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Stunning! 1,000 Karate-ka perform a martial arts demonstration for peace against the backdrop of the blue Okinawa Sea

Stunning! 1,000 Karate-ka perform a martial arts demonstration for peace against the backdrop of the blue Okinawa Sea

August 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Onna – The Ryuei-ryu Ryuho-kai karate organization (Tsuguo Sakumoto, president) hosted the “International Peace Offering Demonstration” August 20 at the Onna Beach Park in Onna.

Approximately 1,000 Karate-ka from Okinawa, other parts of Japan, and even abroad gathered to perform the martial arts demonstration, raising their voices in a wish for perpetual peace.

The simultaneous demonstration saw members of the Ryuei-ryu Ryuho-kai and other...

 

U.S. military nighttime takeoffs/landings violate noise-prevention agreement, citizens complain

U.S. military nighttime takeoffs/landings violate noise-prevention agreement, citizens complain

August 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 19 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma in Ginowan City, Okinawa, U.S. military aircraft were repeatedly taking off and landing outside of the timeframe allowed by aircraft noise regulatory measures (the noise-prevention agreement), past 10:00 p.m....

Resolution proposal demanding U.S. government perform Oura Bay survey adopted at Veterans for Peace convention

Resolution proposal demanding U.S. government perform Oura Bay survey adopted at Veterans for Peace convention

August 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Hanayo Oya reports from Spokane

On August 17, at the annual convention of the peace organization Veterans for Peace (VFP), which is currently being held in Spokane, Washington, members voted unanimously in favor of a proposed resolution opposing the construction...

Okinawa high school students place in national tanka poetry competition

Okinawa high school students place in national tanka poetry competition

August 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The final rounds of the National High School Tanka Competition were held in Morioka city, Iwate prefecture—hometown of the poet, Takuboku Ishikawa. Tanka is a Japanese thirty-one-syllable poem, written in a single unbroken line. The Yukari Kojima Special Jury...

Governor Tamaki brings the “Caravan” to Nagoya, proclaims Henoko can be resolved through discussion

Governor Tamaki brings the “Caravan” to Nagoya, proclaims Henoko can be resolved through discussion

August 20, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Yukito Toyama

Nagoya – Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki brought his “Talk Caravan,” which is travelling Japan to share Okinawa’s position on new base construction in the Henoko neighborhood in Nago City and other national security issues, to a crowd...

After numerous instances of poaching, Okinawa to close hiking trails in Kunigami at night starting August 26, in an effort to protect the Yanbaru long-armed scarab beetle

After numerous instances of poaching, Okinawa to close hiking trails in Kunigami at night starting August 26, in an effort to protect the Yanbaru long-armed scarab beetle

August 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an effort to stop the poaching of plants and animals such as the Yanbaru long-armed scarab beetle, a Japanese protected species that lives only in Yanbaru, in the northern part of Okinawa’s main island, the Okinawa Environmental Protection Agency will close...

U.S. military disposes of 2017 helicopter fire incident soil without notifying Japanese authorities

U.S. military disposes of 2017 helicopter fire incident soil without notifying Japanese authorities

August 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

In regard to a 2017 incident in which a U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing and burst into flames in Takae, Higashi Village, the U.S. military removed and hauled a portion of soil from the incident site to Camp Kinser in Urasoe City, and on August...

Traditional event Mushaama held to pray for Hateruma Island’s prosperity

Traditional event Mushaama held to pray for Hateruma Island’s prosperity

August 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 14, which was nakanuhii for Okinawa’s old Bon, a traditional event called “mushaama” was held.

“Mushaama” consists of holding memorial services for ancestors at Taketomi Town’s Hateruma Island, along with praying for a good harvest...

MCAS Futenma 2018 air traffic survey results show that established flight path deviations are becoming the norm

MCAS Futenma 2018 air traffic survey results show that established flight path deviations are becoming the norm

August 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Chubu) The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began their 2018 inspection of a survey that tracks the flightpaths of U.S. military aircraft in the area around MCAS Futenma on August 9, run out of the ODB offices in Kadena.

After the U.S. military helicopter crash...

Protest held outside GinowanCity Hall 15 years after helicopter crash at Okinawa International University

Protest held outside GinowanCity Hall 15 years after helicopter crash at Okinawa International University

August 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Ginowan) August 13 marks 15 years since the day a U.S. military helicopter crashed over Okinawa International University, and on August 11, in advance of the date, Shimagurumi Kaigi Ginowan and the Futenma Noise Lawsuit Group held a protest outside Ginowan City...

OPG starts new lawsuit, Okinawa Governor Tamaki stands up for Okinawans’ opposition to FRF

OPG starts new lawsuit, Okinawa Governor Tamaki stands up for Okinawans’ opposition to FRF

August 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon on August 7, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki held a press conference at the Prefectural Office concerning the new lawsuit that the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) is bringing against the Japanese government over construction of the Futenma Replacement...