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University presidents in Okinawa ask for halt on US military flights

University presidents in Okinawa ask for halt on US military flights

October 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten presidents of universities, colleges and a technical junior college in Okinawa sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister at the end of September, asking for halt of the flight of U.S. military aircraft over the campuses.

They will also send the letter in English to the United States Government.

Hajime Oshiro, the president of the University of the Ryukyus, said at a news conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Government...

 

Okinawans across the nation unite to block new US base, supporting Gov. Onaga

Okinawans across the nation unite to block new US base, supporting Gov. Onaga

October 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 13th national Okinawa Kenjinkai exchange meeting was held on October 3 in Tokyo. About 230 representatives from 18 organizations and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga attended the meeting.

The meeting is held by the Tokyo Okinawa Kenjinkai every two years,...

US and Japan sign environmental agreement, but no obligations placed on US

September 30, 2015 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On the afternoon of September 28, the governments of the United States and Japan concluded a supplementary environmental agreement regarding the performance of on-site surveys within US military base compounds. Japanese...

Henoko not referred to as “the only” option for MCAS Futenma relocation in final NDAA bill

October 1, 2015 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On September 29, the US Congress Joint Committee on Armed Services presented the final version of the National Defense Authority Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 (October 2015-September 2016). The previous House of Representatives...

Civilian victims of Battle of Okinawa file PTSD medical certificate in damage suit against government

Civilian victims of Battle of Okinawa file PTSD medical certificate in damage suit against government

October 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 30, a trial hearing of a case involving 79 survivors and survival family members embroiled in the Battle of Okinawa has concluded at Naha District Court. The plaintiffs filed for damages against the Japanese government. The decision will be given on...

Bridled tern flying from Iran found in Nago

October 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Yamashina Institute for Ornithology in Chiba Prefecture announced that a seabird found at the Kanucha Golf Course in Abu, Nago City was a Bridled Tern that had flown from Nakhiloo Island in Iran. The bird was found in October last year and died after it was...

Kanehide Group Chairman energizes Henoko protesters

Kanehide Group Chairman energizes Henoko protesters

October 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In front of the gate at Camp Schwab in Nago, citizens continue to stage a sit-in-protest against the construction of an alternative base for U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, which the Japanese and US governments want to relocate to Oura Bay, off the coast...

Taketomi Town to create “Iriomote Wild Cat Day”

September 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taketomi Town Office will mark ‘Iriomote Yamaneko no Hi’ (Iriomote Wild Cat Day) on April 15 of every year. This year was the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Iriomote Wild Cat, a special national treasure. The wild cat can only be found...

Disaster Relief Act applied to Yonaguni, where damages of more than 100 million yen caused by Typhoon Dujuan

Disaster Relief Act applied to Yonaguni, where damages of more than 100 million yen caused by Typhoon Dujuan

October 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 30, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) decided that it would apply the Disaster Relief Act to Yonaguni Island, where more than 300 houses were damaged by Typhoon No.21 or Super Typhoon Dujuan.

The typhoon registered a maximum instantaneous...

Terashima claims Okinawa as hub for harmonized Asia rather than military

Terashima claims Okinawa as hub for harmonized Asia rather than military

September 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

President of the Japan Research Institute, Jitsuro Terashima, gave a talk titled “Summer 70-Years After the War, Strategic Perspective on Okinawa: beyond Security Legislation” on September 9 at Palette Civic Theater in Naha City.
Three hundred...

Team Wakat-da wins gold award at 2015 World Eisa Competition

Team Wakat-da wins gold award at 2015 World Eisa Competition

September 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 2015 World Eisa Competition sponsored by Urasoe City held its main event, the original eisa contest, on September 22 at National Theatre Okinawa in Urasoe City. Tijinshu Wakat-da from Urasoe City won the group’s grand first prize. CHURASA from Itoman...