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Veterans for Peace members call for collaboration with Hawaiians of Okinawa descent to stop base construction

Veterans for Peace members call for collaboration with Hawaiians of Okinawa descent to stop base construction

December 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of December 15, a symposium featuring members of the U.S. peace organization Veterans for Peace (VFP) was held at the Okinawa Co-educational Participation Center “Tiruru” in Naha. At the symposium, former U.S. military service members and Okinawans shared stories about their participation in anti-war and peace movements. The VFP members, after visiting and learning about the U.S. bases in Okinawa, including the planned relocation site for...

 

Bringing happiness? Stork observed in Nakijin

Bringing happiness? Stork observed in Nakijin

December 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A stork was observed in Nakijin village on December 14. The bird is known as a special national treasure. According to a 53-year-old manager of the Yagaji national game reserve, Yutaka Toguchi, it is not common to see the species on Okinawa Island although the...

Ryukyu Shimpo wins Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award

Ryukyu Shimpo wins Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award

December 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 11, a presentation ceremony of the 15th Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award was held in Tokyo. The Ryukyu Shimpo’s running story on the right of self-determination for Okinawa won the award in the Public Service division. Ryukyu Shimpo...

Ryukyu Koto Koyo Kai LA Branch celebrates 50th anniversary

Ryukyu Koto Koyo Kai LA Branch celebrates 50th anniversary

December 14, 2015 Sadao Tome, Ryukyu Shimpo Correspondent

On November 28 at the Armstrong Theater in Torrance City, the USA, the Ryukyu Koto Koyo Kai Los Angeles Branch held its 50th anniversary ceremony performance. Approximately 400 people attended and enjoyed the performance with its theme...

Movie The Omoiyari questions rational of sympathy budget for US Forces in Japan

Movie The Omoiyari questions rational of sympathy budget for US Forces in Japan

December 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A movie titled The Omoiyari challenges the question of the periodic payment by Japan to the US military for bearing the cost of stationing US Forces there, popularly referred to as the omoiyari yosan, or “sympathy budget” in English. This film was recently...

Photographers discuss significance of Koza riot

Photographers discuss significance of Koza riot

December 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 12, a photographers’ gallery talk on the Koza riot was held at Gallery Lafayette in the Chuo district of Okinawa City. With about 50 participants, Ko Yoshioka, Kazuo Kuniyoshi, and Toyomitsu Higa, who exhibited photographs they had taken, discussed...

Churashima Foundation discovers eye protective function for rays

Churashima Foundation discovers eye protective function for rays

December 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of researchers from the Okinawa Churashima Foundation in Motobu Town achieved the world’s first discovery of a ray species’ protective function for its eyes. The research group announced the result by December 8. The species studied buries its body...

Kiyuna wins fourth straight victory at Japan Cup Karatedo

Kiyuna wins fourth straight victory at Japan Cup Karatedo

December 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The final competition of the Japan Cup Karatedo was held on December 13 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. In the Men’s Individual Kata Division, Ryo Kiyuna (Ryuei-ryu and Kobudo-ryuhokai) won the championship title for the fourth consecutive time. Arata Kinjo...

Acclaimed Ghibli director Takahata encourages citizens protesting against Henoko relocation

Acclaimed Ghibli director Takahata encourages citizens protesting against Henoko relocation

December 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Isao Takahata, the eighty-year-old film director of Studio Ghibli animations, made his appearance in front of the gate of the U.S. Marines’ Camp Schwab on December 6. Takahata has earned critical acclaim for Grave of the Fireflies and The Tale of the Princess...

1,300 people commemorate establishment of “All Okinawa Kaigi,”aimed at preventing Henoko base construction

1,300 people commemorate establishment of “All Okinawa Kaigi,”aimed at preventing Henoko base construction

December 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 14 marked the establishment of a new organization called the “All Okinawa Kaigi” to prevent the construction of a new base in Henoko. The organization is a broad-based coalition encompassing many political parties, citizens’ groups, and business...

Okinawa’s potential to fulfill large role in Sino-Japanese relations discussed

Okinawa’s potential to fulfill large role in Sino-Japanese relations discussed

December 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tsuyoshi Arakaki reports from Beijing

The Ryukyu Forum addressing Okinawa’s present condition and aiming to assign roles in Sino-Japanese cultural exchange opened on December 14 at Beijing Normal University, with Okinawan politicians, scholars, and reporters...