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Okinawan municipal leaders fear US exceptions to SOFA may set dangerous precedent

Okinawan municipal leaders fear US exceptions to SOFA may set dangerous precedent

June 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 7 the Trilateral Liaison Council concerning U.S. Kadena Air Base, which consists of Kadena Town, Okinawa City, and Chatan Town, will go to Tokyo. There, the council will submit its appeal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Ministry of Defense (MOD), requesting that parachute drop training at Kadena Air Base be discontinued and that use of the former U.S. Navy aircraft parking apron be prohibited. Four representatives of the Okinawa Prefectural...

 

Kadena Town Council adopts resolution against intense noise from congested Kadena Air Base

Kadena Town Council adopts resolution against intense noise from congested Kadena Air Base

July 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On the morning of July 4, the Kadena Town Council held an extraordinary session at which they unanimously adopted a resolution and statement of protest concerning intensified noise pollution from foreign aircraft flying into Kadena Air Base. It was...

Troubled by nightmares after the war, Hacksaw Ridge’s real life protagonist returned to Okinawa in 1995

Troubled by nightmares after the war, Hacksaw Ridge’s real life protagonist returned to Okinawa in 1995

June 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Katsutoshi Matsunaga

Desmond Doss (1919-2006) was the pacifist combat medic who refused to carry a weapon and saved 75 people in the Battle of Okinawa. More recently, his likeness was depicted as the protagonist in the movie Hacksaw Ridge, which premiered...

An international meeting of women has called for peace without military and the cancellation of the new Henoko base

An international meeting of women has called for peace without military and the cancellation of the new Henoko base

June 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 26, the International Women’s Network meeting against Militarism in Okinawa 2017 has issued a statement demanding the cancellation of construction of U.S. military helipads in Takae, Higashi, the new base in Henoko, Nago and a live-fire training range in...

Addressing disparate viewpoints on war between United States and Okinawa

June 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reports from Washington D.C.

The perception of troops in the United States is markedly different from the perception in Japan. Reports by the U.S. government and by television programs concerning military interventions in...

Ryukyu Shimpo and Yahoo co-create video on the Battle of Okinawa and military

Ryukyu Shimpo and Yahoo co-create video on the Battle of Okinawa and military

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo and Yahoo news have jointly created videos on the Battle of Okinawa and military base issues and shared them with viewers across the country. The videos are published on both Yahoo and The Ryukyu Shimpo’s websites.

It is the first time...

Maeda Escarpment used as the main stage of “Hacksaw Ridge.”

Maeda Escarpment used as the main stage of “Hacksaw Ridge.”

June 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 18, non-profit organization Urasoe History Guide Friends’ Society conducted a tour of a bloody battlefield around Urasoe Gusuku. The tour included Maeda Escarpment, the set of director Mel Gibson’s movie “Hacksaw Ridge” in which the main character...

Service held for war dead of former Ourasaki Camp, where 400 bones remain unrecovered

Service held for war dead of former Ourasaki Camp, where 400 bones remain unrecovered

June 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 10:00 a.m. on July 24, in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, a memorial service was held to mourn the loss of those who died at the former Ourasaki Camp. The camp was built in U.S. military camp Schwab immediately after the Battle of Okinawa.

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Japanese and South Korean groups to perform joint survey of Motobu burial site

Japanese and South Korean groups to perform joint survey of Motobu burial site

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Teppei Ikeda

In light of a Ryukyu Shimpo report revealing that fourteen military personnel and others, including Koreans, who died in an air strike by the U.S. military on a Japanese military transport ship were buried in Kenken, Motobu, members of the...

Tourism revenue for Okinawa reaches 660 billion yen, breaking record four years in a row

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 21, Okinawa Prefecture’s Department of Culture, Tourism, and Sports announced the prefecture’s tourism revenue for fiscal year 2016. The tourism revenue was 660,294,000,000-yen, a 9.6% increase from the previous year. This means that Okinawa has broken...

Helipad construction budget swells 15 times initial estimate to 9 billion 440 million yen

Helipad construction budget swells 15 times initial estimate to 9 billion 440 million yen

June 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government’s initial budget for the construction of helipads in the Northern Training Area (NTA) encompassing four helipads on three construction sites was approximately 610 million yen. However, on June 19 it came to light that in large part due to...