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High school students from across Japan visit Henoko to oppose new base construction

High school students from across Japan visit Henoko to oppose new base construction

December 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

From early morning on December 27, citizens staged a sit-in to protest against the plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district in Nago. In a nationwide peace protest rally project, 70 people, including 40 high school students and retired teachers from 12 prefectural and city governments, including Tokyo and Nagasaki, visited the U.S. Marine Camp Schwab’s gate. They deepened their understanding of the base issues of Okinawa...

 

Fantastic tunnel of lights, New Year eve concert in Tomigusuku

Fantastic tunnel of lights, New Year eve concert in Tomigusuku

December 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tomigusuku Tourism Association started an event called the Illuminated Garden of Lights at Toyosaki Kaihin Park on December 12. The garden is illuminated from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The entrance fee for adults is 300 yen and it is free for junior high school students...

Toshiko Kinjo looking for her sister separated in Saipan during war

Toshiko Kinjo looking for her sister separated in Saipan during war

December 25, 2015 Takahiro Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo,

Eighty-one-year-old WWII survivor Toshiko Kinjo is looking for her younger sister who was separated from her at an internment camp in Saipan in 1944. Kinjo is a director of a preschool in Nishihara Town, and her sister, Etsuko, was one year...

City of Cambridge, MA second in US to pass resolution opposing Henoko base

December 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 21, the city council of Cambridge, Massachusetts in the northeastern United States passed a resolution opposing the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. It was the second such...

70 American intellectuals publicly criticize Ambassador Kennedy’s stand on Henoko relocation plan

December 24, Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington, DC

Seventy American intellectuals, including film director Oliver Stone and linguist Noam Chomsky, issued a public statement on December 22 criticizing U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy for her comments on December 17...

Two elephants from Fukushima return to Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Two elephants from Fukushima return to Okinawa Zoo and Museum

December 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Tonsai and Boonthong, Asian elephants from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima Prefecture, were showcased at Okinawa Zoo and Museum. They became Okinawa-Fukushima Friendship Elephants last year and came to Okinawa to spend the winter season.

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Low-frequency noise from CH-53 helicopters exceeds assessment standards at NIT, Okinawa College

December 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 21, Takeshi Tokashiki, Associate Professor at the University of the Ryukyus, presented the results of a low-frequency noise survey conducted at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Okinawa College in Henoko, Nago. The survey measured the impact...

Intellectuals oppose arguments that bases in Okinawa are indispensable

Intellectuals oppose arguments that bases in Okinawa are indispensable

December 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Ginowan Citizen’s Hall on December 18 the New Diplomacy Initiative held a symposium called “Considering Okinawa’s Future from Ginowan,” concerning the issues of bases, economics, and local autonomy. Participants exchanged opinions on the methods of...

Prefectural assemblies nationwide tackle Okinawa base issue

December 22, 2015 Ryuyku Shimpo

The Japanese national government sued the Okinawa prefectural government in an attempt to override the prefecture’s authority and conduct proxy approval of the land reclamation permit needed for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko....

Veterans for Peace members call for collaboration with Hawaiians of Okinawa descent to stop base construction

Veterans for Peace members call for collaboration with Hawaiians of Okinawa descent to stop base construction

December 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of December 15, a symposium featuring members of the U.S. peace organization Veterans for Peace (VFP) was held at the Okinawa Co-educational Participation Center “Tiruru” in Naha. At the symposium, former U.S. military service members and Okinawans...

Bringing happiness? Stork observed in Nakijin

Bringing happiness? Stork observed in Nakijin

December 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A stork was observed in Nakijin village on December 14. The bird is known as a special national treasure. According to a 53-year-old manager of the Yagaji national game reserve, Yutaka Toguchi, it is not common to see the species on Okinawa Island although the...