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Incumbent Sakima wins mayoral election in city hosting US Futenma base

Incumbent Sakima wins mayoral election in city hosting US Futenma base

January 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the Ginowan mayoral election held on January 24, incumbent Atsushi Sakima, 51, who was seeking a second term and had the support of the Japanese government’s ruling parties, won against challenger Keiichiro Shimura, 63, a former prefectural government official who was backed by Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and the prefectural assembly’s ruling parties. Sakima, who earned 27,668 votes, beat his opponent by a margin of 5,857 votes.

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Chemicals detected in Kadena Air Base water

Chemicals detected in Kadena Air Base water

January 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 18, Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced that an illegal chemical substance was found in Kadena Air Base water, Dakujaku River and Hija River. Dakujaku River runs through Okinawa City and Hija River runs through towns such as Kadena. OPG relies...

Okinawa prefectural government inquiry into Dugongs in four ocean areas

January 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Department of Environmental Affairs of the prefectural government will carry out a survey on dugongs from fiscal year 2016 for two years. The animal is designated as a protected species in Japan. This will be the first investigation for dugongs by the prefectural...

Japanese government ignores Okinawa educational board’s opposition to moving Henoko’s hermit crabs

January 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Education Board has told the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs its opposition to capturing and moving Coenobita hermit crabs living at Henoko, Nago. The Defense Ministry’s Okinawa bureau sent a request to the prefectural...

Governor Onaga announces a third lawsuit over Henoko land reclamation

Governor Onaga announces a third lawsuit over Henoko land reclamation

January 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Last month, the Committee for Settling National-Local Disputes dismissed the Okinawa prefectural government’s request for a review. The Okinawa prefectural government had requested that the Committee review the appropriateness of the Minister of Land, Infrastructure,...

Former JSDF member calls sit-in at Camp Schwab a bulwark against militarism

Former JSDF member calls sit-in at Camp Schwab a bulwark against militarism

January 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning on January 18, about 80 citizens gathered in front of Camp Schwab’s gate to protest construction of the replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko, Nago. Between 7 a.m. and 9:20 a.m., riot police officers removed...

Okinawa launches further legal action against Japan for Henoko

Okinawa launches further legal action against Japan for Henoko

January 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) decided to launch an additional court case on January 14 against the national government over the issue of Futenma Air base relocation to Henoko in Nago City. The case is to file complaints about the decision made by the third...

Yamashita ruins to become park for citizens

Yamashita ruins to become park for citizens

January 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yamashita Town First Cave Ruin is known as one of the oldest ruins of the Paleolithic period. Naha City government completed a project to renovate the cave and made it a park. An inauguration ceremony was held in Yamashita Town, Naha, on January 8. Based on a...

X-ray analysis of manufacturing process of Ryukyu crafts

X-ray analysis of manufacturing process of Ryukyu crafts

January 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 12, using state-of-the-art equipment, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum has been carrying out X-ray examinations of more than 50 pieces of crafts made during the Ryukyu Kingdom era.

On January 14, the museum disclosed the examination...

Residents of districts neighboring Hirae oppose plan to deploy JSDF to Ishigaki

Residents of districts neighboring Hirae oppose plan to deploy JSDF to Ishigaki

January 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) has proposed Hirae within Ishigaki City as the planned site for deployment of Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF). On the night of January 13, about 20 resident representatives of the neighboring districts of Kainan, Takeda, and Omoto...

Nago mayor critical of Prime Minister Abe’s “hardline stance”

Nago mayor critical of Prime Minister Abe’s “hardline stance”

January 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press meeting on January 13, Nago mayor Susumu Inamine criticized recent remarks made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a national Diet session. The prime minister said that matters of national security “are not something decided by a single local election.”...