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MOD reveals that Japan’s Self-Defense Forces conducted drills 13 times in the NTA

 

August 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 22 the Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced that it is moving preparations forward on a written report for submission to the Okinawa prefectural government and other local municipalities.

The report will include the use history of more than half of the U.S Northern Training Area (NTA) that was returned to Okinawa last year.

At the same time, the MOD’s representative disclosed that Japan’s Self-Defense Forces...

 

Yomitan to establish Japan’s first village-level public archive

 

August 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Yomitan) Yomitan Village in Okinawa Prefecture plans to open a public archive, which will be the first village-established public archive in the country.

The village aims to begin the detailed design phase for the archive in...

Mayor Inamine declares he will run in the upcoming Nago City mayoral election

Mayor Inamine declares he will run in the upcoming Nago City mayoral election

 

August 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

In preparation for the Okinawa Prefecture Nago City Mayoral Election next year on February 4, the current Nago City Mayor Susumi Inamine, 72, held a press conference on August 23 at the Nago City Labor Welfare Center...

Research Association published an open letter to Kyoto University

 

August 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 23, Professor Yasukatsu Matsushima, representing the Research Association for the Repatriation of Ryukyu Remains, published an open letter to Kyoto University regarding the holding of Ryukyuan remains.

The remains of...

Okinawa assembly adopts protest resolution in response to Osprey crash in Australia, demanding withdrawal of aircraft and U.S. Marines

Okinawa assembly adopts protest resolution in response to Osprey crash in Australia, demanding withdrawal of aircraft and U.S. Marines

 

August 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In the wake of an MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft crashing off the coast of Australia, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed a protest resolution and a written opinion demanding the withdrawal of the aircraft...

APALA adopts resolution against military expansion in Okinawa at 2017 Anaheim convention

APALA adopts resolution against military expansion in Okinawa at 2017 Anaheim convention

 

August 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reporting

 

On August 19 the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) held the general session of its 25th Anniversary Convention in Anaheim, California. There, APALA adopted...

Yoshimatsu Higa continues traditional cultivation and production of Ryukyu Dye into its 3rd generation

Yoshimatsu Higa continues traditional cultivation and production of Ryukyu Dye into its 3rd generation

 

August 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Hiroshi Uema

 

Motobu – Ryukyu-ai (Ryukyu indigo) is a plant that has been cultivated in Okinawa as the base material for unbeatable indigo dyes since ancient times.

The Higa Ryukyu-ai Factory (Yoshimatsu...

US federal appeals court reinstates Okinawa dugong lawsuit, plaintiffs’ argument partly supported

August 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 21 (local time), the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed the lower court’s decision in the Okinawa dugong lawsuit in which Okinawan community members and American and Japanese conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department...

After 2-plus-2 Conference, How long will Japan continue to be subservient?

 

August 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It may be obvious, but the relationship between Japan and the U.S. is not equal; the imbalanced power relationship continues.

This once again became clear at the joint presentation and press conference for the “2-plus-2” ministerial...

Okinawa Karate Information Center operating website in multiple languages

Okinawa Karate Information Center operating website in multiple languages

August 20 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Karate Information Center has started a website in multiple languages.

The center was set up in the Okinawa Karate Hall in Tomigusuku City to make it known both at home and abroad that Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate, and to...

Ryukyu Kasuri Cooperative wins the Pola Traditional Culture Award

Ryukyu Kasuri Cooperative wins the Pola Traditional Culture Award

August 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The 37th Pola Traditional Culture Award has chosen prize winners among individuals and groups contributing to the succession and promotion of traditional culture.

The Ryukyu Kasuri Business Cooperative, which has contributed to the preservation...