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Governor Tamaki announces February 24 prefectural referendum, encourages participation

Governor Tamaki announces February 24 prefectural referendum, encourages participation

November 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On November 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the Prefectural Office, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki made an official announcement about the prefectural referendum that will ask Okinawans whether they support or oppose the Futenma replacement facility being constructed in Henoko, Nago City. He said that the date of the referendum is February 24 next year.

Notification of the referendum will be posted ten days prior to that date on February...

 

Former prime minister Hatoyama encourages Governor Tamaki to block Henoko construction

Former prime minister Hatoyama encourages Governor Tamaki to block Henoko construction

 

November 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 22 for the first time since taking office, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki had an interview with former prime minister Yukio Hatoyama at the Prefectural Office.

In regard to construction of the Futenma Replacement...

Anti-Korean sentiment behind BTS backlash in Japan

Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

 

BTS (Bangtan Boys) is a seven-member hip-hop boys’ group that debuted in South Korea in 2013. Over the past two years, these top K-pop stars propelled themselves to worldwide stardom rapidly with their superb...

Overseas U.S. military installations reduced by 247 since 2008, but only by three in Japan with Marine Corps remaining concentrated in Okinawa

November 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Special correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reports from Washington DC
 
On November 26, the Ryukyu Shimpo learned that although the total number of U.S. military installations outside of the United States has decreased more than 30 percent from 761 installations...

Peru – Okinawan group in Peru fulfills long-held dream of constructing children’s park in Lima

Peru – Okinawan group in Peru fulfills long-held dream of constructing children’s park in Lima

November 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By correspondent Mitsuhiro Akamine

The Okinawa Association of Peru (AOP – Spanish: Asociación Okinawense del Perú) opened a children’s playground named “Ashibina Park” on the grounds of their community center in the suburbs of Lima on November...

University of the Ryukyus research team finds distinct hereditary groups among Okinawan islands

University of the Ryukyus research team finds distinct hereditary groups among Okinawan islands

November 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

A research team under Professor Shiro Maeda of the University of the Ryukyus Graduate School of Medicine made public that when compared genetically, people from Okinawa have a different genetic background than Japanese people from mainland Japan. Even within...

Iejima “LHD deck” airstrip completed for use by U.S. military next month

November 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Expansion work on the airstrip simulating an LHD deck, a flight deck of an amphibious assault ship, at Iejima Auxiliary Airfield was recently finished. The U.S. Marine Corps explained to Ie Village and the Okinawa Defense Bureau that Marine Corps F-35B vertical...

“Don’t Destroy Okinawa’s Future,” citizens protest in front of Camp Schwab gate

“Don’t Destroy Okinawa’s Future,” citizens protest in front of Camp Schwab gate

November 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On November 22, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) continued with carrying in the materials over land needed for the new base construction related to the relocation of the U.S. military Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City. Since resuming transportation...

Visitors coming to Okinawa from abroad for “Legal Weddings” increasing rapidly

Visitors coming to Okinawa from abroad for “Legal Weddings” increasing rapidly

November 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Ryota Nakamura

Couples that come to Okinawa from abroad to submit their wedding registration and receive their wedding certificates in civil ceremonies referred to as “legal weddings” continues to increase and is taking hold on the island. In 2017,...

International conference in Ireland calls for removal of all U.S. military bases worldwide, Okinawa included in discussion

International conference in Ireland calls for removal of all U.S. military bases worldwide, Okinawa included in discussion

November 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hanayo Oya reports for the Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 16 the International Conference Against U.S./NATO Military Bases commenced in Dublin, Ireland.

The conference is attended by around 230 people from roughly thirty countries and regions worldwide...

International patient care training for healthcare professionals

International patient care training for healthcare professionals

November 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa...