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“Mainland” intellectuals to issue statement opposing “militarization” of Miyako and Ishigaki

“Mainland” intellectuals to issue statement opposing “militarization” of Miyako and Ishigaki

December 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirty-two intellectuals, journalists and the like from outside Okinawa have decided to issue a collective statement in opposition to the deployment of Ground Self-Defense Forces in Miyako Island, Ishigaki Island and other outlying islands, and are currently gathering signatures.

The petition calling for signatures states, “The islands of Okinawa and Amami are being turned into a battlefield once more, and we ‘mainlander’ citizens must view this...

 

Editorial:Testu Nakamura Killed – Wishing to Carry on His Legacy of Nonviolence

December 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tetsu Nakamura, a physician and representative of Peshawar-kai in Afghanistan, was shot by an armed group and died. Peshawar-kai is a non-governmental organization working to aid Afghanistan’s recovery. Nakamura was a champion of nonviolence and worked endlessly...

Okinawa and Tetsu Nakamura, doctor slain in Afghanistan

Okinawa and Tetsu Nakamura, doctor slain in Afghanistan

December 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Haruko Tabuki

Japanese physician Tetsu Nakamura was recently shot and killed in Afghanistan.

The recipient of the inaugural Okinawa Peace Prize as the Peshawar-kai representative for Afghanistan, Nakamura had deep ties with Okinawa.

He...

Okinawans host Eisa dancing event in Indonesia in support of Shuri Castle

Okinawans host Eisa dancing event in Indonesia in support of Shuri Castle

December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Keiichiro Ono

In support of the reconstruction of Shuri Castle, which recently burned down, over 100 people gathered for a charity event in front of a Japanese restaurant in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta November 29.

Both Japanese people with...

More call for 32nd Army headquarters trenches under Shuri Castle to be opened to the public as castle is rebuilt

More call for 32nd Army headquarters trenches under Shuri Castle to be opened to the public as castle is rebuilt

December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

While support grows for the reconstruction of Shuri Castle after it was destroyed in a fire, more are also calling for the underground trenches used as the Japanese 32nd Army headquarters to be opened to the public. Eiki Senaha, 91, of Naha, who is the former...

A protest in its 16th year, and a teenager’s vision to “protect the future”

A protest in its 16th year, and a teenager’s vision to “protect the future”

December 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Saki Yoshida

Henoko, Nago City—Every Saturday evening, the Peace Candle lights up near Camp Schwab to protest the construction of a new U.S. military base. November marked the 16th year for the Peace Candle protest, which was started by Takekiyo Toguchi,...

Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Extra – Kiyuna selected to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Men’s Karate Kata competition December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Extra – Kiyuna selected to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Men’s Karate Kata competition December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryo Kiyuna, 29, Ryueiryu-ryuhokai, along with two others, were the first to be selected to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Kata competition for Karate, a sport that was born in Okinawa and will be at the Olympics for the first time, after satisfying...

Okinawa hosts international pork research conference, presents efforts to increase brand recognition for Agu Pork

Okinawa hosts international pork research conference, presents efforts to increase brand recognition for Agu Pork

November 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “5th Fatty Pig International Conference” (hosted by the International Pork Research Society), a research conference that presents existing international research results for pork, was held November 27 at the Okinawa Gender Equality Center Tiruru in Naha....

Naha Airport’s second runway to open next year

Naha Airport’s second runway to open next year

November 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo, November 26—The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announced this morning that the second runway under construction at Naha Airport will be operational starting March 26, 2020. A new air traffic control tower designed to accompany...

Committee of Seven symposium addresses need to share Okinawa’s voice, apathy by mainland Japanese toward Okinawa

Committee of Seven symposium addresses need to share Okinawa’s voice, apathy by mainland Japanese toward Okinawa

November 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 21, a symposium titled “Questioning this nation from Okinawa–peace, the Constitution, and democracy” (sponsored by the Committee of Seven to Appeal for World Peace, co-sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo) for investigating the...

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization is formed to demand the return of over 219 Okinawan remains taken from Okinawa

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization is formed to demand the return of over 219 Okinawan remains taken from Okinawa

November 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization (co-represented by Masako Kameya, Takeshi Tamaki, Shisei Toma, and Yasukatsu Matsushima) was launched November 23 to demand the return of remains that had been excavated from graves in Okinawa and Amami by anthropologists for...