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Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks its second year

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks its second year

July 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 6, a sit-in protest in front of the gate of Camp Schwab marked two years since the start of action to block construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. The governments of the United States and Japan plan to build an airfield there to replace U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma. Citizens staging the sit-in delivered speeches and renewed their determination to continue their struggle for the third year. Akutagawa Prize winning novelist Shun Medoruma...

 

Naha recognizes same-sex partnerships

Naha recognizes same-sex partnerships

July 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha City introduced a new system on July 8 officially recognizing same-sex partnerships and will begin issuing partnership certificates to same-sex couples. The system recognizes same-sex partnerships as almost equivalent to marriage in law, aiming to make Naha a...

Editorial: Iha wins Upper House election, giving new weight to base opposition

July 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa will not be daunted by the hardline stance of the Abe administration. The election results are a sign of the indomitable resolve of the Okinawan people with a steady eye on the future.

Yoichi Iha, the non-party affiliated former mayor of Ginowan City,...

Anti-US base at Henoko candidate Iha wins massive victory defeating state minister Shimajiri in Upper House election

Anti-US base at Henoko candidate Iha wins massive victory defeating state minister Shimajiri in Upper House election

July 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former Ginowan Mayor and independent new candidate Yoichi Iha, 64, won a seat for the first time in the Okinawa prefectural constituency in the July 10 Upper House election.

He beat the incumbent state minister for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs...

Final book published to complete four picture book series about Okinawan eisa dance

Final book published to complete four picture book series about Okinawan eisa dance

July 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A series of picture books exemplifying the appeal of eisa in Okinawa City is now complete with the publishing of the fourth and final book, Dreams of Eisa. Copies of the book are being distributed to schools within Okinawa City. The other three titles in the series...

Editorial: IUCN proposed recommendation will add to international pressure to stop Henoko base

July 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The issue of alien species invasion feared to occur due to soil being brought in from other parts of Japan as part of the new Henoko base construction will be discussed at the General Assembly of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in September....

Robert Nakasone encourages sit-in protesters in Henoko with Hawaiian leis

Robert Nakasone encourages sit-in protesters in Henoko with Hawaiian leis

July 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Robert Nakasone, a resident of Hawaii who is a second-generation Okinawan visited the sit-in protest site in front of the gate of Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago on July 2. He presented Hawaiian leis to citizens protesting against the construction of a new U.S. base in...

Young generation make a promise for no-war at Zuisen monument

Young generation make a promise for no-war at Zuisen monument

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A memorial service for the war dead was held at Zuisen Monument in Komesu, Itoman on June 23. The names of students from the former prefectural Shuri Girls’ High School are inscribed on the monument. A junior high-school student read a “Message for Peace,”...

57th anniversary memorial ceremony for US military jet crash into Miyamori Elementary School

57th anniversary memorial ceremony for US military jet crash into Miyamori Elementary School

July 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty-seven years have passed since June 30, 1959, when a U.S. F-100 fighter, which was poorly maintained from Kadena Air Base, crashed into Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa City (currently Uruma City).

The Ishikawa and Miyamori 630 Association and the...

Taiwan-based company to build hotel in Kokusai Street

June 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

On June 28, Taiwan-based company Chia Hsin Cement Corporation announced a plan to build a hotel at a lot in Kokusai Street where Kokuei Theater used to be located. The company has already purchased the lot. The hotel will have 13 floors above...

Inheriting non-violent way of life from father of the Okinawan civil rights movement

Inheriting non-violent way of life from father of the Okinawan civil rights movement

June 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hiroe Nakagawa

On June 17, Kazuyuki Sasaki, who teaches Peace Studies at a university in the Republic of Rwanda, located in central Africa, and his wife Megumi visited the “Wabiai no Sato” foundation in Ie Village. They had a conversation with...