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“Neglecting Uchinanchu,” Robert Kajiwara petitions the UN

“Neglecting Uchinanchu,” Robert Kajiwara petitions the UN

February 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 20, Robert Kajiwara gave a speech at a rally in the Diet building. Robert Kajiawara is a fourth-generation Okinawan American singer-songwriter who created a petition addressed to the U.S. White House in hopes of halting the new base construction in Henoko of Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture.

He criticized the lack of response both by the Japanese and American governments despite collecting 210,000 signatures.

He also made it clear that...

 

Ground reinforcement means initial sand needs for FRF increase 11-fold, cost rises to 150 billion yen

Ground reinforcement means initial sand needs for FRF increase 11-fold, cost rises to 150 billion yen

February 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has come to light that the estimated amount of sand needed for the Japanese government’s ground reinforcement work on the expanse of soft seafloor in Oura Bay, as part of Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) construction in Henoko, has increased to almost...

Miyakojima’s first ever international route to connect Shimoji-shima in Okinawa and Hong Kong, set to make three rounds trips per week, expected to carry 28,000 people per year

Miyakojima’s first ever international route to connect Shimoji-shima in Okinawa and Hong Kong, set to make three rounds trips per week, expected to carry 28,000 people per year

February 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hong Kong Express, a Hong Kong-based low cost carrier (LCC) announced February 21 that they would begin flying direct between the new Miyako Shimoji-shima international terminal in Miyakojima City, scheduled to open March 30, and Hong Kong three times per week...

Over 72 percent of respondents vote “no” to land reclamation in prefectural referendum, more than one-fourth of all registered voters in Okinawa

Over 72 percent of respondents vote “no” to land reclamation in prefectural referendum, more than one-fourth of all registered voters in Okinawa

February 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, a prefectural referendum was held asking Okinawan voters about their approval or disapproval of the land reclamation work as part of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) taking place on the shore portion of Camp Schwab.

According...

Memorial ceremony held for Koreans mobilized during war, exhumation in May

Memorial ceremony held for Koreans mobilized during war, exhumation in May

February 17, 2019 The Ryukyu Shimpo

Motobu City, Feb. 16—A memorial ceremony was held for Koreans who lost their lives during World War II, ahead of their exhumation from their burial site in Kenken, Motobu City.

In attendance and wishing for the remains to be returned to their families...

Otaguro wins for the men, Nagayama sets a new race record winning for the women at the 2019 Okinawa Marathon

Otaguro wins for the men, Nagayama sets a new race record winning for the women at the 2019 Okinawa Marathon

February 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

Chubu – The 27th Annual 2019 Okinawa Marathon (hosted by the Chubu Metropolitan Association, the Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Television Broadcasting, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations Okinawa, the TrusTec Mizuno Okinawa...

Dispute-settling committee rejects Okinawa’s request for review regarding Henoko relocation

February 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Ginowan to Henoko, Nago, Okinawa, the Committee for Settling National-Local Disputes, an independent body that is part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, ruled at its...

Okinawa poll finds 67.6 percent plan “no” vote in land reclamation referendum, greatly exceeding planned “yes” and “neither” votes

Okinawa poll finds 67.6 percent plan “no” vote in land reclamation referendum, greatly exceeding planned “yes” and “neither” votes

February 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Over February 16 and 17 the Ryukyu Shimpo, the Okinawa Times, and Kyodo News jointly conducted a telephone public opinion poll of voters throughout Okinawa Prefecture.

The poll addressed the prefectural referendum, which will ask Okinawan...

Drone ban over military base is suppression of Okinawan press

 

February 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

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In an effort to prevent terrorist drone attacks, the Japanese government plans to submit a bill during the current Diet session to revise existing drone laws. The Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association countered...

Okinawan and South Korean citizens hold peace symposium urging withdrawal of US troops

Okinawan and South Korean citizens hold peace symposium urging withdrawal of US troops

 

February 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 10 at the Yomitan Village Regional Promotion Center, Kadena Peace Action and other groups held a symposium titled “Popular Conference of Okinawa and South Korea” which addressed peace and military bases in Northest...

Rare sighting of parent and child humpback whales off Kitanakagusuku’s East coast

Rare sighting of parent and child humpback whales off Kitanakagusuku’s East coast

 

February 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the morning of February 7 off the coast at Atsuta Harbor in Kitanakagusuku Village, a parent and child pair of humpback whales were spotted jumping up from the surface of the water in a behavior known as “breaching.”

A...