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Governor Tamaki visits soil depositing site in Henoko, reaffirms position against new base

Governor Tamaki visits soil depositing site in Henoko, reaffirms position against new base

December 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 15 as part of construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago City, soil deposits into the planned land reclamation area at Cape Henoko on Camp Schwab continued. Work temporarily stopped when the soil hauled in on December 14 was all used. Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki, observing the spot where soil was being deposited, told reporters, “The OPG is firmly pursuing lawful means of opposition.” Governor Tamaki also participated...

 

Yomitan Village Assembly adopts resolution demanding information about armed Air Force deserter

Yomitan Village Assembly adopts resolution demanding information about armed Air Force deserter

December 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 11 the Yomitan Village Assembly (chaired by Atsushi Iha) unanimously passed a position statement and protest resolution relating to an incident in which a U.S. Air Force soldier in possession of a handgun deserted his base and went missing. The position...

“I cannot help but feel intense indignation;” Governor Tamaki angry at land reclamation in Henoko says, nothing has changed despite petitioning the Chief Cabinet Secretary and the Minister of Defense to call it off

“I cannot help but feel intense indignation;” Governor Tamaki angry at land reclamation in Henoko says, nothing has changed despite petitioning the Chief Cabinet Secretary and the Minister of Defense to call it off

December 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

In reaction to the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) starting land reclamation in the water off the coast of Henoko, Nago as part of new U.S. military base construction December 14, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki gave remarks to reporters at the Okinawa...

Disrupting lives, the bitter legacy of war resurfaces during the disposal of undetonated ordinance in a residential neighborhood in Naha

Disrupting lives, the bitter legacy of war resurfaces during the disposal of undetonated ordinance in a residential neighborhood in Naha

 

December 10, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In the Uebaru neighborhood in Naha, the sound of a large “BOOM” spread throughout a residential area as an undetonated artillery shell was disposed of by detonation December 9. The shell was found in between houses and apartments...

Liaison committee comprising prefectural government ruling party and business world members established to demonstrate popular will against new base

Liaison committee comprising prefectural government ruling party and business world members established to demonstrate popular will against new base

 

December 10, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

December 9 marked the establishment of the “Liaison Committee for Prefectural Referendum to Demonstrate Popular Will Against Henoko Reclamation and New Base Construction” in preparation for the prefectural referendum to be held...

Three-year project restores color to vermillion castle

Three-year project restores color to vermillion castle

 

December 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On Dec. 6, the Okinawa General Bureau announced the completion of its three-year repainting project of Shuri Castle located in Naha City. Restoration of the lacquer used on the castle’s seiden, or the main hall, began in 2016 and...

Awamori’s overseas development: Industry working together to expand exports, increase name recognition

December 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Taichi Hirayasu

 

A new plan is being put into action to increase the consumption of Ryukyu Awamori, which has seen a recent downward trend in consumption, by promoting exports.

In addition to the “Ryukyu Awamori Export Project,”...

“Isn’t Japan a law-governed country?” Henoko land reclamation sediment hauled amidst citizen protests

“Isn’t Japan a law-governed country?” Henoko land reclamation sediment hauled amidst citizen protests

 

December 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On December 6 at the construction site for the Futenma Replacement Facility in Henoko, Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau moves forward with hauling sediment from the Ryukyu Cement Co. pier in Awa, Nago City.

 

Hauling...

Editorial: U.S. scholars request base closure as new base construction goes against global trend

 

December 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Overseas Base Realignment and Closure Coalition (OBRACC), a group comprised of U.S. experts and former high-level public officials, recently released a letter to Congress calling for the closure of U.S. bases in Okinawa, Europe,...

U.S. coalition calls for closure of overseas U.S. bases in line with Okinawans’ wishes

 

December 1, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Special correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reports from Washington DC

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Two missing dugongs may substantiate OPG claim that Henoko construction harms environment

Two missing dugongs may substantiate OPG claim that Henoko construction harms environment

December 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Yuri Shimizu and Akira Manato

A dugong (specimen A) known to inhabit the waters off of Kayo near the construction site of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, has not been spotted in over two months. On November...