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7,000 citizens form human chain in Tokyo to protest against new US base in Henoko

7,000 citizens form human chain in Tokyo to protest against new US base in Henoko

January 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, in Tokyo, about 7,000 people, including scholars, members of citizen groups, and people from Okinawa, formed a human chain around the Diet building to oppose a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. The protesters successfully completed the human chain two times that day. It is the first time protesters have surrounded the Diet building to oppose the government’s plan to move the Futenma base to Henoko. The participants raised their voices, saying...

 

Hewlett-Packard Vice President meets Okinawa Governor, with eye on Okinawa for business expansion in Asia

Hewlett-Packard Vice President meets Okinawa Governor, with eye on Okinawa for business expansion in Asia

January 23, 2015

On January 22, Vice President Tom Norton of the Hewlett-Packard Company U.S. Headquarters (HP) made a courtesy call on Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. Vice President Norton expressed interest in finding ways to utilize international submarine...

Diet, prefecture, city, town and village assembly members sit-in protest against new US base in Henoko

Diet, prefecture, city, town and village assembly members sit-in protest against new US base in Henoko

January 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 24, more than 100 members of Diet, prefecture, city town and village assemblies took part in a sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago. The governments of Japan and the United States are pushing forward the plan to move U.S. Marine Corps...

Dozens of tons of concrete blocks introduced in Henoko: Okinawa Defense Bureau forcing through new base construction

Dozens of tons of concrete blocks introduced in Henoko: Okinawa Defense Bureau forcing through new base construction

January 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In relation to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station relocation to Henoko in Nago City, a total of seven ships, including a large crane ship, have arrived at Oura Bay on January 27. The Okinawa Defense Bureau used a large crane ship to start the task of installing...

Island-Wide Council to appeal to the United Nations, working with the Okinawa prefectural government

January 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 13, Director Yoshikazu Tamaki of the “Island-Wide Council for Leading to the Future and Realizing the Okinawa Statement” has announced an international strategy at a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Building. Among the plans...

The first Megamouth Shark fossil to be found in Asia has been unearthed in Okinawa

The first Megamouth Shark fossil to be found in Asia has been unearthed in Okinawa

January 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan researchers have unearthed the fossilized tooth of a megamouth shark on the east coast of the southern island prefecture. There are few fossil specimens of the shark worldwide. Fossilized remains of the shark had only been found in North America and Europe...

Okinawa Governor asks for construction work of US base to be halted while panel examines its legality

Okinawa Governor asks for construction work of US base to be halted while panel examines its legality

January 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 26, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga set up an independent panel to verify whether there is a legal flaw or not in then-Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of landfill in Henoko, Nago. The governments of Japan and the United States plan to move...

Coast Guard officer takes excessive action against female citizen: JCG denies the accusation

Coast Guard officer takes excessive action against female citizen: JCG denies the accusation

January 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Oura Bay, Nago, a 51-year-old female filmmaker Asako Kageyama was on a ship protesting against the plan to build an alternative base in Henoko, Nago, for U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan. When Kageyma was filming offshore construction being carried...

Tonaki Village Council protests against parts of US Marine helicopter falling near Tonaki

January 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Parts of a U.S. Marine AH- attack helicopter belonging to the Futenma base fell during flight in training airspace near Irisuna Island, Tonaki on January 15. The parts weighed more than 200 kilograms, including a hellfire missile launcher. In a meeting held on...

Charter flights between Thailand and Okinawa come into operation

January 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Jumbo Tours, a travel agency, has recently resumed charter flights between Thailand and Okinawa (photograph). Charter flights were suspended for about a year due to the unstable political situation in Thailand.

Two-hundred-eighty people from Okinawa departed...

Okinawa Association of Bolivia holds New Year’s party

Okinawa Association of Bolivia holds New Year's party

January 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 17, the Okinawa Association of Bolivia held a New Year’s party with Okinawan Bolivian students who are visiting Okinawa, in Naha. The Bolivian students are third generation Okinawan Bolivian and came to Okinawa with scholarships from the Okinawa...