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Governor Onaga tells foreign media: Tokyo’s Henoko policy is like US policy during occupation

Governor Onaga tells foreign media: Tokyo’s Henoko policy is like US policy during occupation

May 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga on May 20 held press conferences at the Japan National Press Club and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo. “They are using bayonets and bulldozers to forcibly build a military base in the sea,” he said referring to how the governments of Japan and the United States are pushing forward with preparation work for a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. The new base is intended to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air...

 

Henoko Fund formally launched in Naha with 185 million yen

Henoko Fund formally launched in Naha with 185 million yen

May 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Henoko Fund aimed at supporting activities to prevent the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, a coastal community in the city of Nago in northern Okinawa Prefecture, was formally launched in Naha on May 13. Over 185 million yen had already...

“Mainland is inaccessible” Governor Onaga expresses what is in Okinawans’ hearts

May 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at the Prefectural Government Office around 10 a.m. on May 15. Governor Onaga was asked what he thinks is in “the hearts of Okinawans.” The question harked back to comments made by former governor...

Universities in Okinawa and Hawaii agree partnership

Universities in Okinawa and Hawaii agree partnership

May 14, 2015 Sadaharu Shimabukuro, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Hawaii State Capitol on May 12, the University of the Ryukyus President Hajime Oshiro, Meio University President Katsunori Yamazato, and the University of Hawaii President David Lassner signed a partnership agreement....

Osprey crashes in Hawaii, one dead; same model as Ospreys deployed at Futenma

Osprey crashes in Hawaii, one dead; same model as Ospreys deployed at Futenma

May 19, 2015 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On May 17 at 11:40 a.m., a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft crashed over an Air Force base on the Hawaiian island of Oahu during a drill. Of the 22 marines aboard the aircraft, one...

Son of US veteran visits Okinawa, remembering how his father saved locals

Son of US veteran visits Okinawa, remembering how his father saved locals

May 6, 2015 Yuri Shimizu of Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 24, third-generation Okinawan American, Alvin Higa, who lives in California and is the first son of Taro Higa, visited Shimabukuro, Kitanakagusuku Village. Taro, who spoke Japanese and lived in Kitanakagusuku Village until he was nine years...

Nago City Assembly to ask US to examine construction of new base

May 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of May 14, Nago City Assembly held an extraordinary session. Members unanimously resolved to ask Congress to examine the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. They want U.S. lawmakers to understand that the Okinawan...

35,000 attend rally demanding construction stops at new US base

35,000 attend rally demanding construction stops at new US base

May 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A huge rally against the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko in Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, was held on May 17 at Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha. About 35,000 people...

Tontonme mudskippers falling in love

Tontonme mudskippers falling in love

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, at a tidal wetland of Sashiki-fusozaki in Nanjo, Tontonme mudskippers’ breeding season started, and courtship behavior was observed.

Male mudskippers were demonstrating their beautiful back fins to attract the attention of females. Male mudskippers...

Ministry of Defense to deploy JGSDF’s missile companies to Ishigaki-jima Island

May 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense is considering deploying the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF)’s missile companies to Ishigaki-jima Island. This was revealed to the Ryukyu Shimpo by anonymous sources on May 11 .

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Akira...

Ministry of Defense to deploy JGSDF’s forces to Miyako-jima Island

Ministry of Defense to deploy JGSDF's forces to Miyako-jima Island

May 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Akira Sato has asked Miyakojima City Mayor Toshihiko Shimoji to host the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF)’s troops (about 700-800 personnel), including surface-to-air missile, surface-to-ship missile and security...