in Ishigaki was held at the Intercontinental ANA Ishigaki Resort Maesato Golf Course for the first time in Okinawa. Three hundred kites, from all over Japan and in all different shapes and sizes, were displayed in...