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Johan Galtung, ‘the father of peace studies’, says prime minister misused the term “proactive peace”

Johan Galtung, ‘the father of peace studies’, says prime minister misused the term “proactive peace”

August 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 22, Johan Galtung, world-renowned as ‘the father of peace studies’, came to Okinawa to speak at a symposium at Urasoe’s Tedako Hall, hosted by the Ryukyu Shimpo and New Diplomacy Initiative, titled, “70 Years After World War II, Galtung Speaks on Proactive Peace and Okinawa.” Prior to the symposium, Galtung visited Henoko, Nago, where the construction of a new military base is in progress. There, he criticized the Japanese government’s...

 

Children from different countries interact in Okinawa

Children from different countries interact in Okinawa

August 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An event aimed at promoting interaction between children of different countries through nature experiences was held over five nights and six days from August 17 in the Ada district of Kunigami. On August 20, sports events were held at Ada Elementary School in the...

Overseas intellectuals publish statement urging Governor Onaga to revoke his predecessor’s approval of Henoko landfill

August 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington D.C.

Seventy-four prominent intellectuals from the United States, Australia and other countries published a joint statement urging Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga to cancel his predecessor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval...

Religious parties unite to oppose Abe’s controversial security bills

Religious parties unite to oppose Abe's controversial security bills

August 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 19, Christians, Buddhists, Kaminchu or Okinawan shaman and other religious people in Okinawa announced a joint statement against new security laws. “The Joint Objection Statement against Security-Related Laws” has been supported by three hundred...

Okinawa Prefectural Fisheries Cooperative leaders protest U.S. military helicopter crash

Okinawa Prefectural Fisheries Cooperative leaders protest U.S. military helicopter crash

August 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12, a U.S. Army Special Operations MH-60M Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a U.S. Navy cargo vessel off the shore of Uruma City. In response, on August18, the presidents of 36 regional fisheries cooperatives making up the Okinawa Prefectural Fisheries...

Container cargo handled at Naha Port reaches record high of 3.92 million tons

Container cargo handled at Naha Port reaches record high of 3.92 million tons

August 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to a preliminary estimate from the 2014 Naha Port Statistics compiled by the Naha Port Administration Management Union and released on August 19, container cargo handled at Naha Port has reached a record high of 3.927 million tons, up 3.4 percent from...

Okinawa tourism and Culture Festa in Motobu

Okinawa tourism and Culture Festa in Motobu

August 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 8th Motobu Tourism and Culture Festa, which is a popular evening event for tourism in Motobu Town, was held at a multidisciplinary events square (bull ring) on the night of August 22. Many visitors, including tourists and local people visited the event. They...

Okinawa Churashima Foundation wins top honour at Kuala Lumpur Orchid & Bonsai Show

Okinawa Churashima Foundation wins top honour at Kuala Lumpur Orchid & Bonsai Show

August 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Churashima Foundation’s won the top honour in the display section at the Kuala Lumpur Orchid & Bonsai Show 2015. With an Okinawa-themed display, the foundation impressed judges of the International Display first prize (Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s...

UN special rapporteur meets Okinawa Governor: Okinawa a case of discrimination

UN special rapporteur meets Okinawa Governor: Okinawa a case of discrimination

August 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

United Nations Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli Corpuz, who reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly UNGA, met Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Office around 9 a.m. on August 17. Corpuz said that she views...

Three Ryukyu brown hawk owl babies found in Nago castle

Three Ryukyu brown hawk owl babies found in Nago castle

August 5, 2015 Mitsuo Kochi Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Three Ryukyu brown hawk owls born in a Nago Castle forest have taken off from their nest. The nest was submerged in the quiet and dark forest. People started to see baby owls from the beginning of July and heard them sing “chi-li-li-li”,...

Shinugu animistic festival held for a good crop and perfect health

Shinugu animistic festival held for a good crop and perfect health

August 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinugu, which is designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset of Japan, was held in Ada, Kunigami Village on the afternoon of August 15. In the fitful rain, local men crowned with grassy headwear and covered with leaves climbed up a mountain to become...