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Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister Akiba denies making his 2009 statement that proposing nuclear storage site on Okinawa or Guam would be “persuasive,” recorded in U.S. Congressional memo

Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister Akiba denies making his 2009 statement that proposing nuclear storage site on Okinawa or Guam would be “persuasive,” recorded in U.S. Congressional memo

March 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

The U.S. Congress established the Congressional Commission on U.S. Strategic Posture, chaired by former Secretary of Defense William Perry. This Commission was tasked with developing the former Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), a road map for nuclear strategy policy. When the Commission held a discussion with Japan, a minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington at the time, Takeo...

 

Editorial: Missile defense unit on Okinawa’s main island is an overreaction that invites danger

February 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The progressing militarization of the Ryukyu Islands is a dangerous plan. It should not even be worth considering.
The Japanese government is currently considering deploying a surface-to-ship missile defense unit on Honto, the main Okinawan island. They...

The western-most cillantro production site Yonaguni attracts fans

The western-most cillantro production site Yonaguni attracts fans

February 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Mikako Shimoji

“Kushiti,” cillantro that has been used and enjoyed in dishes on Yonaguni Island in Okinawa is becoming a center of campaign to promote the herb. The Yonaguni town signed an ordinance to mark second Sunday of December as “Kushiti...

Morimasa Goya resigns from All-Okinawa Coalition but will continue opposing Henoko base

Morimasa Goya resigns from All-Okinawa Coalition but will continue opposing Henoko base

March 1, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 28 it came to light that Morimasa Goya, the chairman of Kanehide Holdings, has stepped down from his post as a co-representative of the All-Okinawa Coalition. The Coalition is an organization established by those who aim to prevent construction of the...

Contest judging the awamori liquor that sleeps in households kicks off

Contest judging the awamori liquor that sleeps in households kicks off

February 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

A contest judging the awamori liquor that sleeps in Okinawan households kicked off at the Okinawa Regional Taxation Office in Naha February 27. The contest is evaluating 128 submissions collected through February 28 of awamori that has both been aging in a single...

Osprey spotted flying above Futenma Elementary School

Osprey spotted flying above Futenma Elementary School

March 1, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Around 5:30 pm on February 28 at Ginowan City Funtenma Elementary School, a transport aircraft Osprey was photographed flying. A student’s family member spotted and videotaped the Osprey. The video footage shows the bottom of the aircraft. In response...

Uza weaves hanaui to celebrate granddaughters’ coming-of-age

Uza weaves hanaui to celebrate granddaughters' coming-of-age

February 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shimizu Yuri

Eighty-three-year-old Sumi Uza of the Yuntanza-hanaui Industry Cooperative has woven four Yuntanza-hanaui long-sleeved kimono for her four granddaughters to celebrate their coming-of-age, starting with the eldest 15 years ago. In January,...

New York demonstrators protest Henoko base, call to acquit Yamashiro

New York demonstrators protest Henoko base, call to acquit Yamashiro

February 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

By Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

 

On February 24 Okinawa Peace Appeal, a group comprised of Okinawan people who live in the United States, held a demonstration in New York supporting Chairman Hiroji...

Prefectural Assembly repeats request for closure of Futenma stating, “Okinawa is not a colony”

Prefectural Assembly repeats request for closure of Futenma stating, “Okinawa is not a colony”

 

February 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 21, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopted a written statement and protest resolution requesting the immediate closure of Futenma Air Station.

These were adopted in response to a Futenma Air Station...

“Would you build it in Lake Towada, Matsushima, or Lake Biwa?” Governor Takeshi Onaga says base relocation “For political purposes,” urges Diet committee to reconsider

“Would you build it in Lake Towada, Matsushima, or Lake Biwa?” Governor Takeshi Onaga says base relocation “For political purposes,” urges Diet committee to reconsider

 

February 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held a conference to exchange ideas with Japan’s...

Uezu from Urasoe wins chance to compete in International Public Speaking Competition in London

Uezu from Urasoe wins chance to compete in International Public Speaking Competition in London

 

February 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On February 3, a preliminary round of the “International Public Speaking Competition 2018” sponsored by the English-Speaking Union was held in Tokyo. Marino Uezu from Urasoe City (a freshman at Ochanomizu...