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OPG to form committee of civil engineers and other experts to look into opening 32nd Army underground trenches to the public

OPG to form committee of civil engineers and other experts to look into opening 32nd Army underground trenches to the public

June 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 26, Governor Denny Tamaki revealed a plan to form a new committee of experts this fiscal year to discuss the possibility of preserving and opening to the public the underground trenches built during the war under Shuri Castle and used as the headquarters of the Japanese military’s 32nd Army. His announcement was in response to Mikiko Shiroma, mayor, and Tomohiro Kudaka, head of the city council, of Naha and others who requested that the trenches be...

 

Editorial: Washington is concerned by Henoko plans—Tokyo should stop wasting time and taxpayer money

June 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Doubts about the feasibility of relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago City, has spread to the U.S.

The Readiness Subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee has passed its portion of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense...

Taiwanese city of Su’ao cancels their sister city event with Ishigaki due to Senkaku name change

Taiwanese city of Su’ao cancels their sister city event with Ishigaki due to Senkaku name change

June 25, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Wu Li Jun

Ishigaki’s decision to change the name of the Senkaku islands from “Tonoshiro” to “Tonoshiro Senkaku” has had an effect on their relationship with their sister city. Ishigaki and the city of Su’ao in Yinlan, Taiwan were on track to...

Two months with zero international visitors

Two months with zero international visitors

June 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, the Okinawa Prefecture Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports announced that there were 44,000 visitors to the prefecture in May, a 94.7% (790,900 people) decrease compared to May 2019. This is the largest drop recorded, in both percentage and actual...

Editorial: We must pass down war experiences and build peace 75 years after Battle of Okinawa

June 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventy-five years have passed since the Battle of Okinawa, which took many precious Okinawan lives and destroyed the unique culture created by our forefathers. On this Okinawa Memorial Day, we want to inherit the experiences of the Battle of Okinawa with the testimony...

Gov. Denny Tamaki vows to work for world peace on Okinawa Memorial Day

Gov. Denny Tamaki vows to work for world peace on Okinawa Memorial Day

June 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

This year’s Okinawa Memorial Day marked the 75th anniversary since the end of the Battle of Okinawa. The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held the annual memorial day service to honor the war-dead on June 23 at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman...

Ishigaki City council votes to rename Tonoshiro to Tonoshiro Senkaku in a move expected to increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors

Ishigaki City council votes to rename Tonoshiro to Tonoshiro Senkaku in a move expected to increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors

June 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Ishigaki – The Ishigaki City Council (Hideyuki Taira, president) passed a resolution to rename an area under the city’s authority that contains the Senkaku Islands from “Tonoshiro” to Tonoshiro Senkaku” by majority vote during their final...

Okinawa survey results show 61% oppose Henoko relocation, 18% support Abe administration

Okinawa survey results show 61% oppose Henoko relocation, 18% support Abe administration

June 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 16 the Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV), and JX News Agency finished jointly conducting a prefectural opinion survey in which respondents were asked to assess the issue of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) contstruction in Henoko...

Surviving WWII student-soldiers pray for peace during memorial ceremony

Surviving WWII student-soldiers pray for peace during memorial ceremony

June 19, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 18, a WWII gakuto-tai alumni association held a memorial ceremony to honor their fallen classmates at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City. The gakuto-tai association comprises alumni from 21 schools that were mobilized by the Imperial Japanese...

Coronavirus: Itoman Hare cancelled but the gong rings through the fishing village at dawn

Coronavirus: Itoman Hare cancelled but the gong rings through the fishing village at dawn

June 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Itoman – At approximately 5 a.m. on June 18, the ringing of the gong that signals the coming of Itoman Hare Dragon Boat Race season was held at Santinmo in Itoman, Itoman City. Around ten citizens had gathered to watch over the event and pray for safety of fishers...

Governor Tamaki contrasts the decision to abandon the Aegis Ashore missile defense deployment stating, “Henoko is an even more wasteful project”

Governor Tamaki contrasts the decision to abandon the Aegis Ashore missile defense deployment stating, “Henoko is an even more wasteful project”

June 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki met with reporters at the Okinawa prefectural office the morning of June 16, where he commented on Japan’s June 15 announcement that they were abandoning their Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system deployment...