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Looking back on the history of the reversion of Okinawa by recreating the meeting on the sea

Looking back on the history of the reversion of Okinawa by recreating the meeting on the sea

January 31, 2012 Yoshiya Hokama of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The meeting on the sea took place on April 28 in the years between 1963 and 1972. The people of Okinawa, who wished to return to Japanese sovereignty, and the people of Yoron, who had already officially returned to Japan, put fishing boats out and gathered by the maritime border to call for Okinawa’s early return.

With the 40th anniversary this year of the reversion to Japan, Kunigami and Yoron are reenacting the meeting on the...

 

Kinkomokuzetsu: Column

February 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Just half a day after the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper reported the story about the Okinawa Defense Bureau official’s injudicious remark regarding the submission of the Henoko environmental impact report, national papers and news service agencies delivered the story...

Far Eastern Air Transport will begin a service between Naha and Kaohsiung ― CEO informs Governor of Okinawa

February 7, 2012 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 6, with a bilateral air transport agreement having been in place between Japan and Taiwan since November 2011, Far Eastern Air Transport plans to commence a regular charter service between Naha and Kaohsiung once or twice a week in...

Audio CD of Shinkanucha, anthem of the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival sold

Audio CD of <em>Shinkanucha</em>, anthem of the 5th Worldwide <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival sold

February 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 27, sales began in Okinawa of an audio CD of Shinkanucha (Fellowship), a song co-created by singer songwriter Kazufumi Miyazawa and the Latin rock band, DIAMANTES. Shinkanucha was the theme song of the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu...

[Editorial]
Japan-U.S. governments stick with the Henoko relocation – human rights of secondary importance?

February 9, 2012

On February 8, the Japanese and U.S. governments released a joint statement on revisions to the Realignment of U.S. Forces. The two governments agreed to put this in place ahead of the U.S. Marines’ transfer from Okinawa to Guam and separate from the current Futenma relocation...

Okinawa Prefectural Board rejects Futenma relocation plan after reviewing Henoko environmental impact report

Okinawa Prefectural Board rejects Futenma relocation plan after reviewing Henoko environmental impact report

February 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Review has completed its review of the environmental impact assessment report (EIA) on the alternative facility construction plan for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. On February 8, Kuniharu...

Booklet about Okinawan immigrants published

Booklet about Okinawan immigrants published

February 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa NGO Center, which conducted the “Let’s Study! The Worldwide Uchinanchu Project,” in which during the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival students in Okinawa learned about the history of Okinawan migrants, published CHAMPURREADO,...

Nine baseball teams start spring training camps in Okinawa

February 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 1, professional baseball spring training camps started in Okinawa and Miyazaki prefectures. Twelve baseball teams train throughout the month, aiming to improve prepare for games on March 30, the day that both the Central League and the Pacific League...

Marine Corps plans to deploy Osprey aircraft to several U.S. military facilities in Okinawa

February 1, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 31 the Marines Corps revealed that in addition to Futenma Air Station, they plan to operate MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft in the U.S. Central Training Area, which includes Camp Hansen and Camp Schwab, the Northern Training...

Naha Port Authority will start pilot program of exports to Taiwan

January 31, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Continuing on from the pilot program shipping less-than-container load cargos to Hong Kong that has been running since November, the Naha Port Authority will start such exports to Taiwan from February. There is no direct route from Naha to Taiwan, but some local...

[Editorial]
New realignment plan for moving U.S. Marine to Guam will not be tolerated – the situation must not go from bad to worse

February 5, 2012

The governments of Japan and the United States have commenced consultation on the proposed revised plan in which the U.S. Department of Defense has suggested distributing some of the approximately 8000 U.S. Marines who were originally down to move from Okinawa to Guam to locations...