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Japanese government should abandon the Futenma relocation plan

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The issue of the relocation and return of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa has reached a critical juncture.
In the United States, the Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed to cut the 150 million dollars tagged for the planned relocation of the U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam from the annual budget for fiscal 2012.
The relocation of the Marines from Okinawa to Guam, an illogical option in the first place, is supposed...

 

Out of consideration of a backlash from Okinawa the government has not budgeted for the Futenma relocation plan for the next fiscal year

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to the relocation plan of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in the Nago district, it was revealed on December 14 that the government has decided to defer the inclusion of basic design and construction costs originally scheduled for the...

Okinawa Governor to establish a new division to study Japan-U.S. security issues

December 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 12, Governor Hirokazu Nakaima announced that next April the Okinawa Prefectural Office (OPG) will establish a division to conduct research and gather information about Japan-U.S. security issues.
This is aimed at lending substance to his policy...

JAL puts on a special cargo service to get New Year chrysanthemums from Okinawa to all parts of the country

JAL puts on a special cargo service to get New Year chrysanthemums from Okinawa to all parts of the country

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the lead up to the season’s peak at the nationwide auction for chrysanthemums for the New Year, from December 15 to 23, Taiyo no Hana, a union of flower producers and Japan Airlines dispatched a special flight at around 2:00am on December 15, to transport...

Nakahodo sets up a support project in Finland to keep people from forgetting the Great East Japan Earthquake

Nakahodo sets up a support project in Finland to keep people from forgetting the Great East Japan Earthquake

December 11, 2011 Yuki Nakasone of Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been nine months since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Efforts to help victims of the earthquake still continue today. An Okinawan woman studying in Oulu City in Finland worked with seven other Japanese students to make a charity event...

Sugarcane output lowest since Okinawa’s reversion – affected by typhoon, disease and insects

December 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 9, in the Economy and Labor Commission of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (chaired by Nobuko Tamaki), the head of the Okinawa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Toshiaki Higa, projected that because of damage caused by typhoons the...

Pirate ship appears in a tree at Chubu Agricultural High School

Pirate ship appears in a tree at Chubu Agricultural High School

December 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine 12th grade students from the team recycle tree house in the landscape architecture course at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Agricultural High School completed a tree house in their schoolyard. This is the fourth one, finished at the end of November. It took about...

Okinawa’s birth rate the highest in Japan for 37 consecutive years and divorce rate is also top, but marriage rate comes second

December 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Statistics released recently by the Okinawa Prefectural Department of Welfare and Health from its Population Survey Report – Definite Values for 2010, have clarified that the overall fertility rate, an estimated number of children each woman in Okinawa has...

Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii publishes a book of stories of Okinawan Americans who remember the attack on Pearl Harbor

Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii publishes a book of stories of Okinawan Americans who remember the attack on Pearl Harbor

December 8, 2011 Kazuki Furugen of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii (President Rodney Kohagura), which is made up mainly of Okinawan immigrants, has published a book entitled “Talk Stories 5th Edition 2011.” The book features stories of Okinawan Americans...

Kawasaki Ward plans to publish recollections of U.S. military jet crash

Kawasaki Ward plans to publish recollections of U.S. military jet crash

December 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty years have passed since December 7, 1961 when a U.S. military jet crashed in Kawasaki, Gushikawa (currently Uruma City). Despite the crash killing two people, injuring at least six others and burning down three houses, the accident was not covered by media...

Women stage a protest rally showing a red card on the issue of the former Okinawa Defense Director’s injudicious remarks

Women stage a protest rally showing a red card on the issue of the former Okinawa Defense Director's injudicious remarks

December 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A protest rally organized by the Executive Committee of Women was held on December 7 at the Kyoiku Fukushi Kaikan in Naha. Many participants expressed their revulsion towards the injudicious remarks made by former Okinawa Defense Director Satoshi Tanaka and their...