Top News

Naha City makes Honolulu Mayor an Honorary Citizen

Naha City makes Honolulu Mayor an Honorary Citizen

November 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha City selected Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to be international goodwill honorary citizen on November 4.

Honolulu City in Hawaii, the United States, has a sister-city relationship with Naha City. At an award ceremony held at the City Council Main Meeting Hall, Mayor Caldwell stated, “this bond has been made through the effort of citizens of Naha City and Okinawan people living in Honolulu.” He said he hoped to further develop the friendship...

 

Editorial: Deployment of Tokyo riot police threatens human rights and must be stopped

November 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Unjustified oppression of non-violent protest activity is not acceptable. The government must put an immediate stop to excessive security measures threatening the human rights of citizens.

For the first time, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has...

Tokyo riot police join security at Camp Schwab; protester arrested in scuffle

Tokyo riot police join security at Camp Schwab; protester arrested in scuffle

November 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4, more than 100 riot police officers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department joined security in front of the Camp Schwab gate as the protest against relocating Futenma Air Station’s to Henoko intensifies. It is the first time a riot police...

Okinawa Governor rejects national government’s calls for a retraction of his withdrawal of base landfill approval

Okinawa Governor rejects national government’s calls for a retraction of his withdrawal of base landfill approval

November 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 6, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga sent a document to the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii, conveying his rejection of the national government’s recommendation that he retract his revocation of the landfill...

Gov. Onaga’s wife takes part in sit-in to protest new US base in Henoko

Gov. Onaga's wife takes part in sit-in to protest new US base in Henoko

November 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s wife Mikiko encouraged citizens who are maintaining a sit-in protest in front of the gate of Camp Schwab as part of efforts to block construction of new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago.

Mikiko visited Henoko...

Discarded dog becomes snake hunter

Discarded dog becomes snake hunter

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Discarded dog Hatchy is now famous as a habu snake hunter in Uruma. One day, the dog smelled the scent of a coiled poisonous Habu snake on the street and saved the owner Tsugumitsu Toma. Toma and Hatchy regularly take walks near Uruma City’s Katsuren office...

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An old procession from the days of Ryukyu dynasty was held in and around the Shuri-jo Castle Park on January 3, the last day of the 2015 Shuri Castle Festival.

About 250 people dressed in old traditional costumes, with two people playing the roles of king...

Nansei Sekiyu workers concerned over their future employment: seek assurances from company

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Employees of Nansei Sekiyu, which is led by CEO Lincoln Shiodiro Ishikawa and located in Nishihara, have shared their concerns over employment security from April 2016. The company has not shown any guarantee of employment support, including suggesting retirement...

Okinawa city celebrates population reaching 140000 people

Okinawa city celebrates population reaching 140000 people

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27, Okinawa city’s population reached 140,000 people. A ceremony to celebrate the milestone was held at Okinawa city municipal office on July 23. About 100 people, including residents, members of the city councils, City staff officers of and parents...

Construction of new base in Henoko constrained by prefectural ordinance concerning soil

November 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 1, an ordinance on invasive species within soil hauled from outside Okinawa was enforced for the land reclamation project in public waters. It requires the business operator to submit soil-and-sand transportation plans and take measures to ensure that...

Editorial: Now that Governor Onaga has filed an objection, the central government’s inconsistencies must be scrutinized

November 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism ordered a stay of execution of Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of the permit authorizing land reclamation in order to build a new base in Henoko as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air...