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U.S. navy sailor presumably kills woman, commits suicide

U.S. navy sailor presumably kills woman, commits suicide

April 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 13 a 44-year-old Japanese woman and a 32-year-old U.S. Navy sailor assigned to a Marine Corps unit in Okinawa were found dead in a bloody apartment bedroom in Kuwae, Chatan Town.

According to the prefectural police, there are signs indicating that the naval sailor killed the woman and committed suicide.

Prefectural police are investigating circumstances surrounding the deaths.

The two are believed to have had a...

 

Washizu wins record 5th Miyakojima Triathlon, Tohara wins men’s race

Washizu wins record 5th Miyakojima Triathlon, Tohara wins men’s race

April 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

[Miyakojima Triathlon New Team] – The 35th All-Japan Triathlon Miyakojima (Hosted by Miyakojima City and the Ryukyu Shimpo News Corporation) took off from Yonoha Maehama Beach April 14, a 202.195 km race that includes a 3 km. swiming leg, a 157 km. cycling leg,...

No-war pledge: families bereaved by mass suicide hold memorial service

No-war pledge: families bereaved by mass suicide hold memorial service

April 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yomitan—the War-Bereaved Families Association (represented by Norio Yonaha) held a memorial service at the Chibichiri Gama cave in Namihira for the 85 people who were forced to commit mass suicide on April 2, 1945, shortly after American troops landed on Okinawa’s...

Descendants of the Himeyuri Peace Corps visit the battlefield where the student nurses were mobilized for the 30-year anniversary of the Himeyuri Peace Museum

Descendants of the Himeyuri Peace Corps visit the battlefield where the student nurses were mobilized for the 30-year anniversary of the Himeyuri Peace Museum

April 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chikako Maemori

The Himeyuri Peace Museum in Itoman conducted field work at the battlefield that contained many of the casualties from the “Himeyuri Student Corps,” a corps of students that were mobilized to meet the need for medics during the Battle...

Government’s broken promise not to store missiles on base unravels locals’ condition for accepting GSDF deployment

Government’s broken promise not to store missiles on base unravels locals’ condition for accepting GSDF deployment

April 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Junnichi Maeshiro

When the Ministry of Defense was still in the stage of planning to deploy a security force in Miyako, local residents demanded that missiles not be stored at the deployment site. In response, the Ministry of Defense continually told residents...

MLIT annuls OPG revocation of land reclamation permit, OPG prepares to legally counter

MLIT annuls OPG revocation of land reclamation permit, OPG prepares to legally counter

On April 5, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii accepted the Ministry of Defense (MOD) Okinawa Defense Bureau’s (ODB’s) formal objection to the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s (OPG’s) revocation of the land reclamation permit for construction...

Compendium of Ryukyu literature to be published by Meio University

Compendium of Ryukyu literature to be published by Meio University

April 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, Meio University President Katsunori Yamazato announced that the university would start an editing and publishing project for the “Compendium of Ryukyu Literature,” which is to have notes and explanations in combination with the original text.

It...

Taiwanese family returns to Okinawa to give thanks for help with expensive medical bills after giving birth prematurely on their honeymoon two years prior

Taiwanese family returns to Okinawa to give thanks for help with expensive medical bills after giving birth prematurely on their honeymoon two years prior

April 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Taiwanese couple that prematurely went into labor while on honeymoon in Okinawa, giving birth to Chen Chun-hon, 2, who weighed only 884 grams (1.94 lbs.) at birth, have returned to Okinawa to say thank you and to show their healthy child. The childbirth and subsequent...

Citizens stage sit-in and canoe protests as K8 seawall construction continues in Henoko

Citizens stage sit-in and canoe protests as K8 seawall construction continues in Henoko

April 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s construction of the K8 seawall off the shore of Camp Schwab is ongoing as of April 2.

Soil has been deposited into land reclamation sections...

Restrictions on off-duty US servicemen greatly loosened, causing Okinawans concern and fear

Restrictions on off-duty US servicemen greatly loosened, causing Okinawans concern and fear

April 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 26, the USFJ Okinawa Area Coordinator Lt. Gen. Eric Smith greatly loosened the restrictions of the Liberty Policy, which regulates the activities of U.S. troops when they are off-duty. Local residents of municipalities in the central part of Okinawa Island,...

“Even now colonialism continues.” Researcher calls for the restoration of self-determination for Okinawa 140 years after the Disposition of Ryukyu

“Even now colonialism continues.” Researcher calls for the restoration of self-determination for Okinawa 140 years after the Disposition of Ryukyu

March 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Miyagi

On March 27, it will have been 140 years since the Kingdom of Ryukyu was destroyed in 1879. Matsuda Michiyuki, the bureaucrat who abolished the Ryukyu Domain, entered Shuri castle accompanied by around 600 soldiers from the Kumamoto Garrison...