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Onaga responds to riot police officer using discriminatory term for Okinawan protesters

Onaga responds to riot police officer using discriminatory term for Okinawan protesters

October 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At an interview on October 19 at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, Governor Takeshi Onaga gave a comment in regards to the riot police officer who used “dojin,” a derogatory term for “aborigines,” to refer to Okinawan protesters. Onaga said, “The implication is [that Okinawans are] inhabitants of an uncivilized region. As an Okinawan citizen and as the governor, I feel not only that [use of this term] is outrageous and inexcusable, but I also feel...

 

Editorial: Government responsible for structural discrimination behind “dojin” remark

October 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area, where helipads are being built, a riot police officer from the Osaka Prefectural Police Department yelled out “dojin,” a derogatory term for “aboriginal,” at protesters opposing the helipad construction...

Editorial: Base contamination information disclosure must precede land return plan

October 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thorough decontamination of land used by the U.S. military must be carried out before it is returned. The Okinawa Defense Bureau has submitted a proposal plan for the return of roughly half of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area, but the fact that its...

World’s most tremendous Great Tug of War in Naha

World’s most tremendous Great Tug of War in Naha

October 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 46th Naha Tug of War was held at the Kumoji intersection of Route 58 in Naha on October 9. According to the organizer, about 270,000 people took part in the event.

The crowd pulled on the rope for 30 minutes, with the West side winning the competitive...

Okinawa kenjinkai launched in India to promote “Uchinanchu Spirit.”

Okinawa kenjinkai launched in India to promote “Uchinanchu Spirit.”

October 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Masatoshi Inafuku

On October 8, nine people from Okinawa established the “India Okinawa Kenjinkai” in India, where there was previously kenjinkai group. At “the First India Okinawa Kenjinkai,” which was held in Gurgaon, near Delhi, the Kenjinkai...

Certificate issued for Ryukyu King and Queen of Shurijo Festival

Certificate issued for Ryukyu King and Queen of Shurijo Festival

October 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony for certification of the king and queen of the Shurijo Festival was held on October 11 at the Naha City Office. The festival is sponsored by the Shurijo Festival Planning Committee and co-sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo and Shuri Promotion Association....

Swimming in Ginowan’s beaches prohibited after sighting of shark

October 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Swimming was prohibited in Chatan beaches after the sighting of a shark, reportedly a Bull shark, in the Mihama area of the Town. Since October 12, swimming in Tropical beach in the Mashiki area of Ginowan City has also been prohibited. This is the third beach...

Agarie family hosts celebration for Japanese immigrants in Argentina

Agarie family hosts celebration for Japanese immigrants in Argentina

October 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japanese immigrants who took root in Argentina over 100 years ago were celebrated at the Teatro Greison in Monte Grande, located in the southern suburbs of Greater Buenos Aires on August 7. The tribute was planned by Dr. Roberto Agarie (doctor or forensic medicine...

Crimes involving US servicemen violating criminal code in Okinawa accounts for 45 % of recorded crime in Japan

October 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

There are 34 cases in which U.S. military personnel were charged for violating the Japanese criminal code in Okinawa. The figures accounted for 45 percent of 76 cases nationwide. On October 4, Kiichiro Jahana, the head of the Executive Office of the Governor, announced...

Family of Korean war victims faces difficulty in getting names inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

Family of Korean war victims faces difficulty in getting names inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

October 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The family of two Korean war victims who were suspected to have died in Okinawa had been hoping to get the victims’ names inscribed on the Cornerstone of Peace in Mabuni, Itoman City. However, on October 5, they were told they could not apply because there was...

Joint use of US training area by SDF for anti-guerilla exercises could entail burden increase

October 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 4, it was discovered that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) has a plan to conduct joint use of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area as a training area for the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to engage in anti-guerilla warfare training. The information...