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Okinawan scholars and journalists demand stop to new US base construction in Henoko

Okinawan scholars and journalists demand stop to new US base construction in Henoko

September 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 25, 25 scholars, journalists and Okinawa-based peace advocates announced an emergency statement seeking cancellation of construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago. This base would replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan City. They sent the statement to President Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The statement also asks the governments of Japan and the United States to immediately close the Futenma base without conditions,...

 

Fund-raising campaign to save a boy suffering from cardiomyopathy

Fund-raising campaign to save a boy suffering from cardiomyopathy

September 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 23, supporters of a child who suffers from cardiomyopathy, launched a fundraising campaign at Carnival Park Mihama and Ion Store in Chatan. The first-grade student of Kuwae Junior High School Rai Matsushima could be saved by heart transplant surgery...

Okinawa reversion’s key negotiator meets Nago Mayor in Okinawa

Okinawa reversion’s key negotiator meets Nago Mayor in Okinawa

September 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17, Morton Halperin, who was the chief US negotiator during the negotiations for Okinawa’s reversion to Japan in the early 1970s, had a meeting with Nago mayor Susumu Inamine at the Ryukyu Shimpo Izumisaki Building in Naha. Halperin shared his...

Tourism revenue in Okinawa reaches a new high in fiscal 2013

Tourism revenue in Okinawa reaches a new high in fiscal 2013

September 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government announced a 12.1 percent increase in tourism revenue from the 2012 fiscal year to the 2013 fiscal year. At 447,868,000,000 yen, the 2013 figure represents a new high. This is the first time the number has increased by more...

5,500 people take part in protest rally against the construction of a new U.S.military base in Henoko

5,500 people take part in protest rally against the construction of a new U.S.military base in Henoko

September 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizen groups gathered on the beach in the Henoko district of Nago in Okinawa for a protest rally against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, on September 20. It was the second rally within...

Resort wedding survey: 65.8 % of people married in Okinawa say they chose the island because they “enjoy the resort feeling”

Resort wedding survey: 65.8 % of people married in Okinawa say they chose the island because they “enjoy the resort feeling”

September 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 18, the Okinawa General Bureau announced the results of a first-ever survey on Okinawa resort weddings. To the question, “Why did you have your wedding ceremony in Okinawa?” most respondents (65.8 percent) wanted to enjoy the resort feeling,...

Event introducing Okinawan literature held at US Library of Congress

Event introducing Okinawan literature held at US Library of Congress

September 14, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On September 9, an event introducing Okinawan literature titled “Living Spirit” was held at the US Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Katsunori Yamazato, literary scholar and president of Meio...

Symposium on endangered languages held to preserve the Ryukyuan languages

Symposium on endangered languages held to preserve the Ryukyuan languages

September 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City, the 18th Foundation of Endangered Languages Symposium was held. It was the first time for the event to be held in East Asia. Researchers presented the critical problem of the dying out of Ryukyuan...

A KC-130 aerial refuelling tanker stationed at Iwakuni base trains at Futenma Air Station

A  KC-130 aerial refuelling tanker stationed at Iwakuni base trains at Futenma Air Station

September 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 15, a KC-130 aerial refuelling tanker, which is stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture, performed “touch-and-go” landings for over an hour as part of training at Futenma Air Station.

After moving...

Genetic DNA of Okinawan people similar to people in the main islands of Japan

Genetic DNA of Okinawan people similar to people in the main islands of Japan

September 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Modern people living in the Ryukyu Islands are genetically more closely related to those in the main islands of Japan than people in Taiwan or mainland China, a research team has found. The researchers announced their findings on September 16 after analyzing...

Long-living sisters to celebrate Kajimaya for the third time next month

Long-living sisters to celebrate <em>Kajimaya</em> for the third time next month

September 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three sisters, 106-year-old Nahe Shuri from Uruma City, 98-year-old Chiyo Moriya from Naha City, and 96-year-old Toyo Agarie from Yonashiro City will next month celebrate Kajimaya, an event that takes place in Okinawa when a person reaches their 97th...