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US and Japan allow Okinawa to carry out environmental survey after 5 months of requests

August 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, the governments of Japan and the United States held a joint committee and decided to allow the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) to carry out a survey in the temporary restricted area in the shallow waters off Camp Schwab. The OPG had been requesting both governments allow it to carry out a survey to find out if initial construction work towards building a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan violates the...

 

Futami residents demand government stop new US base construction and respect letter from UN Environment Programme

Futami residents demand government stop new US base construction and respect letter from UN Environment Programme

July 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 30, residents of Teima, Nago and the Association of Residents of the Districts North of Futami demanded the Ministries of Environment, Foreign Affairs and Defense stop construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. They sent a letter highlighting that the...

Nago Mayor says people’s protest led to suspension of construction of new US base

Nago Mayor says people’s protest led to suspension of construction of new US base

August 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Government has announced it will halt construction work of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, which is part of the replacement of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, and begin an intensive consultation with the Okinawa Prefectural Government. The...

[Extra] Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga announces one-month suspension of Henoko relocation work

August 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference on August 4, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced the government will suspend all work relating to the planned relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko for one month, from August 10 to September 9. During this period,...

Churashima Foundation confirms a new type of wrasse fish, never before collected for study in Japan

Churashima Foundation confirms a new type of wrasse fish, never before collected for study in Japan

July 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An Okinawa Churashima Foundation research group, including Kei Miyamoto, confirmed that a species of fish found near Sesoko Island in Motobu Town is a new type of wrasse. Other reports of this type of wrasse have been made in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan....

OTS Supports Interpreter Guide from Abroad

July 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The OTS Partners Network, which consists of about 200 businesses including tourism facilities and restaurants in Okinawa under contracts with the Okinawa Tourist Service (OTS), will invite 20 people studying Japanese language to Okinawa late August. The OTS, which...

US documentary filmmaker Regis Tremblay conveys harm caused by military bases

US documentary filmmaker Regis Tremblay conveys harm caused by military bases

July 29, 2015 Rykyu Shimpo

On July 27, Regis Tremblay, 70, a documentary filmmaker from Maine, United States, visited Henoko, Nago for the first time. There, he went out on a boat with citizens protesting against the construction of a new base and observed the construction work being carried...

10,000 Eisa Dance Parade rouses audience members’ hearts

10,000 Eisa Dance Parade rouses audience members’ hearts

August 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 21st Ten thousand Eisa Dance Parade was held on August 2 on Kokusai Street in Naha.

At ten locations along the street, from in front of Palette Kumoji to Saion Square, about four thousands members from 29 organizations, including local youth associations...

1,500 protesters march in Naha to demand scrapping of security bills

1,500 protesters march in Naha to demand scrapping of security bills

August 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A rally against new security bills that would change Japan’s pacifist constitution was held in the evening of July 31 at the public square in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office in Naha. About 1,500 people, including citizens, Diet lawmakers, lawyers...

Leader of movement for Okinawa’s reversion to Japan passes away

Leader of movement for Okinawa's reversion to Japan passes away

July 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 7:25 p.m. on July 25, Satoru Nakasone, who led the movement for Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, passed away at his home in Okinawa City at the age of 88 due to visceral malfunction.

Nakasone was from former Misato village (now Okinawa City). A memorial...

NGO members and researchers from various countries visit Okinawa to learn about base issues

NGO members and researchers from various countries visit Okinawa to learn about base issues

July 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of ten NGO members, researchers, and foreigners working on issues of peace and demilitarization are visiting Okinawa on a study tour to learn about the U.S. military base issues here. They arrived on July 27. The tour participants come from the United States,...