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Mass protest held outside Prime Minister’s office: “Don’t bury Okinawa”

Mass protest held outside Prime Minister’s office: “Don’t bury Okinawa”

March 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On March 1, a demonstration named “#0301 Don’t Bury Okinawa: Tokyo Mass Protest” was held in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo.

The demonstration was held in the wake of a prefectural referendum in Okinawa, for which voting commenced on February 24, on the issue of land reclamation as part of the construction of a new military base in Henoko, Nago.

The referendum showed more than 70% of voters opposing the reclamation....

 

Wedding planners from India come to Okinawa looking to offer Indian-style resort wedding celebrations

Wedding planners from India come to Okinawa looking to offer Indian-style resort wedding celebrations

March 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Wedding planners from four bridal companies in India, where the demand for foreign resort weddings has been increasing, visited Okinawa to explore the possibilities of hosting events in Okinawa.

Resort weddings have become popular with the wealthy class of...

“Lobbying Journal” detailing the “beggars’ march” is published

“Lobbying Journal” detailing the “beggars’ march” is published

March 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 28, the “Lobbying Journal” which covers the activities of late Shoko Ahagon, who took part in the land dispute in Ie Island under U.S. military rule, was published.

The journal details the lobby activities by residents of Ie Village, Okinawa...

Constitutional scholar says central government obligated to pursue relocation outside Okinawa

Constitutional scholar says central government obligated to pursue relocation outside Okinawa

February 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 27 the constitutional scholar and professor emeritus at Keio University, Setsu Kobayashi, spoke with the Ryukyu Shimpo about the results of the prefectural referendum on February 24 which asked Okinawans to vote “yes,” “no,”...

Jinshiro Motoyama of referendum council advises government to heed Okinawans’ wishes

Jinshiro Motoyama of referendum council advises government to heed Okinawans’ wishes

February 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of February 24, “Henoko” Prefectural Referendum Council representative Jinshiro Motoyama held a press conference at the Education and Welfare Center in Furujima, Naha.

Regarding the referendum result, which showed a large majority of...

Okinawans protest the Japanese government’s forceful land reclamation work, ask “Is this democratic nation?” as 43,000 resolution votes opposing the construction go ignored

Okinawans protest the Japanese government’s forceful land reclamation work, ask “Is this democratic nation?” as 43,000 resolution votes opposing the construction go ignored

February 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

[Henoko Base Problem News Crew]The Japanese government continues to force through new base construction at Henoko, part of the relocation of MCAS Futenma, just one day after a resolution vote was held in Okinawa in which over 43,000 people voted...

U.S. military conducts second parachute drop training of 2019 despite opposition

U.S. military conducts second parachute drop training of 2019 despite opposition

February 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Around 5:18 p.m. on February 21 the U.S. military carried out parachute drop training at Kadena Air Base.

This is the second such training this year, following the training on January 23. Kadena Town and Chatan Town received notification...

Referendum indicates majority opposition, construction must stop immediately

February 25, 2019 The Ryukyu Shimpo

The voters’ disapproval was made clear in the results of the prefecture-wide referendum on the construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago City.

It was the first time Okinawans voiced their opinions in a democratic process over construction...

“Neglecting Uchinanchu,” Robert Kajiwara petitions the UN

“Neglecting Uchinanchu,” Robert Kajiwara petitions the UN

February 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 20, Robert Kajiwara gave a speech at a rally in the Diet building. Robert Kajiawara is a fourth-generation Okinawan American singer-songwriter who created a petition addressed to the U.S. White House in hopes of halting the new base construction in...

Ground reinforcement means initial sand needs for FRF increase 11-fold, cost rises to 150 billion yen

Ground reinforcement means initial sand needs for FRF increase 11-fold, cost rises to 150 billion yen

February 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has come to light that the estimated amount of sand needed for the Japanese government’s ground reinforcement work on the expanse of soft seafloor in Oura Bay, as part of Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) construction in Henoko, has increased to almost...

Miyakojima’s first ever international route to connect Shimoji-shima in Okinawa and Hong Kong, set to make three rounds trips per week, expected to carry 28,000 people per year

Miyakojima’s first ever international route to connect Shimoji-shima in Okinawa and Hong Kong, set to make three rounds trips per week, expected to carry 28,000 people per year

February 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hong Kong Express, a Hong Kong-based low cost carrier (LCC) announced February 21 that they would begin flying direct between the new Miyako Shimoji-shima international terminal in Miyakojima City, scheduled to open March 30, and Hong Kong three times per week...