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Yonaguni referendum shows majority favor JGSDF deployment

Yonaguni referendum shows majority favor JGSDF deployment

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense plans to place a coastal monitoring unit for the Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) on Yonaguni Island. A referendum asking residents if they accept the unit was held on February 22. The polls showed that a majority favored the JSDF deployment. The polls find 632 voters (57.76 percent) favor the unit deployment, 445 voters (40.67 percent) not in favor and 17 voters (1.57 percent) invalid. The total number of voters was 1,276 people...

 

Seeking a course: forum to discuss self-determination for Okinawa

Seeking a course: forum to discuss self-determination for Okinawa

February 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 15 at the Okinawa International University, Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa International University Institute of General Industrial Research held a forum called “Seeking a course-discussions of Okinawa’s right to self-determination.”

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International exchange through world home cuisine

International exchange through world home cuisine

February 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of February 8, The 18th World Food Festival was held to foster the international exchange at Nago Civil Hall. Participants enjoyed home cuisines from 11 countries, including Ghana, Hawaii, India, and Morocco, which took part in the event for the...

2,800 protesters demand government stop construction of new US base in Henoko

2,800 protesters demand government stop construction of new US base in Henoko

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The governments of Japan and the United States are advancing the construction of a new U.S. base in Henko, Nago, in order to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan. On February 22, an Okinawan people’s rally protesting the construction...

Okinawa Governor Onaga considers cancelling approval of new U.S military base construction

Okinawa Governor Onaga considers cancelling approval of new U.S military base construction

February 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 19, the regular monthly meeting of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly was held. At the meeting, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga announced the policy of the prefectural government for the fiscal year of 2015. Onaga talked about the relocation plan for...

PET bottles save drowning man in river

PET bottles save drowning man in river

February 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

PET bottles have saved a man who fell into a river in Naha. At 0:28 p.m. on February, Naha City Fire Headquarters received an emergency phone call from a citizen. He said, “A man fell into the river.” He noticed the man when he was walking on a road...

Corals destroyed in Oura Bay

Corals destroyed in Oura Bay

February 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Large concrete blocks weighing 10-45 tons have damaged coral in Oura Bay, Nago, the planned site of the replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The Okinawa Defense Bureau has installed blocks on the seabed to fix floats marking a temporary...

Takae residents protest against Japanese government agreeing to provide land for US helipads before returning region’s land occupied by US military

Takae residents protest against Japanese government agreeing to provide land for US helipads before returning region's land occupied by US military

February 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military plans to build military helipads as a condition of the partial return of its Northern Training Area. The governments of Japan and the United States agreed to provide two touchdown areas in N4 area, which is the closest to Takae Village, before...

Henoko protesters detained by US military

Henoko protesters detained by US military

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 22, officers from Nago Police Station arrested two men for allegedly trespassing onto U.S. Marine Camp Schwab. According to the Okinawa Prefectural Police, they have been charged with violating the Act on Special Measures Concerning Criminal Cases.

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Okinawa Governor orders Defense Bureau to stop installing concrete blocks in the sea off Henoko

Okinawa Governor orders Defense Bureau to stop installing concrete blocks in the sea off Henoko

February 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of the forced relocation of U.S Marine Corps Air Station to Henoko in Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau has dropped concrete blocks weighing between 10 and 45 tons on the seabed at dozens of locations off the coast of Henoko. The concrete blocks placed...

Stop the installation of anchors at Oura Bay: 2,662 citizens sign petition to governor

Stop the installation of anchors at Oura Bay: 2,662 citizens sign petition to governor

February 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

In relation to the U.S Marine Corps Air Station relocation to Henoko in Nago City, 2,662 citizens handed in an urgent petition to Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga on February 10. The citizens asked the Okinawa Prefectural government to order the Okinawa Defense...