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[Editorial] Japanese coast guard officers should not use brute force against Henoko protesters

September 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Japanese coast guard officer has intimidated a man by pressing his hand against the man’s throat. Another twisted a woman’s arm.

Such acts of violence are taking place on a daily basis, on the sea surrounding Henoko in Nago .

We definitely cannot allow the Japanese government to condone the use of brute force to restrain civilians protesting against the unwanted construction of a new base to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma...

 

Japan Coast Guard responds with violence to residents opposing the construction of new US air base in Henoko

Japan Coast Guard responds with violence to residents opposing the construction of new US air base in Henoko

September 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Coast guard officers are employing violence against residents amid increasingly heated protest against work to relocate US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to an offshore site in Henoko, Nago. On September 9, at the construction site, members of the coast guard...

Political journalistTakano: “The presence of U.S. Marines on Okinawa is unnecessary”

Political journalistTakano:

September 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 12, the Ryukyu Okinawa Center of the East Asian Community Research Institute held a lecture meeting in Naha City. Journalist Hajime Takano stressed in his lecture that “stationing US Marine Corps in Okinawa is unnecessary.” Director of the...

Super Moon shining over Shuri Castle

Super Moon shining over Shuri Castle

September 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The super moon was observed on September 9 when it looks its largest all year in various regions in Okinawa. This is an astronomical phenomenon when the moon looks larger than usual because it is closer to the earth. At Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, many tourists...

Royal Poinciana blooming in Naha

Royal Poinciana blooming in Naha

September 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pedestrians are enjoying the blooming bright-red Royal Poinciana in Yosemiya, Naha. The Royal Poinciana is from Madagascar and belongs to the bean family. It blooms between June and October. This tree is called Houo Boku in Japan, named after the Chinese Phoenix...

GOJ applies to change Henoko construction: OPG to approve next month

GOJ applies to change Henoko construction: OPG to approve next month

September 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 3, the Okinawa Defense Bureau filed an application to the Hokubu Regional Public Works Office requesting approval for modifying part of the construction methods for reclaiming the sea at Henoko, Nago for the relocation of the U.S. military’s...

New Ryukyu king and queen selected at Shurijo Castle Park event

New Ryukyu king and queen selected at Shurijo Castle Park event

September 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A selection ceremony for a new “king” and “queen” took place at the event “Mid-Autumn Feast” held in the Una forecourt of Shurijo Castle in Naha on September 7. Twenty-year-old company employee Daichi Teruya was chosen...

Yaeyma Standup Paddle Boarding Association launched to promote the sport in Okinawa

Yaeyma Standup Paddle Boarding Association launched to promote the sport in Okinawa

September 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP), in which boarders paddle standing up, is becoming a popular sport in Okinawa. On September 1, the Yaemaya SUP Association was set up in Ishigaki City, with the aim to promote the sport in Okinawa. On the same day, people involved...

[Editorial]Shimakutuba lesson is essential to the development of Okinawa Culture

September 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shimakutuba Liaison Council has made a petition to the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly seeking to enact a regulation on the protection of local languages. The liaison council wants to restore and inherit rights to protect Shimakutuba or Ryukyuan languages. The...

An Iriomote wild cat released back into the wild after recovering from injuries in a car accident

An Iriomote wild cat released back into the wild after recovering from injuries in a car accident

September 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An Iriomote wild cat, classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, was injured in a traffic accident on Iriomote Island in August. The Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center of the Ministry of the Environment,...

Joseph Nye: “the fixed bases on Okinawa become increasingly vulnerable”

Joseph Nye:

September 1, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Nye suggested in his article posted to the Huffington Post on August 7 that “many Japanese still resent the lack of symmetry in the alliance obligations. Others...