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US military proceed with vehicle air-drop training at Ie airfield despite calls to stop

 

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

U.S. marines in Okinawa conducted training to drop vehicles and soldiers from an airplane at Ie airfield on Ie Island, Okinawa, on May 22.

According to Ie village, the dropped vehicles and soldiers landed on the airfield, and no damage has been reported on public land.

The village received a notification about the training from the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) on May 17, to which the village government responded on May...

 

Assembly held in Naha to kick of petition demanding Henoko landfill be put to Okinawan resident vote

Assembly held in Naha to kick of petition demanding Henoko landfill be put to Okinawan resident vote

 

May 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A...

Japan P.E.N. Club holds Day of Peace Symposium in Okinawa, speakers say Okinawa still feels anguish of war

Japan P.E.N. Club holds Day of Peace Symposium in Okinawa, speakers say Okinawa still feels anguish of war

 

May 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 20 the Japan P.E.N. Club held its 34th Day of Peace Symposium at the Okinawa Convention Center, which was themed “People, Island Life, Okinawa and Literature.”

Nine authors, poets, and journalists attended from...

Onaga announces plan to resume work following removal of cancerous tumor

Onaga announces plan to resume work following removal of cancerous tumor

 

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On May 15 at 1:30 p.m., Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at the Prefectural Office, where he released information about his surgery and physical health.

That morning he was discharged from a hospital...

Whale returned to the sea in Nago after six-hour rescue effort by discoverer and Churashima Foundation employees

Whale returned to the sea in Nago after six-hour rescue effort by discoverer and Churashima Foundation employees

May 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Nago – A rescue party was spontaneously formed on May 19 after a 4.85 meter-long short-finned...

Editorial: 46 years after the reversion of Okinawa to Japan, a fundamental change to Okinawan Promotion must be made

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 15, 1972, Okinawa was returned to Japanese control. In November of 1971, at the 67th extraordinary Diet, also known as the Okinawan Diet, Chief Executive of the Government of the Ryukyus Chobyo Yara submitted a proposal outlining steps to return...

Twice-adopted U.S. singer-songwriter returns to Okinawa after 27 years

Twice-adopted U.S. singer-songwriter returns to Okinawa after 27 years

 

May 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

 

“Dear Okinawan mom in heaven, thank you for making me your daughter.

” Crystal Joy Kinjyo (English name Teesa Houston), age 30, is a vocalist, singer, and songwriter of KOLAJ, a band that is based in Los Angeles.

She...

Iriomote Cat killed in traffic accident on Iriomote island for third time this year

Iriomote Cat killed in traffic accident on Iriomote island for third time this year

 

May 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

An Iriomote cat, one of Japan’s protected species, was found dead on prefectural route 215 in Taketomi town on Iriomote Island around 6:00 AM on May 4. The cause of death is thought to be by traffic accident, and it is the third case its...

Prefectural citizens’ rally gathers 3500 people protesting military base reinforcement

Prefectural citizens’ rally gathers 3500 people protesting military base reinforcement

 

May 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In the afternoon on May 13 at Ginowan Seaside Park’s Outdoor Theater, the 5/15 Peace March Action Committee and the Okinawa Peace Movement Center held a prefectural citizens’ rally to protect peace and life.

In commemoration...

Born before Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Michiko Oshiro will be reunited with her ex-Marine father at his grave

Born before Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Michiko Oshiro will be reunited with her ex-Marine father at his grave

 

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hiroshi Massaki

 

A woman began searching for her estranged father, an ex-U.S. Marine, 30 years after she was separated from him shortly after birth in 1969, just before the reversion of Okinawa to Japan.

Her name is Michiko...

JTB to strengthen Okinawa tourism via training of 300 employees in Okinawa

JTB to strengthen Okinawa tourism via training of 300 employees in Okinawa

 

May 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

For fiscal year 2018, JTB, the largest domestic travel agency in Japan, is training 300 of their salespersons from all over the country in Okinawa.

These salespersons sell tours at the front line.

The purpose of this training...