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Disrupting lives, the bitter legacy of war resurfaces during the disposal of undetonated ordinance in a residential neighborhood in Naha

Disrupting lives, the bitter legacy of war resurfaces during the disposal of undetonated ordinance in a residential neighborhood in Naha

 

December 10, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In the Uebaru neighborhood in Naha, the sound of a large “BOOM” spread throughout a residential area as an undetonated artillery shell was disposed of by detonation December 9. The shell was found in between houses and apartments in a densely populated area. Around 2,500 people from 1,000 residences and 70 business were evacuated. The neighborhood’s residents voiced their uneasiness regarding the unexploded ordinance that...

 

Liaison committee comprising prefectural government ruling party and business world members established to demonstrate popular will against new base

Liaison committee comprising prefectural government ruling party and business world members established to demonstrate popular will against new base

 

December 10, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

December 9 marked the establishment of the “Liaison Committee for Prefectural Referendum to Demonstrate Popular Will Against Henoko Reclamation and New Base Construction” in preparation for the prefectural referendum to be held...

Three-year project restores color to vermillion castle

Three-year project restores color to vermillion castle

 

December 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On Dec. 6, the Okinawa General Bureau announced the completion of its three-year repainting project of Shuri Castle located in Naha City. Restoration of the lacquer used on the castle’s seiden, or the main hall, began in 2016 and...

Awamori’s overseas development: Industry working together to expand exports, increase name recognition

December 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Taichi Hirayasu

 

A new plan is being put into action to increase the consumption of Ryukyu Awamori, which has seen a recent downward trend in consumption, by promoting exports.

In addition to the “Ryukyu Awamori Export Project,”...

“Isn’t Japan a law-governed country?” Henoko land reclamation sediment hauled amidst citizen protests

“Isn’t Japan a law-governed country?” Henoko land reclamation sediment hauled amidst citizen protests

 

December 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On December 6 at the construction site for the Futenma Replacement Facility in Henoko, Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau moves forward with hauling sediment from the Ryukyu Cement Co. pier in Awa, Nago City.

 

Hauling...

Editorial: U.S. scholars request base closure as new base construction goes against global trend

 

December 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Overseas Base Realignment and Closure Coalition (OBRACC), a group comprised of U.S. experts and former high-level public officials, recently released a letter to Congress calling for the closure of U.S. bases in Okinawa, Europe,...

U.S. coalition calls for closure of overseas U.S. bases in line with Okinawans’ wishes

 

December 1, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Special correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reports from Washington DC

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Two missing dugongs may substantiate OPG claim that Henoko construction harms environment

Two missing dugongs may substantiate OPG claim that Henoko construction harms environment

December 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Yuri Shimizu and Akira Manato

A dugong (specimen A) known to inhabit the waters off of Kayo near the construction site of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, has not been spotted in over two months. On November...

A Ginowan parents group from Midorigaoka call for the Okinawa base referendum to proceed, “Do not rob us of the right to vote”

A Ginowan parents group from Midorigaoka call for the Okinawa base referendum to proceed, “Do not rob us of the right to vote”

December 1, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Parents from Midorigoaka Preschool (Nodake, Ginowan), where last year an incident wherein a piece from a U.S. military helicopter fell and landed on the school occurred, have formed a group dubbed “Team Midorigaoka 1207” and released a statement...

Talks between Governor Tamaki and Prime Minister Abe end without reaching an agreement

Talks between Governor Tamaki and Prime Minister Abe end without reaching an agreement

November 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

In the afternoon of November 28, Governor Denny Tamaki met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister’s official residence to discuss the new base construction in Henoko, Nago City in association with the relocation of...

“Everyone helps each other” Natsuko Izena talks about barrier-free living regardless of disabilities

“Everyone helps each other” Natsuko Izena talks about barrier-free living regardless of disabilities

 

November 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 17 at Urasoe City Tedako Hall a forum was held for a project promoting a barrier-free, livable society regardless of disability.

Columnist Natsuko Izena gave a lecture themed, “What does it mean to help each other?”

Izena...