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Island-Wide Council calls for more people to join protest in Henoko

Island-Wide Council calls for more people to join protest in Henoko

February 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 2, co-representatives of the Island-Wide Council announced a statement asking for the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, to be halted, and for more people to take part in protest action at the site. The council consists of intellectuals and volunteers from political, business, labor and citizen groups in Okinawa.

Seven co-representatives on the council, including Morimasa Goya, the chairman of the Kanehide Holdings, and Toshio...

 

Immigration time to be reduced for passengers of Star Cruises

Immigration time to be reduced for passengers of Star Cruises

January 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Malaysia based cruise ship SuperStar Aquarius will be under a system of “landing permission for cruise ship tourists”, which will allow landing through simplified procedures. If this is realized, foreign passengers will be able to stay two hours longer and...

A 220-kilo Bluefin tuna, the first of the year, thrills Hentona fishing port

A 220-kilo Bluefin tuna, the first of the year, thrills Hentona fishing port

January 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The first Bluefin tuna for this year was landed at Hentona fishing port on January 27. The welcomed “first catch” thrilled the people at the port.

Tsuyoshi Machida, 38-year-old fisherman, sailed out to the sea off Iheya on the 24th. In the...

District court recognizes Naha City’s claim on sea boundary from Ryukyu Kingdom era

January 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 28, chief judge Hiroshi Suzuki of Naha District Court recognized Naha City’s claim on a lawsuit filed by Naha City against Tomigusuku City to confirm the sea boundary south of Naha Airport. The court conceded Naha City’s sea boundary claim...

Nago city council protests against excessive security by police and Japan Coast Guard

Nago city council protests against excessive security by police and Japan Coast Guard

January 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nago city council passed a written opinion of protest against excessive security by Okinawa Prefectural Police and Japan Coast Guard, at its extraordinary meeting held on January 29. The council approved it by a majority (in favor 15, opposite 10, absent 1)....

Coast Guard officer takes excessive action against female citizen: Japanese government cites safety measurement

Coast Guard officer takes excessive action against female citizen: Japanese government cites safety measurement

January 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty-one-year-old female filmmaker Asako Kageyama was on a ship protesting against the plan to build an alternative base in Henoko, Nago, for Ginowan-based U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma. A coast guard officer took excessive action against her by putting...

Doubt cast on committee by Defense Bureau for environmental protection of Henoko relocation

January 29, 2015 Kyoko Ishii and Yuri Shimizu of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Environmental Oversight Committee was set up by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to carry out environmental protection measures to mitigate the impact of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. Some...

Largest coral clump in Japan discovered in Nagura Bay

Largest coral clump in Japan discovered in Nagura Bay

January 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Environment Ishigaki Nature Conservation Office and the Yaeyama Diving Association announced on January 21 that a colony of Pavona clavus coral, which was discovered in Nagura Bay on the western region of Ishigaki Island, is the largest clump of...

Ryukyuan ritual Momoso-omono-mairi reenacted in Shuri Castle Park

Ryukyuan ritual <em>Momoso-omono-mairi</em> reenacted in Shuri Castle Park

January 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, the Okinawa Memorial Park recreated the Momoso–mono-mairi, one of the traditional rituals that used to be performed at Shuri Castle six times a year during the Ryukyu Kingdom period.

The ritual involves noro or female...

7,000 citizens form human chain in Tokyo to protest against new US base in Henoko

7,000 citizens form human chain in Tokyo to protest against new US base in Henoko

January 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, in Tokyo, about 7,000 people, including scholars, members of citizen groups, and people from Okinawa, formed a human chain around the Diet building to oppose a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. The protesters successfully completed the human chain...

Hewlett-Packard Vice President meets Okinawa Governor, with eye on Okinawa for business expansion in Asia

Hewlett-Packard Vice President meets Okinawa Governor, with eye on Okinawa for business expansion in Asia

January 23, 2015

On January 22, Vice President Tom Norton of the Hewlett-Packard Company U.S. Headquarters (HP) made a courtesy call on Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. Vice President Norton expressed interest in finding ways to utilize international submarine...