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Okinawa makes first-ever request to end shared use of dams, citing no U.S. military training there in 30 years

there in 30 years

November 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a meeting with Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki requested an end to shared use by Japan and the U.S. of the Fukuji Dam inside the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area and the Kanna Dam inside the U.S. military’s Camp Hansen.

This marks the first time that the Okinawa prefectural government has officially made a request to the national government to end shared use of a dam.

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US F/A-18 accident marks 50th US military aircraft crash in Okinawa since 1972 return to Japan

US F/A-18 accident marks 50th US military aircraft crash in Okinawa since 1972 return to Japan

 

November 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

At about 11:45 a.m. on November 12, an F/A-18 fighter jet from Carrier Air Wing Five of the U.S. Navy Carrier experienced engine trouble and crashed in the ocean approximately 140 kilometers to the southwest of Minami-Daito Island,...

Kiyuna wins third straight World Karate Championship, also repeats in group category with Kinjo and Uemura

Kiyuna wins third straight World Karate Championship, also repeats in group category with Kinjo and Uemura

 

November 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the fifth day of the World Karate Championship held in Madrid, Spain, Okinawan-born...

Third-generation Okinawan Ige wins gubernatorial re-election for second term by 110,000 votes

Third-generation Okinawan Ige wins gubernatorial re-election for second term by 110,000 votes

November 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 6, third-generation Okinawan and incumbent Hawaii Governor David Ige (D) was re-elected in the gubernatorial election.

He received a total of 236,574 votes, a huge difference from the 109,857 votes received by State Representative...

Yomitan cheese using raw Okinawan milk wins silver in Japan Cheese Award

Yomitan cheese using raw Okinawan milk wins silver in Japan Cheese Award

 

November 1, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On October 20 during the Japan Cheese Award held in Tokyo, the “Marinated Yomitan tyrí” cheese sold at Greek restaurant Little GREEK Kitchen in Nagahama, Yomitan Village won silver for the Fresh Variety category.

A different...

Okinawan descendants abroad create petition in support of Governor Tamaki

Okinawan descendants abroad create petition in support of Governor Tamaki

 

November 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 7, Okinawans descendants abroad issued “A Statement by Diasporic Okinawans in Support of Governor Denny Tamaki.” Governor Tamaki opposes the construction of the new military base in Henoko, Nago City, which is associated...

Motobu rejects Japanese government’s use of quays at Motobu Port due to damage by typhoon

Motobu rejects Japanese government’s use of quays at Motobu Port due to damage by typhoon

 

November 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Motobu – The Motobu town government, which recently rejected a quay use application...

Citizens protesting in Oura Bay ask for understanding that they do not want Henoko base

Citizens protesting in Oura Bay ask for understanding that they do not want Henoko base

 

November 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On November 7, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) moved forward with installing floats on the ocean as part of construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago City.

Citizens who oppose construction...

Japan to resubmit Amami-Okinawa site nomination for World Natural Heritage List inscription

Japan to resubmit Amami-Okinawa site nomination for World Natural Heritage List inscription

 

November 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yuri Shimizu

 

On November 2, the Japanese government decided to resubmit nomination of an Okinawan site for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Natural Heritage status.

The...

Hopes of outperforming Hawaii in tourism dashed

Hopes of outperforming Hawaii in tourism dashed

 

November 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Ryota Nakamura

 

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Citizens protest in the rain with renewed conviction in mass action against new base construction: “We won’t be defeated!”

Citizens protest in the rain with renewed conviction in mass action against new base construction: “We won’t be defeated!”

 

November 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Henoko reporting team) November 3 saw the first mass action protesting the new base construction since the national government resumed construction after the land minister ordered an injunction to invalidate the Okinawa prefectural...