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U.S. military brings radioactive waste into MCAS Futenma

U.S. military brings radioactive waste into MCAS Futenma

August 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military has transported radioactive waste and stored it in the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The waste is pollutants discharged during the decontamination work of “Operation Tomodachi” carried out by U.S. Forces as relief assistance for Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant accident. An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported this to Okinawa Prefectural Government and to Ginowan City, on August 10.

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Encouragement for 100 newly-hatched baby turtles to swim towards the sea

Encouragement for 100 newly-hatched baby turtles to swim towards the sea

August 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of August 3, more than 100 loggerhead and green turtles hatched at the seaside near Ogimi Village. The baby turtles swam strongly out towards the sea, just as it became rough due to the approach of Typhoon No.9.

Many people came to observe,...

Colonialist attitudes behind the ex-US Japan desk diplomat’s derogatory remarks about Okinawans

Colonialist attitudes behind the ex-US Japan desk diplomat's derogatory remarks about Okinawans

August 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A written account by the students of American University in Washington who attended the lecture by Kevin Maher, former director of the State Department’s Office of Japan Affairs and former consul general in Okinawa Prefecture, exposed his derogatory remarks...

Seventy balloons released as protest against aircraft flights from Futenma Air Station

Seventy balloons released as protest against aircraft flights from Futenma Air Station

August 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, three days before August 13, the date marking the seventh anniversary of a U.S. military helicopter crashing into a building at Okinawa International University, the anti-base women’s group “Kamado guwaa no tsudoi” which has been calling for...

Pro baseball spring training camps provide economic benefit of more than 8.6 billion yen to Okinawa in 2011

Pro baseball spring training camps provide economic benefit of more than 8.6 billion yen to Okinawa in 2011

August 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to figures announced by Ryugin Research Institute Ltd. on August 9, professional baseball spring training camps brought 8.64 billion yen, a new record high, to Okinawa in 2011.
The fact that the Yomiuri Giants conducted their spring training camp...

Multiple-entry visas for Chinese tourists exceed 1000

Multiple-entry visas for Chinese tourists exceed 1000

August 9, 2011 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

The total number of multiple-entry visas issued since July for Chinese tourists on the condition of at least one night stay in Okinawa has exceeded 1000. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 748 multiple entry visas were issued in July,...

Second-generation Okinawan Filipina reunited with her father in Okinawa

Second-generation Okinawan Filipina reunited with her father in Okinawa

August 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Five Okinawan children left behind in the Philippines in the chaotic times at the end of World War II visited Okinawa on August 8. The three women among them have fathers from Okinawa, and on this occasion, 69 year-old Pacita Okuma, actually met her father, 97-year-old...

Children of Okinawan emigrants participate in 10000 people Eisa Dance Parade

Children of Okinawan emigrants participate in 10000 people Eisa Dance Parade

August 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Ten thousand people Eisa Dance Parade” of the Summer Festival in Naha 2011, in which members of Youth Groups and Eisa groups from various parts of the prefecture took part in a vibrant dance performance, was held at Kokusai Street in Naha City on August 7.

Despite...

U.S. veterans claim to have been exposed to toxic defoliant used in eight military facilities in Okinawa during the 1960s and 1970s.

U.S. veterans claim to have been exposed to toxic defoliant used in eight military facilities in Okinawa during the 1960s and 1970s.

August 7, 2011 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

More than 100 veterans who were stationed on the United States military bases in Okinawa during the 1960s and 1970s have claimed compensation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for damage to their health caused by exposure...

Okinawan students attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Okinawan students attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

August 7, 2011 Eriko Tamaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

Second-year students 16-year-old Rei Yohena and Haruka Ohashi of Chatan High School attended a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima on August 6 to mark the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.
Both students belong to the Chatan Town...

Quartz fragments and human remains excavated at Sakitari Cave, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City

Quartz fragments and human remains excavated at Sakitari Cave, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City

August 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The staff of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum held a press conference at the excavation site in Sakitari Cave, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City, on August 4, announcing that they have unearthed three fragments of quartz and one piece of human bone (tooth)....