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Intellectuals including Nobel Prize winner release statement calling for stop new US base

Intellectuals including Nobel Prize winner release statement calling for stop new US base

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, 22 Japanese intellectuals, including Kenichi Miyamoto, emeritus professor at Osaka City University and the Nobel Prize winner, novelist Kenzaburo Oe, released a statement seeking an immediate stop to the reclamation work at Henoko, Nago. The governments of Japan and the United States are moving forward with construction of a U.S. air base to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The intellectuals stressed in the statement that the Okinawan people...

 

Shimagurumikaigi to set up fund to block the new US base at Henoko

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Island-Wide Council (Shimagurumikaigi) is to set up a fund as part of its campaign against the new U.S. base in Henoko. The money will be used to spread the message that public opinion in Okinawa opposes the Henoko relocation. The fund will help raise awareness...

Third-generation Okinawan Hawaiian delighted to meet his relatives

Third-generation Okinawan Hawaiian delighted to meet his relatives

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A third generation Okinawan from Hawaii has been getting to know his local relatives. Chris Chitose China met his second cousin 73-year-old Sadao for the first time in Yomitan on March 28. Chris’s grandfather and Sadao’s grandfather were brothers.

Chris...

Sit-in protest on Henoko beach marks 4000 days

Sit-in protest on Henoko beach marks 4000 days

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, citizens of a sit-in protest on Henoko beach marked 4,000 days since the sit-in began in 2004. It will mark the 11th anniversary on April 19. The protest began in response to a Japanese government marine boring survey, in preparation for the construction...

84 people including Diet members gather at Camp Schwab gate to protest against the construction of a new base

84 people including Diet members gather at Camp Schwab gate to protest against the construction of a new base

April 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A protest by 84 people, including members of Japan’s national parliament, took place in front of the gate at U.S. Marine Camp Schwab on April 4. The protesters called for a halt to the construction of a new base. The demonstration was organized by the Committee...

Okinawa Governor Onaga compares the Japanese government to the island’s former “autocratic” US High Commissioner

Okinawa Governor Onaga compares the Japanese government to the island’s former

April 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga have held a stormy meeting at a Naha hotel. Suga said, “Giving up Henoko relocation could lead to Futenma Air Station becoming a permanent fixture. Based on applicable laws and regulations...

Fans cheer stars on the red carpet at Okinawa International Movie Festival

Fans cheer stars on the red carpet at Okinawa International Movie Festival

March 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 25, the 7th Okinawa International Movie Festival, “Laugh & Peace” opened at the Tropical Beach in Ginowan.

Appearing on the red carpet, marking the festival’s opening, were Okinawan comedy duo Garage Sale, other comedians, idols, actors...

US military returns 51-hectare housing area at Camp Zukeran

US military returns 51-hectare housing area at Camp Zukeran

April 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 31, the U.S. military returned to Japan a 51-hectare housing area at Camp Zukeran (West Futenma Housing area) in Ginowan. This is part of a 2013 agreement between the governments of the two countries to reduce the U.S. military presence south of Kadena airbase....

Iriomote residents conduct night patrols to protect wild cat

Iriomote residents conduct night patrols to protect wild cat

March 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Save Iriomote wild cats from traffic accidents – five couples are involved in a project called the “Yamaneko Patrol,” on roads around Taketomi Town, Iriomote Island where many wild cats have been seen. Twenty-nine-year old Mirai Hirai who came...

Henoko protester arrested

Henoko protester arrested

March 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A man has been arrested in front of the main gate at Camp Schwab in Henoko. It happened on the morning of March 31. He was part of a protest against construction work at the base and was arrested for obstructing officers in the course of their duty. He was taken...

100 assembly members set up organization to block construction of new US base in Henoko

100 assembly members set up organization to block construction of new US base in Henoko

March 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 100 members of Okinawa’s local municipal assemblies and the Diet have set up an organization to work towards blocking construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. They have agreed to work together to stop the Futenma relocation plan.

They are...