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Henoko fund set up to help block construction of new US base

Henoko fund set up to help block construction of new US base

April 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A new fund has been established to prevent the construction of a new U.S. base in northern Okinawa. The governments of Japan and the United States are planning to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station from Futenma in Ginowan to a new base in Nago. The “Henoko fund” was set up on April 9 by businesspeople and members of the Prefectural Assembly’s ruling parties. They aim to raise several hundred million yen from supporters both inside and outside Okinawa....

 

US Defense Secretary stresses importance of realignment of US forces in Japan, including Henoko relocation

US Defense Secretary stresses importance of realignment of US forces in Japan, including Henoko relocation

April 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. Defense Secretary has reiterated his support for relocating Futenma base to Henoko. Ashton Carter made the comments during a meeting with Defense Minister Gen Nakatani in Tokyo on April 8.

Nakatani began the meeting by saying, “The Japanese...

Employees of Kanehide Holdings take part in sit-in at Camp Schwab gate

Employees of Kanehide Holdings take part in sit-in at Camp Schwab gate

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 130 people from the Okinawa company Kanehide Holdings, including the chairman Morimasa Goya, have taken part in a protest against ongoing construction work at Camp Schwab in Henoko. Company executives along with new employees joined demonstrators outside the...

Reddish-brown moon appears during total eclipse

Reddish-brown moon appears during total eclipse

April 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s stargazers had a frustrating night on April 4 when clouds largely obscured the much anticipated lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth, moon and sun are aligned together, with the earth in the middle. The light from the sun is deflected...

OPG publishes book to help elementary and junior high students learn Shimakutuba

OPG publishes book to help elementary and junior high students learn Shimakutuba

April 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has for the first time published a booklet to help elementary and junior high students learn Shimakutuba – the local dialects of Okinawa. The booklets are designed for fifth-grade elementary school students and second-grade...

Tomb Sweeping Festival held to wish for prosperity

Tomb Sweeping Festival held to wish for prosperity

April 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Tomb Sweeping Festival called shimi started in various places in Okinawa on April 5. Many families visited the graveyards of their ancestors. At the Shikina-en in Naha, people offered various foods, including fruits and sweets to their ancestors. They reported...

Intellectuals including Nobel Prize winner release statement calling for stop new US base

Intellectuals including Nobel Prize winner release statement calling for stop new US base

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, 22 Japanese intellectuals, including Kenichi Miyamoto, emeritus professor at Osaka City University and the Nobel Prize winner, novelist Kenzaburo Oe, released a statement seeking an immediate stop to the reclamation work at Henoko, Nago. The governments...

Shimagurumikaigi to set up fund to block the new US base at Henoko

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Island-Wide Council (Shimagurumikaigi) is to set up a fund as part of its campaign against the new U.S. base in Henoko. The money will be used to spread the message that public opinion in Okinawa opposes the Henoko relocation. The fund will help raise awareness...

Third-generation Okinawan Hawaiian delighted to meet his relatives

Third-generation Okinawan Hawaiian delighted to meet his relatives

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A third generation Okinawan from Hawaii has been getting to know his local relatives. Chris Chitose China met his second cousin 73-year-old Sadao for the first time in Yomitan on March 28. Chris’s grandfather and Sadao’s grandfather were brothers.

Chris...

Sit-in protest on Henoko beach marks 4000 days

Sit-in protest on Henoko beach marks 4000 days

April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, citizens of a sit-in protest on Henoko beach marked 4,000 days since the sit-in began in 2004. It will mark the 11th anniversary on April 19. The protest began in response to a Japanese government marine boring survey, in preparation for the construction...

84 people including Diet members gather at Camp Schwab gate to protest against the construction of a new base

84 people including Diet members gather at Camp Schwab gate to protest against the construction of a new base

April 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A protest by 84 people, including members of Japan’s national parliament, took place in front of the gate at U.S. Marine Camp Schwab on April 4. The protesters called for a halt to the construction of a new base. The demonstration was organized by the Committee...