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800 people protest self-defense force deployment in Ishigaki

800 people protest self-defense force deployment in Ishigaki

January 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A public meeting against deployment of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to Ishigaki Island was held in Ishigaki City gymnastic hall on January 29, and approximately 800 people from around the city attended the meeting. The group adopted a resolution to oppose the city mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama’s announcement to accept the JGSDF. They concluded the protest while holding picket signs with the words “missile” and “base” crossed out.

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Documentary film “Targeted Island Kaji kataka” by director Mikami completed

Documentary film “Targeted Island Kaji kataka” by director Mikami completed

February 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A new documentary film titled “Targeted Island Kaji kataka” captures the military base issue in Okinawa from residents’ perspectives. This is the third and the latest work of the director Chie Mikami following “The Targeted Village” and “We Shall Overcome...

Okinawa governor warns forcible construction of a new base will lead to future trouble for Japan-US security relations

Okinawa governor warns forcible construction of a new base will lead to future trouble for Japan-US security relations

February 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington D.C.

On February 3, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who visited the United States to call for the cancellation of construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, held a press conference in Washington D.C.

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Complete skeleton found in cave in Yaese believed to belong to Japanese soldier

Complete skeleton found in cave in Yaese believed to belong to Japanese soldier

February 1, 2017 Yukiko Toyohama of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 31, a complete skeleton believed to belong to a Japanese soldier from the Battle of Okinawa was found in a cave at Asato, Yaese. The remains are complete with a skull, shoulder blades, tailbone, thighbones, shin bones, upper arm bones,...

Ikei neighborhood association rejects reparations offer, pushes to cease flights over 4 islands

February 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In light of a U.S. military helicopter making an emergency landing on an agricultural road in Uruma City, Yonashiro, Ikeijima, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) offered reparations to the Ikei neighborhood community association. On the first of the month, the neighborhood...

Governor Onaga travels to US to call for a stop to Henoko construction

Governor Onaga travels to US to call for a stop to Henoko construction

February 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington D.C.

On the afternoon of January 31, Governor Takeshi Onaga began his action in Washington D.C. to convey Okinawa’s opposition to the construction of a new base as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air...

Above-sea fence at Henoko almost finished, protesters removed by riot police

Above-sea fence at Henoko almost finished, protesters removed by riot police

January 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

(Henoko issue reporting team) To facilitate the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago in conjunction with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, on January 27, the Okinawa Defense Bureau brought floats with support pillars...

Public Security Intelligence Agency’s report claims Ryukyu-China programs aim to divide country

Public Security Intelligence Agency's report claims Ryukyu-China programs aim to divide country

January 18, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s Public Security Intelligence Agency claimed in its latest report that China was moving to deepen its ties with Ryukyu (Okinawa) independence groups through academic exchanges, and that it could be a strategy to divide Japan by promoting favorable...

Gathering before Naha District Court backs Amnesty International’s call for Yamashiro’s release

Gathering before Naha District Court backs Amnesty International’s call for Yamashiro’s release

January 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The detention of chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro, who took on a central role in the movements opposing Henoko base construction and Takae helipad construction, has continued for more than 100 days. He was arrested and indicted on...

Amnesty International begins international movement calling for the immediate release of imprisoned Okinawan peace movement leader

January 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reporting from Washington D.C.

The international human rights organization Amnesty International began an international campaign calling for the immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro, director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center on January...

Editorial: With U.S. trip, governor needs strategy for breakthrough on new base issue

January 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Takeshi Onaga has departed for his third trip to the United States since taking office. He will visit Congress members and think tanks that have influence on the new Trump administration and call for abandonment of the plan to build a new base in conjunction...