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2,200 people mark 45th anniversary of reversion by holding rally to call for an Okinawa without military bases

2,200 people mark 45th anniversary of reversion by holding rally to call for an Okinawa without military bases

May 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Okinawa reached the milestone of 45 years of reversion to Japan from U.S. occupation.
 
Okinawans have aspired to make their islands free of military bases, but have still not realized their dream.

The Japanese government is forcibly constructing a new base in Henoko, Nago, as a part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan.

On May 14, the day before marking the 45th anniversary of reversion,...

 

Editorial: Increasing support from the international community at the UNPFII

April 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) being held at the United Nations headquarters, a representative for the Asia region prepared a statement indicating that the construction of a new base in Okinawa is being pushed...

UN forum Asia delegates declare Japan ignores Okinawans’ indigenous rights in building new base

UN forum Asia delegates declare Japan ignores Okinawans’ indigenous rights in building new base

April 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reporting

On the morning on April 25 (local time), the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York held a meeting between the UN General...

What the actor Shogen wants to tell the world about Okinawa with his movie, “Kokoro, Odoru”

What the actor Shogen wants to tell the world about Okinawa with his movie, “Kokoro, Odoru”

May 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hiroko Sato

“’We want to send a message to the world from Okinawa.’ The movie was created by a group with this mindset.”
Okinawan-born actor Shogen’s face may have imposing, lofty features, but in an instant it can change into a warm smile....

Bird Week: protecting young ones with parental love

Bird Week: protecting young ones with parental love

May 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Bird Week began on May 10. Many wild birds can be seen resting by the “Triangle Pond” in Yone, Tomigusuku City. On May 8, bystanders witnessed a pair of waterhens drive back a grey heron for approaching their nest. Also on May 8 at Ryutan located in Shurimawashi...

500 people enjoyed goat fighting on Sesoko-jima

500 people enjoyed goat fighting on Sesoko-jima

May 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4, at the Nakata Shokai in Sesoko, Motobu, goat fighting, or pijaorasai was held. Approximately 500 people from the town and visitors gathered and watched goat-fighting as they enjoyed goat sashimi and goat soup.

Twenty goats from Motobu Town and Nago...

Tarama Island hosts Stuupunaka festival and prays for good harvest

Tarama Island hosts Stuupunaka festival and prays for good harvest

May 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tarama Island’s traditional event “Stuupunaka festival” was held on May 5 and 6, with locals gathering to give thanks for the year of good harvest and pray for community prosperity.

The dawn prayer began from the night of May 5, when elders sang...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly adopts protest resolution on stray bullet at Camp Hansen and parachute drop training in Kadena Base

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly adopts protest resolution on stray bullet at Camp Hansen and parachute drop training in Kadena Base

May 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held an extraordinary plenary session on May 2, and unanimously passed a protest resolution and an opinion letter asking for an investigation into the cause of the alleged stray bullet incident and prevention of a recurrence. At the...

Commentary – Okinawa public opinion poll on the 45th anniversary of the Okinawa Reversion Agreement focused on bases, casts shadow on Okinawans

May 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takumi Takimoto

As we look towards the 45th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, while approval ratings of the reversion in a recent public opinion poll of Okinawan residents remain high, they are at their lowest point since similar questions began...

Okinawa poll reveals more than 74 percent oppose Henoko relocation, 70 percent consider base concentration “unjust”

May 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 8, ahead of the 45th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty on May 15, Ryukyu Shimpo finished conducting an Okinawa prefectural public opinion poll by telephone. Out of the respondents, those that said the reversion was either “very good”...

Use of beets lands Okinawan gelato second place in Gelato World Cup

Use of beets lands Okinawan gelato second place in Gelato World Cup

February 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 24, Katsuya Yonemori, a 21-year-old from Tomigusuku City because the first Japanese to win second place in the freestyle category of the SIGEP 2017 Gelato World Cup. About 150 people from around the world competed in this category. Despite having only...