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Editorial: Base closure only way to prevent future crimes

May 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yet another precious Okinawan life has been stolen away. Comments by a man associated with the U.S. military implies that he was involved. At the root of the problem is the role of the Japanese and U.S. governments, who force an overwhelming proportion of U.S. military bases on Okinawa. Both governments, having failed to take an active stance toward consolidating and reducing U.S. bases in Okinawa, bear a substantial responsibility. We protest strongly.

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Police arrest US base employee suspected of dumping missing woman’s body in Okinawa

May 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19 the Okinawa prefectural police arrested 32-year-old Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a current military employee on Kadena Air Base and former U.S. Marine living in Yonabaru, on suspicion of dumping the body of a 20-year-old female office worker from Uruma City...

Okinawa Gov. Onaga joins the pitch opening ceremony for a game between Dodgers and Mets

Okinawa Gov. Onaga joins the pitch opening ceremony for a game between Dodgers and Mets

May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is on an official trip to the United States to call for participation in the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival which will be held in October. Onaga joined the pitch opening ceremony for a major league game between the Los Angeles Dodgers...

US congressman suggests Henoko relocation can be changed

US congressman suggests Henoko relocation can be changed

May 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hisao Tome in Washington D.C.

On May 16, in Washington D.C, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with four members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

According to Governor Onaga, Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a member of the House Appropriations...

130-meter long coral reefs found in Gushikawa Island, Izena

130-meter long coral reefs found in Gushikawa Island, Izena

May 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yoshikatsu Nakano and a specialist team from the University of the Ryukyus Tropical Biosphere Research Center, and marine photographer Akinori Annou found a large coral reef colony, (Pocillopora), in the area around Gushikawa Island, Izena Village. According to Nakano,...

Okinawan novelist attempts to sue U.S. Marine Corps for detaining him

Okinawan novelist attempts to sue U.S. Marine Corps for detaining him

May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Akutagawa Prize winning novelist Shun Medoruma was detained by a Japanese security guard employed by U.S. Marine Corps while protesting against new U.S. base construction in Henoko, Nago. Medoruma filed a lawsuit in the Naha District Court, claiming the U.S. Marine...

Okinawan team visits Virginia to promote memorable Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

Okinawan team visits Virginia to promote memorable Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

May 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hisao Tome in Washington, D.C.

An Okinawan team promoting the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival scheduled for October made its last stop on its rounds to four cities and two countries in North America to encourage attendance for the festival. At 11 a.m. on...

Okinawa Gov. Onaga joins the pitch opening ceremony for a game between Dodgers and Mets

Okinawa Gov. Onaga joins the pitch opening ceremony for a game between Dodgers and Mets

May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is on an official trip to the United States to call for participation in the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival which will be held in October. Onaga joined the pitch opening ceremony for a major league game between the Los Angeles Dodgers...

Editorial Base closure only way to prevent future crimes

May 20, 2016

Ryukyu Shimpo

Yet another precious Okinawan life has been stolen away. Comments by a man associated with the U.S. military implies that he was involved. At the root of the problem is the role of the Japanese and U.S. governments, who force an overwhelming proportion of U.S....

Editorial: Forty-four years after reversion, Okinawa must decide its own future

May 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

What have the past forty-four years brought to Okinawa? In 1972, the people of Okinawa desired to return to Japan and the protection of its peace constitution, and to achieve self-governance.

But what has actually occurred? The overwhelming burden of U.S. military...

55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

May 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Okinawa marked 44 years since the administration of the islands was given back to Japan from the United States. A rally calling for peace and protecting life was held at a park in the Naha New Urban Center, a former U.S. military facility.

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