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Noam Chomsky criticizes Japan-US policy on relocating the Futenma base within Okinawa

Noam Chomsky criticizes Japan-US policy on relocating the Futenma base within Okinawa

April 22, 2013 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo

Noam Chomsky, a linguistics professor who is one of the most outspoken critics of U.S. foreign policy, which he characterizes as hegemonic, gave an interview with the Ryukyu Shimpo on the U.S. military issue in Okinawa. He criticized the governments of Japan and United States for trying to forcibly relocate the functions of the Futenma base to Henoko in Nago, saying, “It shouldn’t be moved elsewhere in Okinawa either. The people of Okinawa,...

 

OPG asks government to correct land reclamation application

April 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 12, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) asked the Okinawa Defense Bureau to make corrections to the written application that the central government has submitted to the Governor of Okinawa. This is part of the process for seeking approval for the landfill...

Ryan Fisher comes out top in the Ishigaki Triathlon World Cup

Ryan Fisher comes out top in the Ishigaki Triathlon World Cup

April 15, 2013 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo
 
The Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup 2013 and Ishigaki Triathlon 2013 were held on Ishigaki Island on April 14. The two events were co-organized by Ishigaki City, the Triathlon Union, Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Television Broadcasting Co.,...

Government will not appeal against the ruling on the death of SDF member from Okinawa

Government will not appeal against the ruling on the death of SDF member from Okinawa

April 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The plaintiffs won approximately 65 million yen in a lawsuit concerning the death of 20 year-old Okinawan Eikichi Shimabukuro, a private first-class in the Self Defense Force, who was killed in 2006 in hand-to-hand combat training at Camp Makomanai in Sapporo, Hokkaido....

Junior high school teacher returns to Iriomote after eight years

Junior high school teacher returns to Iriomote after eight years

April 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

“I’m back at last,” said Shoko Kimura, who had been hoping to work on Iriomote Island. This was where she was first assigned as a fledgling junior high school teacher and on April 1, after a gap of eight years, she arrived at her post at Iriomote Junior...

Third generation Okinawan descendant donates CDs to Peace Memorial Museum

Third generation Okinawan descendant donates CDs to Peace Memorial Museum

April 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 9, Derek Ichiro Shiroma, a third-generation Okinawan descendant who teaches sanshin in Hawaii, donated 100 CDs of his original song Uchinanchu nu chimugukuru to the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum. At the Memorial Park, he also gave a...

Okinawa fishermen protest to the Government over agreement with Taiwan on fishing rights

Okinawa fishermen protest to the Government over agreement with Taiwan on fishing rights

April 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 12, after Japan and Taiwan had signed a fishing agreement, delegation members from Okinawa, including Okinawa Vice-Governor Kurayoshi Takara, Shinko Kuniyoshi, the chairman of Okinawa Prefecture Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations, and Hiroshi...

As many as 60877 Japanese travelers go abroad from Naha Airport in 2012

As many as 60877 Japanese travelers go abroad from Naha Airport in 2012

April 10, 2013 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the Ministry of Justice, the total number of Japanese nationals going abroad from Naha Airport in 2012 was 60877, the highest total since 2006. With a number of new international routes opening in 2012, it can be said that demand for foreign...

Gishi publishes Uchinaguchi version of Soseki’s I am a Cat

Gishi publishes <em>Uchinaguchi</em> version of Soseki’s <em>I am a Cat</em>

April 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masanobu Gishi, a 67 year-old resident of Okinawa City, has published an Uchinaguchi (Okinawan dialect) version of Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume’s work Wan ne maya du yaru, or Wagahai wa neko de aru in Japanese, and I am a...

Rich biogeocenosis located 100 meters offshore from Camp Schwab

Rich biogeocenosis located 100 meters offshore from Camp Schwab

April 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 8 and 9, staff of the Ryukyu Shimpo took underwater photographs in the area of Oura Bay where the U.S. military plans to construct the alternative facility for Futenma Air Station. The Oura River provides nutrients to help cultivate a rich biogeocenosis...

Okinawa Kenjinkai members enjoy annual events in Tucson, Arizona

Okinawa Kenjinkai members enjoy annual events in Tucson, Arizona

April 1, 2013 Tamiko Suzuki, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Located in the southeast of Arizona, the state’s second largest city of Tucson is a resort city surrounded by mountains. This silver and bronze-producing region has developed as a center of the electrical industry. Tucson is also...