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Soldiers pour into main streets after period of mourning for US forces on Okinawa

Soldiers pour into main streets after period of mourning for US forces on Okinawa

July 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

July 2 was the first weekend after the end of a period of mourning imposed on U.S. forces in Okinawa following the suspected rape and murder of a woman by a U.S. military contract employee who is a former U.S. marine. During the period of mourning U.S. forces banned its personnel from drinking alcohol and going outside of the bases. The day the ban was lifted, many soldiers flocked into Gate 2 Street in Okinawa City in front of Kadena Air Base.

Some soldiers...

 

Discovery of oldest East Asian full-body human skeleton at Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins

Discovery of oldest East Asian full-body human skeleton at Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins

July 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Gaisho Yonekura

On June 30 the Okinawa Prefectural Buried Cultural Property Center announced to concerned persons its latest excavation discovery of a 21,000 year-old full-body human skeleton at Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins. This skeleton is the oldest...

Naha prosecutors bring additional charges against US military contractor in murder case

Naha prosecutors bring additional charges against US military contractor in murder case

July 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 30, the Naha District Public Prosecutors Office brought additional charges of murder and rape leading to death against U.S. military contractor Kenneth Franklin Shinzato (formerly Gadson), 32, of Yonabaru Town, on the grounds that he assaulted a woman with...

Dene Magna School students from England visit Okinawa

Dene Magna School students from England visit Okinawa

June 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A reception ceremony was held for seven students and two teachers from Dene Magna School in England at Chatan Nirai Center in the Kuwae district of Chatan on June 25. They visited Okinawa as part of an exchange project between Chatan and the United Kingdom. About...

Okinawa’s annual tourism revenue exceeds 600 billion yen for the first time in 2015

June 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government announced on JuneFigure-2
27 that Okinawa’s tourism revenue for 2015 was...

U.S. military rejects survey of buried cultural artifacts, cites supplementary agreement

June 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, it was discovered that the U.S. Marine Corps refused a request by the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education to conduct surveys at three sites within U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma as part of an excavation project being carried out inside the base....

Japan’s National Federation of UNESCO Associations holds convention to discuss sustainable peace in Okinawa

Japan's National Federation of UNESCO Associations holds convention to discuss sustainable peace in Okinawa

June 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s National Federation of UNESCO Associations opened its 72nd convention on June 25 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City. The convention was held for the first time in 34 years, the last being in 1982.

About 500 members from UNESCO associations...

Ourasaki Memorial Service at Henoko; prayers for war dead

Ourasaki Memorial Service at Henoko; prayers for war dead

June 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A memorial service for people who died in the Ourasaki internment camp right after the Battle of Okinawa was held in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, the US military base in Henoko, Nago City on June 23. The internment camp was located in Camp Schwab.

Approximately...

Youth from Okinawa, Hiroshima and Nagasaki share thoughts on peace

Youth from Okinawa, Hiroshima and Nagasaki share thoughts on peace

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23 at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, the “Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa Wakamun Conference 2016” was held. The participants were young people who act as peace guides in the three prefectures that had tremendous damage during World War...

US military civilian worker arrested on suspicion of drink driving, causing accident

June 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 5:24 a.m. on June 26, Okinawa prefectural police arrested a civilian worker at a United States air base on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Law (driving under the influence of alcohol). The culprit, who lives in the Goya district of Okinawa City, denied...

Editorial: In declaration, Governor Onaga calls for protection of human rights and peace

June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In a peace declaration made at the June 23 memorial to mourn those who were sacrificed in the Battle of Okinawa, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga called on the Japanese and U.S. governments to reduce the U.S. Marine presence on Okinawa as a concrete measure to protect...