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Okinawans could see water rates rise as local government burdened with massive cost of decontaminating polluted water from rivers near U.S. bases

 

September 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

 

After a high concentration of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) was discovered at the Chatan Water Treatment Plant in Okinawa Prefecture, which takes in water from rivers near U.S. military bases, the prefectural government’s Enterprise Bureau spent 170 million yen in fiscal 2016 on decontamination measures.

It has now been revealed that the Enterprise Bureau expects it might raise water rates if...

 

Kamejiro Senaga documentary by Takahiko Sako begin early September screenings in Tokyo

Kamejiro Senaga documentary by Takahiko Sako begin early September screenings in Tokyo

 

August 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 26 screenings of director Takahiko Sako’s documentary Kamejiro, the man the U.S. military was most afraid of, began in Tokyo.

The film is about Kamejiro Senaga, who persisted in his stance of opposing political...

The tradition of “Shinugu” in Ada drives away evil spirits and prays for bountiful harvests

The tradition of “Shinugu” in Ada drives away evil spirits and prays for bountiful harvests

August 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

 

Kunigami – The traditional ritual “Shinugu,” which has been performed in Ada, Kunigami for over 400 years continuously, and was selected as a nationally recognized significant intangible cultural asset, was performed...

New documentary Inochi no Umi addresses Okinawans’ thoughts on Henoko base construction

New documentary Inochi no Umi addresses Okinawans’ thoughts on Henoko base construction

August 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Director Keifuku Janamoto recently completed his documentary film Inochi no Umi Henoko Ourawan (Henoko and Oura Bay, the Sea of Life), which follows the lives and experiences of people living in the area around Oura Bay, where construction...

Okinawan American awarded Nisei Week Pioneer Spirit Award

Okinawan American awarded Nisei Week Pioneer Spirit Award

 

August 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sadao Tome

 

On August 23, Okinawan American Kitty Sankey, age 69, was awarded the Nisei Week Pioneer Spirit Award for her contributions to the Japanese American community.

The award ceremony was held in Little Tokyo’s...

ANA International Logistics Hub to end Saturday shipping and suspend flights from Qingdao and Xiamen to improve profits

ANA International Logistics Hub to end Saturday shipping and suspend flights from Qingdao and Xiamen to improve profits

 

August 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced on August 23 that it would be stopping 20 Saturday overnight flights which depart from their international logistics hub at Naha Airport as of October 29 due to insufficient cargo loads.

These...

660,000 members of Asian-American Labor Group add their voices to the calls opposing the Henoko Base construction

660,000 members of Asian-American Labor Group add their voices to the calls opposing the Henoko Base construction

 

August 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Washington Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

 

“American base expansion and the militarization of Okinawa by the Abe and Trump administrations must be stopped!”

These words, spoken by Kent Wong, head of the UCLA...

MOD reveals that Japan’s Self-Defense Forces conducted drills 13 times in the NTA

 

August 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 22 the Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced that it is moving preparations forward on a written report for submission to the Okinawa prefectural government and other local municipalities.

The report will include the use...

Yomitan to establish Japan’s first village-level public archive

 

August 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Yomitan) Yomitan Village in Okinawa Prefecture plans to open a public archive, which will be the first village-established public archive in the country.

The village aims to begin the detailed design phase for the archive in...

Mayor Inamine declares he will run in the upcoming Nago City mayoral election

Mayor Inamine declares he will run in the upcoming Nago City mayoral election

 

August 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

In preparation for the Okinawa Prefecture Nago City Mayoral Election next year on February 4, the current Nago City Mayor Susumi Inamine, 72, held a press conference on August 23 at the Nago City Labor Welfare Center...

Research Association published an open letter to Kyoto University

 

August 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 23, Professor Yasukatsu Matsushima, representing the Research Association for the Repatriation of Ryukyu Remains, published an open letter to Kyoto University regarding the holding of Ryukyuan remains.

The remains of...