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Editorial – Looking to the new year, is democracy in Japan genuine?

January 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

We have entered the final year of the Heisei era. 2019 looks to be a year in which the existence of democracy in Okinawa, and subsequently Japan as a whole, will be brought into question. This is because while an overwhelming majority of Okinawans oppose it, the Japanese government is ramming through land reclamation at Henoko as part of the MCAS Futenma relocation.

If this continues in its current state, the heavy handed methods suppressing the will...

 

Okinawa poll shows solid majority intends to attend land reclamation referendum, desires availability in all municipalities

January 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Over the course of three days starting on December 22 last year, the Ryukyu Shimpo, the Okinawa Television Broadcasting Company (OTV), and JX PRESS Corporation conducted a telephone public opinion poll of constituents in all regions within Okinawa Prefecture. The...

Citizens opposing the new base shared New Year’s resolution at Henoko

Citizens opposing the new base shared New Year’s resolution at Henoko

January 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning of January 1, citizens opposed to the construction of the new base gathered at Henoko beach and held Hachiukushi. Facing toward the sunrise, 316 citizens renewed their resolution to oppose the construction of a new base.

As they wished...

Ryukyu Kingdom Era New Year’s Celebration praying for peace takes place at Shuri Castle

Ryukyu Kingdom Era New Year’s Celebration praying for peace takes place at Shuri Castle

January 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 1, the Shurijo Castle Park New Year’s Celebration commenced in Naha City. Many people, such as families and tourists, visited and gave a round of applause to the magnificent ceremony. Fusako Sasaki, 75, visiting from Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture...

Postponement of seawall construction in Oura Bay for FY2020 on may be result of soft seabed

Postponement of seawall construction in Oura Bay for FY2020 on may be result of soft seabed

 

December 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On December 21, it came to light that construction of the seawalls on the Oura Bay side of Cape Henoko, planned for FY2018, is to be postponed to FY2020 or beyond.

Building the seawalls is part of construction of the Futenma...

Southern Cross viewing season arrives in Ishigakijima

Southern Cross viewing season arrives in Ishigakijima

December 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The season for viewing the Southern Cross, a constellation that symbolizes the southern sky, has arrived in Okinawa’s Yaeyama region.

In the early morning on December 20, the first photograph this winter of the Southern Cross was taken...

Base relocation issue taught in Portland school

Base relocation issue taught in Portland school

December 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yukiyo Zaha, Washington correspondent

Moé Yonamine, a 40-year-old Naha City native, teaches social studies at a high school in Portland, Oregon. She authors online articles and educates her students on aspects of Okinawan history and the latest U.S....

Former Army Colonel Wilkerson says Marine Corps in Okinawa is “strategically unnecessary”

Former Army Colonel Wilkerson says Marine Corps in Okinawa is “strategically unnecessary”

December 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

On December 19 former U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who worked as the chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell during George W. Bush’s administration, had an interview with the...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly demands immediate halt to soil deposits in Henoko

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly demands immediate halt to soil deposits in Henoko

December 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 20 the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (chaired by Yonekichi Shinzato) held the final meeting of its November plenary session. At this meeting, the Assembly adopted a position statement through a majority vote, carried by the prefectural ruling coalition....

Henoko citizens share their feelings one week after soil deposits began

Henoko citizens share their feelings one week after soil deposits began

December 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 21 marked one week since soil deposits began at the planned land reclamation area in Oura Bay as part of the construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago City. So, how do local Henoko citizens feel? Masao Nishikawa, 74 years old,...

White House petition to halt Henoko construction reaches 100,000 signature goal in 10 days

White House petition to halt Henoko construction reaches 100,000 signature goal in 10 days

December 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

At a little past 3:00 p.m. on December 18, the online petition to halt the new base construction in Henoko, Nago City in association with the relocation of the U.S. military Futenma Air Station surpassed its goal of 100,000 signatures and reached...