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Fight for human rights in Okinawa

Fight for human rights in Okinawa

May 3, 2011 by Eriko Tamaki, Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Human Rights Association, formed for the protection of human rights for people in Okinawa under the U.S. military administration, and for education about and encouragement of awareness of civil liberties, marked the 50th anniversary of its establishment.
Despite coming under the “Peace Constitution,” which extols respect for basic human rights and the renunciation of war, since its reversion to Japanese sovereignty Okinawa...

 

New Caledonia joins 5th Uchinanchu Festival for the first time

New Caledonia joins 5th Uchinanchu Festival for the first time

May 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty people of Okinawan descent and a number of government officials from New Caledonia, a special collectivity of France, will take part in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival scheduled to be held in October 2011.
Four members of a family from New Caledonia...

Lawsuit against Kadena Base

Lawsuit against Kadena Base

Residents around Kadena Air Base submit third lawsuit seeking to stop nighttime flights
April 28, 2011

Residents living near the U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa filed a lawsuit at the Okinawa Branch of the Naha District Court on April 28, seeking a ban on flights from night to early...

〈Editorial〉Open letter to Mr. Carl Levin

Ryukyu Shimpo Editorial: Open letter dated April 27, 2011 to Mr. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Dear Friends of the U.S. Congress,
We recommend that the United States Government implement a dramatic change in policy and remove the facilities at Futenma Air...

Miyu’s heart transplant operation is successful, Hospital of Columbia University

April 25, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of April 25, Japan time, 13-year old Miyu Kaname, a Kamimori junior high school student from Urasoe City in Okinawa who was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy requiring a heart transplant to save her life, successfully underwent the transplant...

Miyakojima All Japan Strongman Triathlon won by Japanese

Miyakojima All Japan Strongman Triathlon won by Japanese

April 25, 2011 ,by Yuuna Fukuhara,staff writer of Ryukyu Shimpo

THE 27th ALL JAPAN TRIATHLON MIYAKOJIMA was held on Miyakojima Island on April 24 (co-hosted by Miyakojima City and Ryukyu Shimpo)
One thousand three hundred forty six competitors (1176 male and 170 female) took part in this...

Taketomi’s deigo trees blooming brightly after six years, adding vigor to islanders’ activities

Taketomi’s deigo trees blooming brightly after six years, adding vigor to islanders’ activities

April 17, 2011. by Masatoshi Inafuku, staff writer of Ryukyu Shimpo.

Taketomi Island – deigo tree flower viewing is at its best from early April on Taketomi, one of the Yaeyama Islands south-west of Okinawa. Deigo trees damaged by insects called Deigo-himekobachi, have been...

Hong Kong resumes tours to Japan: Okinawa welcomes tourists

Hong Kong resumes tours to Japan: Okinawa welcomes tourists

April 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 16, Hong Kong companies resumed tours to Japan after halting them after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Hong Kong tour company EGL Tours brought 63 tourists, including media people, to Okinawa from Hong Kong. All such companies in Hong Kong suspended...

A-Sign Story: Enthusiastic depiction of Okinawan Rock

A-Sign Story: Enthusiastic depiction of Okinawan Rock

April 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “A-Sign Story,” about the evolution of Okinawan rock music, was performed at Music Town Oto Ichiba in Okinawa City on the night of April 8.

The performance was delivered as an Ongakugeki, an alternative form of musical in which the singing...

Nerpai: Charm against Tsunami

Nerpai: Charm against Tsunami

April 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Nerpai,” a traditional Ryukyuan ritual in which people pray for a good harvest and set up charms against tsunami, was carried out in Miyakojima City on April 12.

The citizens of two villages, Sunagawa and Tomori, took part in the ritual. Local women...

Automobile Maintenance Factory carries out a gasoline to electric-powered vehicle conversion

Automobile Maintenance Factory carries out a gasoline to electric-powered vehicle conversion

April 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
Nagamine Automobile Maintenance Factory, headed by Akira Nagamine, succeeded in converting a gasoline-driven vehicle to one powered by electricity, which was then registered and given a number plate.
This is the first time in Okinawa that an automobile maintenance...