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Researchers in Okinawa release statement “Okinawa Defense Bureau trampled local autonomy”

Researchers in Okinawa release statement “Okinawa Defense Bureau trampled local autonomy”

 

October 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 30, five Okinawan researchers including University of the Ryukyus professors Hiroto Tokuda and Masaaki Gabe held a press conference and released a statement criticizing the Okinawa Defense Bureau for requesting that the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism suspend revocation of the land reclamation permit.

 

The statement said, “The Defense Bureau’s conduct violently trampled...

 

National government’s petition for injunction against Henoko permit withdrawal “unlawful,” say 110 administrative law experts in public statement

National government’s petition for injunction against Henoko permit withdrawal “unlawful,” say 110 administrative law experts in public statement

 

October 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Tokyo) On October 26, 110 administrative law experts from around the country published a statement criticizing the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s submission to the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of a request for...

Royal procession of 700 take Kokusai Street

Royal procession of 700 take Kokusai Street

 

October 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Ryukyu Dynasty Parade was held on Kokusai Street in Naha City on October 28, the second day of the Shuri Castle Festival. Many spectators lined the streets to enjoy the annual procession. Onlookers cheered in amazement and adoration...

The Global Community Center Connects Egypt to the Hantagawa Community Center in Naha

The Global Community Center Connects Egypt to the Hantagawa Community Center in Naha

October 30, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hiroe Nakagawa and Yoko Tabuki

 

A plan has begun to connect Egypt and the Hantagawa Community Center in Naha, with the goal of building a community center in Egypt.

In January, the “Global Community Center,” that links the Hantagawa...

Okinawan traditional Miyakojima Pantu being considered for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status

Okinawan traditional Miyakojima Pantu being considered for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status

 

October 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On October 24 Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs announced that it has nominated ten traditional practices from eight prefectures of Japan that involve wearing masks or costumes to represent deities, including “Pantu”...

Agency for Cultural Affairs announces 2018’s winners for the ACA Film Awards

 

October 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 5, the Agency for Cultural Affairs (ACA) announced the winners of 2018’s ACA Film Awards, which recognizes outstanding documentary films.

The grand prize was awarded to Cinema Okinawa’s “Mabui Gumi: The History...

“The Martial Art of Peace,” the essence of Okinawa Karate, performed by 5 top Karate figures for Karate Day celebration

“The Martial Art of Peace,” the essence of Okinawa Karate, performed by 5 top Karate figures for Karate Day celebration

 

October 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

As part of the celebration of “Karate Day” on October 25, five of the Okinawa...

Ryukyu Kingdom’s royal mausoleum “Tamaudun” to be designated as national treasure

Ryukyu Kingdom’s royal mausoleum “Tamaudun” to be designated as national treasure

 

October 19, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 19, the National Council for Cultural Affairs reported to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Masahiko Shibayama that the Tamaudun royal mausoleum of the Ryukyu Kingdom will be designated as...

Prefecture to add student death toll to war memorial

Prefecture to add student death toll to war memorial

 

October 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

The prefecture of Okinawa recently passed a decision to add a supplemental plaque next to the Cenotaph for All Student Corps (Zen Gakutotai no Hi) located in Mabuji, Itoman City.

The plaque will bear the...

Naha Mayoral Election 10/21 “Putting Naha residents’ happiness first”–Shiroma renews pledge upon re-election, contemplates Onaga’s memory

Naha Mayoral Election 10/21 “Putting Naha residents’ happiness first”--Shiroma renews pledge upon re-election, contemplates Onaga’s memory

 

October 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

“Yes, yes, yes!” When her re-election was announced on television at 8:00 p.m., Mikiko Shiroma, 67, struck a victory pose, pumping her fist in the air.

Cheers and whistles erupted at her campaign office in Matsuyama, Naha...

Editorial : The Japanese government suing to allow land filling is a reckless trampling of democracy

October 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

When Okinawa’s former governor revoked approval for land filling activities as part of the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko in Nago City, the Japanese government took countermeasures. Those came in the form of demanding that the Minister of Land, Infrastructure,...