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Naha becomes second city to declare support for LGBTs

June 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Naha will become the second administrative region in Japan to declare support for sexual minorities, also known as LGBT, following Yodogawa District in Osaka. Naha city will make a “City LGBT Support Declaration” on July 19. With the declaration, Naha city aims to publicly promote itself as a prefectural capital that actively supports diversity and awareness about LGBT issues.

The declaration will be made at the Pink Dot Okinawa event at...

 

Okinawa Governor Onaga’s speech planned at UN

June 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shima Gurumi Association plans to arrange for Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga to deliver a speech at the United Nations (UN) as part of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism(IMADR). The speech would be aimed at preventing...

Stone found near Henoko is likely to be from Ryukyu Kingdom era

June 16, 2015 Yoko Tabuki of Ryukyu Shimpo

An anchor-like stone found inside Camp Schwab near the site of a planned relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is likely to be from the Ryukyu Kingdom era, according to an expert.

The city of Nago has been preparing for archaeological...

Okinawa Association of Tokyo resolves to request cancellation of Henoko relocation

Okinawa Association of Tokyo resolves to request cancellation of Henoko relocation

June 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 18, the Okinawa Association of Tokyo passed a resolution requesting cancellation of the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. The association consists of approximately 360 members. President of the association Takeo Nakamatsu...

Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe visits Henoko to support protesters

Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe visits Henoko to support protesters

June 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of June 20, Nobel-prize winning author Kenzaburo Oe, visited the Henoko district of Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States are advancing the construction of a new U.S. base in order to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma...

Availability of Halal food is key factor for attracting Muslim travelers: survey

Availability of Halal food is key factor for attracting Muslim travelers: survey

June 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

All overseas Muslims who participated in a survey by the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) said that the availability of Halal food is an important factor to consider when traveling. The survey highlights the significance of dietary restrictions on...

Two historical papers reveal divide and conquer strategies by Meiji Government after Ryukyu Kingdom annexation

Two historical papers reveal divide and conquer strategies by Meiji Government after Ryukyu Kingdom annexation

June 11, 2015 Tsuyoshi Arakaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 10, two Meiji Government documents regarding “the Ryukyu Disposal,” an annexation of the Ryukyu Kingdom by Japan in 1879, were found. One of the documents revealed three strategies used to deal with strong resistance by the...

Japanese government ordered to pay 754 million yen compensation for Futenma noise pollution

Japanese government ordered to pay 754 million yen compensation for Futenma noise pollution

June 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 11, in a lawsuit filed against the Japanese government by 2,178 citizens living near Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the Naha District Court Okinawa Branch (Chief Justice: Tetsuya Fujikura) ordered the government to pay a total of approximately 754 million...

Okinawa City to market itself as cosmopolitan

Okinawa City to market itself as cosmopolitan

June 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6, an Okinawa City Multiple Culture Community Promotion Association was inaugurated in the Nakasone district of Okinawa city. Takahiro Kina, who served as head of the Okinawa City International Exchange Association, founded the new organization to promote...

Respect the will of the people; cancel the Henoko relocation

Respect the will of the people; cancel the Henoko relocation

Governor Onaga and Ambassador Kennedy to meet

On June 19, in Tokyo, Governor Takeshi Onaga will meet with U.S. Ambassador Kennedy for the first time.

The Governor will convey to the ambassador the will of the majority...

Onaga-Kennedy Meeting: We Call for Unconditional Closure of Futenma–Don’t Treat Okinawa as a Colony

Yoshikazu Shiohira, Editor-in-Chief of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Takeshi Onaga and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will hold their first meeting on June 19.

We hope the two leaders to engage in frank debate in order to achieve unconditional closure of U.S. Marine Air Station...