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With 340 years of history and bearing Christian influences, “Chiritancho” is Itoman, Okinawa’s traditional birthday celebration

With 340 years of history and bearing Christian influences, “Chiritancho” is Itoman, Okinawa’s traditional birthday celebration

December 25, 2016, Ryukyu Shimpo

The Kyan community association in Itoman, Okinawa held their annual newborn celebration, “Chiritancho” on the afternoon of December 25 in the Kyan Community Center. The celebration is for babies born in 2016, and wishes them a long, healthy life. Sixteen of the 25 babies born this year in Kyan participated with their parents, and were celebrated by local residents.

Chiritancho is a traditional event with Christian influences that has been celebrated...

 

“The future is ours,” leader Yamashiro detained for protest against new US base calls for unity

December 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroji Yamashiro, the director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, who was arrested on October 17, has been prosecuted and is now being detained for his involvement in protests against new U.S. base construction in Henoko, Nago and Helipad construction in the...

Okinawa tourism generates 1 billion yen in fiscal year of 2015

December 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, Okinawa Prefecture’s Culture, Tourism, and Sports Division announced the economic effects of tourism in Okinawa in the 2015 fiscal year. Tourism generated 1,143,334 million yen, a rise of 49.9 percent from the survey last year, and the highest...

Candlelit protests against US military bases in Okinawa

Candlelit protests against US military bases in Okinawa

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Kenmin Hiroba in Naha on December 21, citizens took part in a candlelit protest to denounce a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey crashing off east coast of Nago and Japan’s Supreme Court ruling against Okinawa Prefecture in a lawsuit over the relocation of Futenma...

Editorial: Return of Northern Training Area land will not reduce burden; people’s power must resist oppression

December 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

For whose sake is the land being returned? The return can only be declared a deceptive farce devised by the U.S. military and the Abe administration.

At the ceremony celebrating the return of more than half of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area,...

4,200 people at the Nago protest rally and governor determined to remove Ospreys

4,200 people at the Nago protest rally and governor determined to remove Ospreys

December 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

[Nago] On December 22, the Emergency Protest Rally Demanding the Removal of the Defective Aircraft Osprey took place following the crash-landing accident of the U.S. military vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft MV-22 Osprey at the coast of Abu of...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes protest resolution over December 13 Osprey crash

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes protest resolution over December 13 Osprey crash

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 22, at the Prefectural Assembly’s final regular meeting of the year, the protest resolution and written opinion proposed by the ruling party passed by majority. As a strong protest to the Osprey crash on December 13, the resolution demands the...

Digital Edition Extra: Supreme Court dismisses Okinawa’s appeal in Henoko lawsuit

Digital Edition Extra: Supreme Court dismisses Okinawa’s appeal in Henoko lawsuit

December 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On the afternoon of December 20, the Second Petty Bench of the Supreme Court, presided over by Judge Kaoru Onimaru, dismissed Okinawa’s appeal in the lawsuit brought against Okinawa by the national government to have Okinawa Governor Takeshi...

U.S. Veterans for Peace officially oppose Henoko construction, ask for nationwide support

December 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Washington Special Correspondent Sakae Toiyama reporting
Veterans for Peace (VFP), a peace organization created by retired military service people with 120 chapters throughout the U.S. passed a pair or resolutions concerning military base construction in...

Forced mass suicides to be mentioned in high school textbooks

Forced mass suicides to be mentioned in high school textbooks

December 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 1, Toshinobu Nakazato, a member of the Lower House, and members of “9.29 Kenmin taikai ketsugi wo jitsugen saseru kai” (the association for realizing the resolution adopted at the 9.29 prefectural people’s rally) held a press conference at...

Okinawa ranks as the sixth destinations recommended by UK travel website

Okinawa ranks as the sixth destinations recommended by UK travel website

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A major travel arrangement website in UK called Skyscanner announced “top holidays destination,” and Okinawa ranked as the sixth in the top seven destinations. Okinawa is only place ranked from Asia, described as “the most beautiful and mysterious beaches.”...