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Hiroji Yamashiro reports back following June UN Human Rights Council statement

Hiroji Yamashiro reports back following June UN Human Rights Council statement

July 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 15, Chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro and others reported back about the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland in June, where Yamashiro delivered a statement. The All Okinawa Council for Human Rights hosted a debriefing session in Naha, with about 190 people in attendance.
The debriefing session speakers reported that the issues of the new base being built in Henoko as a replacement facility for Futenma Air Station...

 

Joseph Kamiya wants to carry the future of the Okinawa Association of America

Joseph Kamiya wants to carry the future of the Okinawa Association of America

July 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sadao Tome

Los Angeles – Joseph Yoshimasu Kamiya, 30, is the head of the Culture Committee at the Okinawa Association of America (OOA). The only son of OOA President Eddy Kamiya, Joseph Kamiya is a 4th generation Okinawan born in Los Angeles. The...

Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling advises extending scope of invasive species prevention

Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling advises extending scope of invasive species prevention

July 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, the nationwide liaison council Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling held a study meeting from the point of view of environmental conservation at the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly building in Naha City, where about 15 people were in attendance.

Advisor...

New Henoko base construction may destroy area’s coral reef

New Henoko base construction may destroy area’s coral reef

July 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, the Anti-Helicopter Base Council Diving Team Rainbow surveyed the coral reef at the bottom of the ocean near the tip of the K9 seawall. This is in response to the new base construction in Henoko, Nago City, or the relocation of the Futenma Air Station....

Akutagawa Award winner Naoki Matayoshi talks about writing that captures Okinawa’s atmosphere at the Ryukyu Forum

Akutagawa Award winner Naoki Matayoshi talks about writing that captures Okinawa’s atmosphere at the Ryukyu Forum

July 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The July meeting of the members-only lecture series “Ryukyu Forum” (Ryukyu Shimpo President Junichi Tomita, presiding) took place July 12, at the Hotel Roya Orion in Naha. Comedian and author Naoki Matayoshi lectured on the topic, “Me and Literature,” in...

ND proposes Henoko alternative in Washington, expressing skepticism about “deterrence”

ND proposes Henoko alternative in Washington, expressing skepticism about “deterrence”

July 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reports from Washington D.C.

On July 12, the New Diplomacy Initiative (ND), a think tank made up of former Japanese government officials, journalists and others, held a symposium at the East-West Center in Washington, DC. The group...

Higa wins world junior golf championship, the first Okinawan winner since Mika Miyazato in 2006

Higa wins world junior golf championship, the first Okinawan winner since Mika Miyazato in 2006

July 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Riona Higa, a 3rd grade student at Kakazu Junior High School, won her first victory at the girls 13-14 year-old division in the IMGA Academy Junior World Championships held in the United States. She played a total 207 of a 9-under-par 72 in the final day held at...

Mangos from Okinawa get priced at 150000 yen in Tokyo

Mangos from Okinawa get priced at 150000 yen in Tokyo

July 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Representatives from the prefectural government, JA Okinawa, and Tomigusuku City visited the Ota Market in Tokyo to promote Okinawan tropical fruits such as mangoes in the early morning of July 6. During the bidding, a one-kilogram box with two mangos from Okinawa...

US marines carry out MV-22 Osprey take-off and landing training for first time on new helipads in NTA

US marines carry out MV-22 Osprey take-off and landing training for first time on new helipads in NTA

July 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At about 2:40 p.m. on July 11, a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey aircraft landed and took off from N1 and H helipads, recently built in the Northern Training Area in Higashi and Kunigami villages.

It is the first time the N1 and H helipads have been used for training....

Symbol of burials in Yonashiroteruma, Uruma dismantled as cremation takes its place

Symbol of burials in Yonashiroteruma, Uruma dismantled as cremation takes its place

July 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Uruma – The demolition of a ganya, a structure used to store a gan prior to a burial, took place in Yonashiroteruma, Uruma on June 24. A gan is a portable shrine used to carry the coffin. In Okinawa, cremation has long since replaced burial as the norm, and as...

French practitioners hone their skills at karate’s birthplace in Okinawa

French practitioners hone their skills at karate’s birthplace in Okinawa

July 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pascal Ibert a Nana-dan (7th rank) practitioner of Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate has been training for 38 years in Dordogne, southern France, where he now teaches about 50 students. For three consecutive years beginning in 2015, he has traveled to Yamashita Town, Naha...