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Naha District Court rules arrest of author Shun Medoruma during anti-base protest was illegal

Naha District Court rules arrest of author Shun Medoruma during anti-base protest was illegal

March 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

In April 2016 the Akutagawa Prize-winning author Shun Medoruma was captured by the United States military during his participation in protest activities against construction of the new base in Henoko, Nago City.

Medoruma was subjected to violations of his human rights and of the Constitution, including being detained for eight hours by the U.S. military and arrested by the Nakagusuku Coast Guard.

On the morning of March 19 in the...

 

10,000-person rally in Naha calls for honoring of the referendum result and abandonment of the Henoko base construction

10,000-person rally in Naha calls for honoring of the referendum result and abandonment of the Henoko base construction

March 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 16, the All Okinawa Coalition to Prevent Construction of a New Base in Henoko held a rally called “No soil dumping! 3/16 Okinawan people’s rally to protect the dugong and coral and demand a stop to the Henoko new base construction” at the Naha Shintoshin...

SOFA exempts U.S. pilots flying under the influence, aerobatics

March 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yukito Toyama

U.S. military pilots who fly under the influence are not subject to Japanese law. On March 8, the Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee discussed the U.S. military’s exemption from most of Japan’s aviation laws.

Japan’s aviation...

People of Japanese ancestry worldwide invited to attend International Day of Nikkei on June 20

People of Japanese ancestry worldwide invited to attend International Day of Nikkei on June 20

March 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Meio University in Nago City on March 12 Andres Higa, 43, a second generation Okinawan-Argentinian, and Andres Tadashi Isa, 28, a third generation Okinawan-Peruvian promoted the “International Day of Nikkei” 100 days in advance of the event.

The...

Vietnamese man gives tearful thanks 36 years after being rescued off the coast of Vietnam by a high school fishing training vessel, says ship “saved his life”

Vietnamese man gives tearful thanks 36 years after being rescued off the coast of Vietnam by a high school fishing training vessel, says ship “saved his life”

March 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hiroe Nakagawa

“I want to say my thanks to the people of Okinawa who saved my life.

Not a day goes by where I forget what you did for me.” Masakazu Minami (50, Vietnamese name: John Tai Tuan Vin), who runs a Vietnamese restaurant in Tokyo,...

Editorial: Aircraft noise from Kadena leads to health issues and even death

March 14, Ryukyu Shimpo

Shocking data has once again indicated just how dangerous U.S. Air Force Kedena Air Base’s aircraft noise is, along with just how inhumane the current base operations are.

It is estimated that 17,454 residents from the Kadena Air Base area suffer from severe...

Five Karate-ka headed to the Tokyo Olympics train together in Okinawa in their quest for gold

Five Karate-ka headed to the Tokyo Olympics train together in Okinawa in their quest for gold

March 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three Okinawan members of the All Japan National Team, Ryo Kiyuna (Konan High School, Okinawa International University, Ryueiryu Ryuhokai), Arata Kinjo (Mirai Engineering High School, Okinawa International University, Ryueiryu Ryuhokai), and Takuya Uemura (Konan...

Naha Airport building links international and domestic terminals to improve traveler experience

Naha Airport building links international and domestic terminals to improve traveler experience

March 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 13 the Naha Airport Building Co. Ltd. (NABCO), which manages the terminal buildings of Naha Airport, held a ceremony celebrating the completion of the new terminal building linking the international and domestic terminal buildings.

The new building...

Ryukyu Disposition Symposium: the 140 years since colonialism

Ryukyu Disposition Symposium: the 140 years since colonialism

March 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

ACSILs, The Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans, held its 21st open symposium on March 10 at the Ginowan City Community Hall, titled: “Investigating the 140 Years Since Yamato State’s Annexation of the Ryukyu Kingdom (Known...

Fujian Province presents Okinawa with lion statues to celebrate their friendship

Fujian Province presents Okinawa with lion statues to celebrate their friendship

March 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 11, an unveiling ceremony was held at the Bankoku Shinryokan facility in Kise, Nago for lion statues given to Okinawa Prefecture by China’s Fujian Province, which is a sister province of Okinawa.

The two statues are made of crocidolite from southern...

FRF construction to take at least 13 years, subsequent land subsidence may incur lasting costs

FRF construction to take at least 13 years, subsequent land subsidence may incur lasting costs

 

March 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Manato Akira and Sumire Shimaoka

 

Facts demonstrating that the issue of soft ground in Oura Bay will lengthen the construction period of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, have been coming...