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MOD installs new above-water fencing to keep protest boats out of Henoko construction zone

MOD installs new above-water fencing to keep protest boats out of Henoko construction zone

On January 14, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) of the Ministry of Defense began to install new floats with protuberances on the ocean in relation to the Futenma Air Station relocation plan and the plan to construct a new base in Henoko, Nago. These floats, prepared by the ODB, have protruding rods that appear to be metal. Rope is strung between these rods, which stick up above the water. It seems that these floats are being used as an above-water fence to keep out citizens’ protest boats and...

 

Okinawa Plans 40 country, 700 participant International Karate Tournament for the summer of 2018

Okinawa Plans 40 country, 700 participant International Karate Tournament for the summer of 2018

January 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 1st Okinawa International Karate Tournament will be held in August of 2018 to both solidify Okinawa’s status as the birthplace of Karate, and also to give practitioners and enthusiasts a place to interact. Related to the commemoration of the opening of the...

Protest in front of Naha District Court to demand release of Hiroji Yamashiro prior to submission of petition signed by 29,000

Protest in front of Naha District Court to demand release of Hiroji Yamashiro prior to submission of petition signed by 29,000

January 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 16, a prefectural citizens’ organization opposing the relocation of U.S. bases within Okinawa held an emergency protest action in front of the Naha District Court to demand the immediate release of Okinawa Peace Movement Center Director Hiroji Yamashiro,...

From 8 billion to 20 billion yen – the hotel resale business taking place in Okinawa

From 8 billion to 20 billion yen – the hotel resale business taking place in Okinawa

January 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

The ownership and management rights of the Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort, which had renewed itself last year as a global hotel brand, were resold to the domestic real estate development giant, Mori Trust. Ever since Okinawa tourism recovered...

Protesters decry “hate speech” on Tokyo MX television program

Protesters decry “hate speech” on Tokyo MX television program

January 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On January 2, Tokyo MX, a local Tokyo television station, aired an episode of its program “News Girls” in which it attacked protesters opposed to the construction of helipads in the northern part of Okinawa Island, calling them terrorists. On the...

Relatives in Hawaii and Okinawa united thanks to old passport and Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

Relatives in Hawaii and Okinawa united thanks to old passport and Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

January 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fourth-generation Okinawan Shirley Higa from Hawaii recently met with her relative Shigeo Asato who lives in Kishaba, Kitanakagusuku Village. Shirley’s only clue in her search for family was the passport of her first-generation great-grandfather, Masae Higa....

Model Yoko Matsushima makes traditional Okinawan tofuyo using a method passed down from Ryukyu Kingdom era

Model Yoko Matsushima makes traditional Okinawan tofuyo using a method passed down from Ryukyu Kingdom era

January 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Masatoshi Inafuku

Model Yoko Matsushima, who is originally from Shuri, Naha City, Okinawa and is now a model based in Tokyo and appears in fashion magazines, TV commercials, and cosmetics company catalogues, also produces tofuyo in Okinawa. Matsushima’s...

3 Okinawan liquor makers hold strategy meeting with foreign marketing specialists to develop the “Awamori Brand”

3 Okinawan liquor makers hold strategy meeting with foreign marketing specialists to develop the “Awamori Brand”

January 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The consulting company Blueship Okinawa (Naha, CEO Hiroumi Keimatsu) and with three Okinawan liquor makers held a press conference at the Chuko Distillery on January 7, announcing the development of a branding project with the goal of expanding “Ryukyu Awamori”...

Three public figures call for immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro at Tokyo press conference

Three public figures call for immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro at Tokyo press conference

January 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 12 in Tokyo, documentary writer Satoshi Kamata, author Keiko Ochiai, and commentator Makoto Sataka held a press conference calling for the release of Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, who was arrested more than 80 days...

Floats positioned on Oura Bay after 50 people protested against Henoko base

Floats positioned on Oura Bay after 50 people protested against Henoko base

January 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau placed floats around U.S. Camp Schwab on January 6 to advance construction of the new Henoko base, which is part of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. The operation was carried out using heavy machinery on the...

Ryukyu Shimpo survey reveals 35% of Okinawans favor increased autonomy, less than half support status quo

January 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

From October to November 2016, the Ryukyu Shimpo implemented an opinion survey in order to learn about changes in the views of Okinawans. Similar surveys were conducted in 2001, 2006, and 2011, making this the fourth survey of its kind. Compared to 2006, people...