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Hunger-striking Takamatsu Gushiken claims to foreign media, “The U.S. has a concerned interest in the dirt excavation.”

Hunger-striking Takamatsu Gushiken claims to foreign media, “The U.S. has a concerned interest in the dirt excavation.”

March 5, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Takamatsu Gushiken, 67, who represents the Battle of Okinawa victim remains recovery volunteer group Gamafuya, is continuing a hunger strike demanding a stop to a plan to use earth from the southern region of Okinawa, where the remains of the victims of war rest, for new base construction in Henoko. On March 4, he gave an online press conference to foreign journalists stationed in Japan. Gushiken claimed that the ground also contains the remains...

 

Okinawan actress Yuina Kuroshima to star in new NHK series airing next spring

Okinawan actress Yuina Kuroshima to star in new NHK series airing next spring

March 3, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Actress Yuina Kuroshima, 23, who hails from Itoman City, Okinawa, was chosen to play the heroine in Chimu Don Don, the newest NHK morning TV drama series slated to air in spring 2022. The show commemorates the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s...

“Father of the sanshin” memorial unveiled on Tsuken Island, Uruma

“Father of the sanshin” memorial unveiled on Tsuken Island, Uruma

March 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tsuken Island, Uruma – A memorial and an explanatory sign were recently erected on Tsuken Island, the birthplace of Akainko, father of the sanshin. The memorial was prepared by the executive committee of a volunteer organization on the island that...

Buds glistening in the sunlight breathe spring into the Yambaru forest

Buds glistening in the sunlight breathe spring into the Yambaru forest

March 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Buds and new green leaves in the trees in the northern part of Okinawa Island mark the arrival of spring.

On March 3 the weather in this region was overcast. However, in the surroundings of Yofuke, Nago City, warm rays of sunlight shone down...

“Help the remains” Takamatsu Gushiken begins hunger strike in protest of of plan to use soil from southern Okinawa in Henoko land reclamation

“Help the remains” Takamatsu Gushiken begins hunger strike in protest of of plan to use soil from southern Okinawa in Henoko land reclamation

March 1, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Takamatsu Gushiken, 67, who represents Gamafuya, a volunteer organization that collects the remains of those who died in the battle of Okinawa, began a hunger strike at the Prefectural Citizens Park in Izumizaki, Naha March 1. He is protesting against...

Memorial in Naha for victims in Myanmar protests

Memorial in Naha for victims in Myanmar protests

March 1, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 28, the Association of Myanmarese in Okinawa held a memorial for those who died or were injured in protests against the military coup d’état in Myanmar. According to the association, around 300 people gathered at the Kenmin Hiroba plaza...

Dozens of bones found in planned dirt excavation site in Komesu, Itoman, says Okinawa prefecture and war-dead remains recovery group

Dozens of bones found in planned dirt excavation site in Komesu, Itoman, says Okinawa prefecture and war-dead remains recovery group

February 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa prefecture and the Battle of Okinawa war-dead remains recovery information center started collecting remains at the planned dirt excavation site in Komesu, Itoman, where bones that appear to be from those who died in the Battle of Okinawa...

Prefectural Assembly passes resolution and opinion concerning indecent assault by U.S. soldier

Prefectural Assembly passes resolution and opinion concerning indecent assault by U.S. soldier

February 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A member of the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Camp Courtney was arrested on February 11 on suspicion of indecent assault. On February 24, in a plenary session, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously passed a protest resolution and written...

Supreme court rules Naha City’s free provision of land to Koshibyo “Unconstitutional”, arguing the separation of politics and religion

Supreme court rules Naha City’s free provision of land to Koshibyo “Unconstitutional”, arguing the separation of politics and religion

February 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 24, the Supreme Court ruled on the question of whether Naha City’s free provision of land in Matsuyama Park for the Kume Shiseibyo (Koshibyo), which is dedicated to Confucius, father of Confucianism, violates the principle of the separation...

Berkeley City Council passes resolution in support of halting Henoko base construction

Berkeley City Council passes resolution in support of halting Henoko base construction

February 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 23, the city council of Berkeley, California, passed a resolution in solidarity with the people of Okinawa, opposing the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago City–the planned relocation site for U.S. Marine Corps Futenma...

Governor Tamaki visits planned mining site in Komesu, Itoman amid concerns of human remains in soil to be used for Henoko reclamation

Governor Tamaki visits planned mining site in Komesu, Itoman amid concerns of human remains in soil to be used for Henoko reclamation

February 22, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 21, Governor Denny Tamaki visited the planned mining site in Komesu, Itoman within the Okinawa Senseki (battle site) Quasi-National Park. Governor Tamaki himself told the Ryukyu Shimpo of this visit.

 

According to...