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Editorial: All bases should be put on lockdown in light of 61 confirmed U.S. military coronavirus cases

July 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on U.S. military bases in Okinawa rose to 61 from July 7 to 11. July 11 saw 45 cases, nearly three times the number (16) the previous day. The Okinawa Prefectural Government assesses that clusters are occurring at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and Camp Hansen.

The problem is that the U.S. military, which is responsible for the matter, has not revealed records of actions by and profiles of those infected...

 

Okinawa prefectural assembly unanimously passes resolution demanding report on coronavirus cases in U.S. military bases on the island, Okinawa’s governor’s office also demands stronger prevention measures

Okinawa prefectural assembly unanimously passes resolution demanding report on coronavirus cases in U.S. military bases on the island, Okinawa’s governor’s office also demands stronger prevention measures

July 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in...

Crabs come out at night under the light of the moon to lay eggs on Miyagi Island

Crabs come out at night under the light of the moon to lay eggs on Miyagi Island

July 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On Miyagi Island in Uruma City in Okinawa, the egg-laying season for crabs is approaching.

On July 6 under a full moon, a scene can be seen of countless crabs crossing the street, headed in the direction of the moonlight, and arriving at the edge of the water...

The motivation behind Kanehide Group’s Fourth of July ‘freedom’ ads

The motivation behind Kanehide Group’s Fourth of July ‘freedom’ ads

July 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

“[We are] straight as an arrow, we started out as blacksmiths, afterall.” “Today is Idependence Day. Make the world better today than it was yesterday.”—These newspaper ads were taken out in the Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa Times by the Kanehide Group (chaired...

U.S. military rents hotel in Chatan Town to isolate personnel as Coronavirus countermeasure

U.S. military rents hotel in Chatan Town to isolate personnel as Coronavirus countermeasure

July 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

It came to light on July 9 that the U.S. Marine Corps has rented a hotel in Chatan Town as a countermeasure to the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The hotel will be used as an isolation facility for personnel from overseas who are being reassigned. The Chatan Town...

Protest sit-in against Henoko new base construction celebrates its seventh Tanabata holiday

Protest sit-in against Henoko new base construction celebrates its seventh Tanabata holiday

July 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Henoko reporting team) On July 6, citizens gathered in front of the gate to the U.S. military’s Camp Schwab to protest the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago, Okinawa as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The signboard showing...

Mega-float idea was not shared with Gov. Tamaki: “Conversation has gone back in time”

Mega-float idea was not shared with Gov. Tamaki: “Conversation has gone back in time”

July 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former Defense Minister Gen Nakatani of the Liberal Democratic Party shared his “mega-float” proposal with people close to Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki as an alternative plan to reclaiming land at the new base construction site in Henoko, Nago City, citing the...

Kadena city council passes protest resolution after fire in Kadena Air Base

Kadena city council passes protest resolution after fire in Kadena Air Base

July 3, 2020 by Ryukyu Shimpo

Kadena – The Kadena city council (Naoki Tokusato, council president) held an emergency session on July 2, where they unanimously passed an official statement and protest resolution against a fire that broke out in a hazardous materials facility in Kadena Air...

Research group finds that earthquake with seismic intensity of 1 may collapse Henoko seawalls

Research group finds that earthquake with seismic intensity of 1 may collapse Henoko seawalls

July 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 2 a research group on Henoko, Okinawa (representative Masaaki Tateishi, professor emeritus at Niigata University), which is independently inspecting Futenma Replacement Facility construction in Henoko, Nago City associated with the relocation of U.S. Futenma...

LDP heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba says Henoko relocation is “not the only solution”

LDP heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba says Henoko relocation is “not the only solution”

July 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo—Former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party spoke before a group of editorial writers from Kyodo News member newspapers on July 2. Ishiba commented on the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago...

Woman who spoke about the Battle of Okinawa as the “Trembling Girl” harassed at home by unknown male visitor

June 26 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yosuke Anri

Sueko Urasaki, 82, who came forward as the “trembling girl” in an image from the Battle of Okinawa, was, according to sources contacted on June 25, visited by a man who made accusatory remarks doubting her story. Urasaki has been avoiding...