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“Peace Walk” tour around Battle of Okinawa sites in Urasoe, Naha

April 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A “Peace Walk” retracing some of the sites of the Battle of Okinawa was held on April 26. Sixty-three people viewed sites from Urasoe Castle Ruins to Shuri in Naha. Takamatsu Gushiken, the president of Gamafuya, a volunteer group dedicated to the recovery of human remains from the Battle of Okinawa, and 85-year-old war survivor Saneyoshi Furugen delivered speeches. At the age of 15, Furugen was conscripted into the Japanese Army’s Blood and Iron Student...

 

Abe and Obama reaffirm they will go ahead with the Henoko relocation

Abe and Obama reaffirm they will go ahead with the Henoko relocation

April 29, 2015 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama held a meeting on April 28 at the White House in Washington D.C. In the joint vision statement, the two leaders confirmed they would drive forward with the relocation...

Protest rally against construction of new US military base attracts 2,500 people during Abe’s visit to US

Protest rally against construction of new US military base attracts 2,500 people during Abe's visit to US

April 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 28, a protest rally was held in the public square in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office in Naha. According to the organizers, about 2,500 people took part. In the Japan-U.S. summit meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack...

AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom opens

AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom opens

April 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A large commercial complex, AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom, which was built on the site of the former U.S. Marine Corps’ Awase Meadows Golf Course in Kitanakagusuku village, opened on April 25. Business people and municipal officials stressed that the mall is a good...

Naha Airport to expand its international terminal

April 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Airport Building Co. Ltd., (NABCO) is to expand part of the International Terminal Building. The new area is expected to open in November 2016. The International Terminal Building itself opened in February 2014. A response to an increase in the number of foreign...

Over 6.8 million people visit Ocean Expo and Shuri Castle

Over 6.8 million people visit Ocean Expo and Shuri Castle

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A record number of people visited the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park, which consists of the Ocean Exposition area in Motobu and the Shurijo Castle area in Naha last year. According to figures released on April 8 by the Okinawa General Bureau, a total...

Public service employees’ unions denounce 24-hour surveillance of Henoko protesters

Public service employees’ unions denounce 24-hour surveillance of Henoko protesters

April 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 23, 4 labor unions held an emergency session in front of the Okinawa General Bureau of the Japanese Government Cabinet Office in Naha. It included a public service union whose members work for the department which is carrying out the surveillance of protesters...

Scandinavian diplomats learn about Henoko issue from Nago Mayor

Scandinavian diplomats learn about Henoko issue from Nago Mayor

April 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Diplomats from the embassies of four Nordic countries met with Mayor Susumu Inamine on April 10 to receive a briefing on the political situation, including the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago. They heard about the mayor’s...

Editorial:Okinawa urges Obama and Abe to halt Henoko ‘injustice’

April 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is slated to meet President Barack Obama today, April 28, in Washington DC. They are expected to discuss the new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. We see action on that project being pushed forward in Okinawa by the Japanese and U.S. governments...

Events to mark the 50th anniversary of Iriomote cat’s discovery

Events to mark the 50th anniversary of Iriomote cat's discovery

April 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taketomi Municipal Office will hold events to mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Iriomote cat. The animal is a subspecies of the leopard and is only found on Iriomote Island, which is the largest of the Yaeyama Islands and the second largest island...

Leader of protest against new US base in Henoko quits because of illness

Leader of protest against new US base in Henoko quits because of illness

April 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro has decided to retire from the sit-in protest at U.S. Marine Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, because of illness. On April 21, many ordinary citizens, including canoeists who protest in the sea off Henoko,...