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Onaga asks US Senate chairperson to listen to Okinawan residents

May 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who is currently visiting the U.S. held a meeting with Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations Thad Cochran on May 17. Onaga requested that the U.S. government listen directly to Okinawan residents in order to resolve the issue of relocating the US Futenma airbase.

Cochran asked Onaga whether there were any envoys who could listen to the governor or Okinawan residents and discuss possible solutions. Onaga told...

 

Protest rallies against US military over death of Okinawan woman continue

May 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 25, in front of U.S. Kadena Air Base in Chatan, an “All Okinawa Kaigi” rally was held to oppose the construction of a new base in Henoko following the suspected murder of an Okinawan woman. Participants mourned the victim, whose body was allegedly abandoned...

Onaga asks, “Do you not think that under the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, Japan’s independence is a myth?”

Onaga asks, “Do you not think that under the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, Japan’s independence is a myth?”

May 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of May 23, Governor Takeshi Onaga of Okinawa went to Tokyo to visit Kantei (the official residence of the Prime Minister) in order to make an appeal related to, and to protest, the recent discovery of Okinawan woman’s corpse that had been abandoned...

In wake of murder, Governor Onaga requests meeting with President Obama

In wake of murder, Governor Onaga requests meeting with President Obama

May 24, 2016Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the recent arrest of a U.S. military employee on suspicion of disposing of a woman’s body, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 23 at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Tokyo. Onaga protested the incident,...

International Academic Conference in China considers shared historical recognition of the Ryukyu Kingdom

International Academic Conference in China considers shared historical recognition of the Ryukyu Kingdom

May 16, 2016 Tsuyoshi Arakaki in Beijing

On May 15 at Beijing University in China, the Second Ryukyu Okinawa Frontier Issue International Academic Conference was held for historians from Okinawa and China. The conference examined the history and current issues of Ryukyu/Okinawa. On the first...

March for peace on 5.15 spurs on movement in Henoko

March for peace on 5.15 spurs on movement in Henoko

May 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

To mark the forty-fourth year since Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, the 39th Peace March took three courses, “east,” “west,” and “south”, starting at 9:30 a.m. on May 13. The “east” and ”west” courses took three days to go around the US military...

Juneyao Airlines to launch flights between Naha and Nanjing for first time

May 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Juneyao Airlines will launch flights between Naha and Nanjing on July 1. This is the first time the airline will have operated flights between Naha Airport and Nanjing Lukou International Airport. The company will operate two round trips every Monday and Friday. Juneyao...

Okinawa Gov. Onaga meets with Walter Mondale, calling for cancellation of Henoko relocation

Okinawa Gov. Onaga meets with Walter Mondale, calling for cancellation of Henoko relocation

May 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Sakae Toiyama in Washington D.C.

On May 18, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with former Vice President Walter Mondale, who served as Ambassador to Japan, while on an official trip to the United States. Then Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and then U.S....

2,000 rally in silent protest in front of US base, mourning the death of a woman

2,000 rally in silent protest in front of US base, mourning the death of a woman

May 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22, in front of U.S. Marine Camp Zukeran, where the U.S. Forces Japan Okinawa Area Field Office is located, in Kitanakagusuku, an emergency protest rally was held to mourn the death of a woman who was allegedly killed by a former U.S. marine.

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Editorial: Base closure only way to prevent future crimes

May 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yet another precious Okinawan life has been stolen away. Comments by a man associated with the U.S. military implies that he was involved. At the root of the problem is the role of the Japanese and U.S. governments, who force an overwhelming proportion of U.S. military...

Police arrest US base employee suspected of dumping missing woman’s body in Okinawa

May 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19 the Okinawa prefectural police arrested 32-year-old Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a current military employee on Kadena Air Base and former U.S. Marine living in Yonabaru, on suspicion of dumping the body of a 20-year-old female office worker from Uruma City...