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ACSILs holds forum on Ryukyu independence in New York

ACSILs holds forum on Ryukyu independence in New York

September 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington DC

On September 27, the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans (ACSILs), an organization engaged in interdisciplinary research aiming to achieve Ryukyuan independence from Japan, held a forum at New York University in New York. The five speakers presenting at the forum were ACSILs co-representative and Ryukoku University professor Yasukatsu Matsushima, University of Illinois professor...

 

Shuri Castle Festival: Iraha elected for role of new King, Ikeda as queen.

Shuri Castle Festival: Iraha elected for role of new King, Ikeda as queen.

September 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A contest to select the king and queen for the Shuri Castle Festival 2015 was held at a hotel in Naha. The Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park hosts this event annually.

Thirty-four-year-old Takahito Iraha was elected as the new king and twenty-one-year-old...

Dogs learn from owner to take garbage out

Dogs learn from owner to take garbage out

September 9, 2015 Mifuyu Hattori Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroshi Miyazato, the head of Ura district in Kunigami, has two dogs, 7-year-old Butch and three-year-old Charo. They are always with their owner Miyazato and his wife, and love to help their owners with work on the farm.

On...

Asia strategy committee submits initiative proposal, puts forth ideas for use of base land

Asia strategy committee submits initiative proposal, puts forth ideas for use of base land

September 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17, Chairman Moritake Tomikawa of the Okinawa East Asia Economic Strategy Initiative Development Committee, one of the main pillars of Governor Takeshi Onaga’s economic policy, presented the governor with a report detailing initiatives including...

Okinawa’s higher education institutions do not apply for MOD national security research funds

September 24, 2015 Tomoki Yasutomi of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense has announced its intention to grant research funds (with an annual maximum of 30,000,000 yen) as part of a system toward investigating the practicality of applying military technology to counter small drone and cyber...

Endangered Languages Summit in Okinawa to discuss 8 UNESCO-listed languages

Endangered Languages Summit in Okinawa to discuss 8 UNESCO-listed languages

September 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 18 at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum, an “Endangered Languages and Dialects Summit” was held. People concerned about the dying out of eight languages listed as endangered by UNESCO discussed how the languages could be passed down to...

Berkeley City Assembly resolves to oppose new base construction in Henoko

September 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington D.C.

In the evening of September 15, the City Assembly of Berkeley California unanimously resolved to oppose the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago, and promote...

Historical Highlights of Okinawa’s Hardships, Debating Base Issues at UN Symposium

Historical Highlights of Okinawa's Hardships, Debating Base Issues at UN Symposium

September 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Geneva

On the morning of September 21, the symposium Militarization and Human Rights Violations in Okinawa opened at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Governor Onaga spoke first at the symposium for...

Gov. Onaga gives speech at UN calling for stop to US Henoko base construction

Gov. Onaga gives speech at UN calling for stop to US Henoko base construction

September 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimp Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Geneva

On September 21, shortly after 5:00 p.m., Governor Takeshi Onaga gave a speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, speaking about the fact that Okinawans do not agree to the new base construction...

Okinawa Governor to make speech at UN as step to stop human rights violations

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will make speech at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland on September 21 and 22.

It will be the first time a prefectural governor from Japan has taken the stage. The speech is an opportunity for the governor to reveal the crises in Okinawa,...

Okinawa ranks No.1 in tourist satisfaction for seven consecutive years

Okinawa ranks No.1 in tourist satisfaction for seven consecutive years

September 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 7, the Jaran Research Center, a domestic tourism research institute operated by Recruit Life Style, released “The Jaran Travel Survey 2015.” Okinawa Prefecture has ranked the best in overall satisfaction level for seven years in...