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Japan Nuclear Fuel considered Yaeyama as a repository for radioactive waste

Japan Nuclear Fuel considered Yaeyama as a repository for radioactive waste

September 25, 2011 Tsuyoshi Arakaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

In 1980, Sachio Inoue, then a senior advisor of “Nuclear Fuel Services” (now Nuclear Fuel, Rokkasho-mura, Aomori Prefecture), visited Okinawa to look into the building of a facility “on the island of Yaeyama” for the final disposal of radioactive waste. He met with a chief councilor of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) and talked about “a base for plutonium waste.” The chief councilor speculated that the company was...

 

Book on the crimes of U.S. Occupation Forces against Okinawan people is published by a former OPG official

Book on the crimes of U.S. Occupation Forces against Okinawan people is published by a former OPG official

September 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A book entitled “The Record of Crimes Against the Okinawan People by U.S. Military Occupation Forces – Volume 2” was published recently by 72 year-old Morio Tengan, a resident of Uruma City and former director of the Koza Labor Management Office of...

Ferry bringing commodities arrives at Kita and Minami Daito islands after 18 days

Ferry bringing commodities arrives at Kita and Minami Daito islands after 18 days

September 23, 2011 Yoko Ikeda and Junko Uechi, correspondents of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of September 22, the ferry Daito arrived at Kita and Minami Daito for the first time in 18 days, after several sailings had been cancelled because Typhoon No. 15 had lingered in the Okinawa area since...

Doubts raised regarding the accuracy of a quotation from U.S. president Obama’s remarks about the Futenma relocation issue

September 24, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In his first meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S. President Barack Obama is reported as having told Noda, “A period in which results must be seen in the relocation plan is approaching.”...

Big harvest festival held in Tomigusuku

Big harvest festival held in Tomigusuku

September 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A big harvest festival, in which Maitreya or future Buddha is received in Year of the Hare or the Year of the Rooster is held once every six years, this time in Umai, Bin, Tomigusuku City on September 24. Machibo, a type of bojutsu (staff-wielding)...

Kathe Kollwitz’s art exhibition held in Beijing

Kathe Kollwitz’s art exhibition held in Beijing

September 18, 2011 Shoichiro Yonamine, reporter of Ryukyu Shimpo, in Beijing

An exhibition of art works by Kathe Kollwitz in the possession of the Sakima Art Museum is being held at the Lu Xun Museum in Beijing from September 17 to October 9 to celebrate the 130th anniversary of birth of Lu...

Japanese and U.S. cabinet ministers confirm the relocation of the facilities at Futenma to Henoko

September 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
On September 16, Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa had his first talks over the phone with his counterpart Leon Panetta, the United States Secretary of Defense. Ichikawa announced it at his press conference that during their talks they were united with...

Resort Weddings decrease to 3541 couples in Okinawa, down 10.5%

Resort Weddings decrease to 3541 couples in Okinawa, down 10.5%

September 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to figures released by the Cultural Tourism and Sports Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) on September 15, the number of couples who held wedding ceremonies in resort hotels and other facilities in Okinawa decreased by 10.5% (415...

Ex-U.S. Japan desk diplomat reported that Yonaguni Island could become a hub for mine countermeasure operations

September 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to U.S. official telegrams disclosed by WikiLeaks, following the visit of two mine-countermeasure vessels of the U.S. Navy in Japan to Sonai Port, a civilian port on Yonaguni Island on...

Number of Okinawa’s centenarians up to 920

September 14, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 13, the Okinawa Prefecture Department of Welfare and Health announced the number of people now aged 100 years or more and the list of the oldest people in the prefecture.

As of September 15, there were 920 centenarians, down two from the...

Newspaper ad opposing relocation of Futenma Air Station within Okinawa put on New York Times website

Newspaper ad opposing relocation of Futenma Air Station within Okinawa put on New York Times website

September 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

From September 21 to 22, volunteers from citizen groups opposing the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko put a newspaper advertisement in the international news section of New York Times electronic edition, the most popular American online newspaper...