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Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes resolution asking for immediate closure of MCAS Futenma

 

February 2, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 1 the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopted a protest resolution and written statement at an extraordinary session in response to issues with U.S. military helicopters.

These issues include recent successive emergency landings by U.S. military helicopters, the incident in which a window part from a helicopter fell onto the grounds of Futenma Daini Elementary School, and helicopters flying in the sky...

 

Idol of the Okinawa Zoo, first Okinawa-born elephant dies

Idol of the Okinawa Zoo, first Okinawa-born elephant dies

 

January 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A female Indian elephant named Rubi raised at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in Okinawa died on January 22. She lived for two years and ten months. Her appetite and health condition had declined a few days before her passing. The Okinawa...

Celebrity personality Riria forms a bridge between Okinawa and Taiwan

Celebrity personality Riria forms a bridge between Okinawa and Taiwan

February 2, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sanemichi Kinjo

Actress and on-screen personality Riria, who works in Taiwan and is a native of Ishigaki Island in Okinawa, recently visited the Ryukyu Shimpo offices to talk about being a celebrity in Taiwan and share her thoughts on Okinawa. “I want...

Fifth grade student successfully hatches quail’s egg bought from store

Fifth grade student successfully hatches quail’s egg bought from store

January 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten-year-old Isshin Nakasone, fifth-grade student at Hagoromo Elementary School in Ginowan, successfully hatched five quails out of 19 eggs that he bought at a store last June. According to his mother Eri ,38, they did not have many expectations before they started...

Okinawans’lives continue being threatened by U.S. military aircraft 73 years after WWII

January 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the concentration of U.S. military bases on Okinawa, accidents and trouble caused by U.S. military aircraft are never-ending. Many incidents have occurred that injure and kill Okinawans, and their way of life has come to be threatened by military aircraft....

Fumiaki Matsumoto resigns from role as vice minister after jeer about recent U.S. military helicopter trouble

January 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fumiaki Matsumoto, vice minister for the Cabinet Office from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the afternoon of January 26, one day after inappropriately mocking the recent U.S. military helicopter troubles...

Editorial: U.S. Colonel’s remark comparing cars to military aircraft shows military’s unchanged arrogant sense of authority

 

January 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

Colonel Darin Clarke, who manages the Marines’ government and external affairs in the Pacific, made a comment in response to the protest resolution from the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly about consecutive U.S. military...

Naha District Court rules Japanese government not liable for war acts committed under the Meiji constitution

January 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 23, a judge at the Naha District Court made a ruling in a lawsuit calling for an apology by the national government and 11 million yen per plaintiff in damages instituted by 44 plaintiffs comprising Okinawan survivors of battle in the south sea islands...

Nago City Board of Education to conduct archeological survey in February on Henoko Peninsula, possible affecting base construction

Nago City Board of Education to conduct archeological survey in February on Henoko Peninsula, possible affecting base construction

January 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shohei Tsukazaki

 

 

The Nago Board of Education (BoE) and the Okinawa BoE decided January 25 to conduct a cultural asset survey starting in February on the land portion of the “Nagasaki Kaneku Scattered Artifact Zone” located...

Music of hope: Uganda children’s choir group gets together with Uruma City children

Music of hope: Uganda children’s choir group gets together with Uruma City children

January 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 16, a get-together was held between the Watoto Children’s Choir and children from Uruma City at the Akamichi Community Center.

The Watoto Children’s Choir is a choir group from Uganda, Africa that cares for orphaned children and women that...

Four young men who vandalized Chibichiri-gama set up 12 Buddha statues

Four young men who vandalized Chibichiri-gama set up 12 Buddha statues

 

January 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

Between January 23 and 25, the four young men who vandalized Chibichiri-gama vistied the site with their probation officers as part of their probation program.

They assembled Buddha statues by attaching face and...