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Editorial: Thorough investigation into Cultural Properties at Camp Schwab under Protection Law

November 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education designated 17 pieces of earthenware and stone implements found on the shoreline within Camp Schwab as Cultural Properties. These items are somewhere between 800 and 2000 years old.

The pieces were discovered at the planned site in Henoko, Nago, for land reclamation toward construction of a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) Futenma. This was the first time that assessments took place...

 

500 people gather in front of Camp Schwab to support Okinawa Governor in court battle with Japan

500 people gather in front of Camp Schwab to support Okinawa Governor in court battle with Japan

December 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government has sued to override Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of a landfill permit to build a new U.S. base in Henoko. A court opening session of oral proceedings was held on December 2 at the Naha branch of Fukuoka High Court....

Young descendants of emigrants from Okinawa hold ‘first summit meeting’

Young descendants of emigrants from Okinawa hold 'first summit meeting'

November 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of young descendents of Okinawan emigrants gathered for the 1st World Uchinanchu Students Summit held by the World Youth Uchinanchu Association Hokubu Branch on November 22 at Meio University, Nago. About 100 participants, including 30 young people who...

Ishigaki commemorates 20th anniversary of sister-city relationship with Su’ao, Taiwan

Ishigaki commemorates 20th anniversary of sister-city relationship with Su'ao, Taiwan

November 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki City and Su’ao Township in Yilan, Taiwan celebrated 20 years of sister-city relationship this year. On November 6, at Ishigaki Shinei Park, there was an unveiling ceremony for an inscribed monument with the kanji, or Chinese character, “yui”,...

[Digital edition extra] Governor Onaga questions the state of local autonomy and democracy in Japan

December 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo digital edition

In the struggle over...

Japan formally asks Ishigaki Island to host JGSDF units

November 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Vice-Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya talked to Ishigaki mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama on November 26, and formally asked for the go-ahead to deploy units of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to Ishigaki island. In the meeting, Wakamiya said the Japanese...

4,500 protesters gather in Tokyo to block construction of new US base at Henoko

4,500 protesters gather in Tokyo to block construction of new US base at Henoko

November 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of November 29, about 4,500 people gathered in the Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, demanding that the government of Japan cancel construction of a new U.S. base at Henoko, Nago. The rally was held by civic groups and...

Japanese government responds positively to appeal for Okinawa war damages to be included in nationwide report

Japanese government responds positively to appeal for Okinawa war damages to be included in nationwide report

November 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

When the Japanese government’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications compiled their “Report of Nationwide [WWII] War Damages” from 1997 to 2009, the report left out any mention of damage suffered by Okinawa Prefecture. On the morning of November...

Greenpeace requests halt to Henoko relocation project at the Ministry of Defense

Greenpeace requests halt to Henoko relocation project at the Ministry of Defense

November 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Ministry of Defense on November 25, the international NGO Greenpeace Japan requested environmental protection in Henoko and Oura Bay, and a halt to construction of a relocation facility for U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma. The NGO submitted 28,759...

Kijoka elementary school children find swan goose

Kijoka elementary school children find swan goose

November 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A swan goose unexpectedly flew in and landed in Kijoka, Ogimi on November 13. The large swan-like goose is rarely seen in Japan.

Children at Kijoka Elementary School regularly conduct bird-watching activities, which the school has been doing for 27 years,...

Ryukyu dynasty-style added to list of Okinawa resort weddings

Ryukyu dynasty-style added to list of Okinawa resort weddings

November 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Companies from different industries have developed a Ryukyu dynasty-style wedding in a throne room as a new product for the Okinawa Resort Wedding Association. The firms showed the new product at the Bankoku Shinryokan resort, Nago on November 25.

Okinawan...