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International scholars and peace advocates support Okinawan struggle to oppose the Henoko landfill

International scholars and peace advocates support Okinawan struggle to oppose the Henoko landfill

January 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 8, leading scholars, peace advocates and artists from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia released a statement opposing the construction of a new US military base within Okinawa. The statement urges, “support the people of Okinawa in their struggle for peace, dignity, human rights and protection of the environment.” It calls for the plan to relocate the Futenma base to Henoko to be canceled and to return the base immediately...

 

Kinkomokuzetsu: Enlisting the power of water

January 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

If I am asked, “What’s your favorite drink?” without hesitation I will answer “awamori.” A cold beer after a bath is also hard to resist, but a glass of cold water the morning after drinking a little too much tastes every bit as good.
In...

World Natural Heritage – Yambaru and Iriomote to go on World Natural Heritage prospective list

December 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 26, the 3rd Amami Ryukyu World Natural Heritage Candidate Scientific Committee met at a hotel in Naha. The committee announced that it has chosen Amami, Tokunoshima, Iriomote Island and the northern municipalities of Kunigami, Ogimi and Higashi as...

Walking tour around scene of Koza riot to learn about nonviolence

Walking tour around scene of Koza riot to learn about nonviolence

December 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 20, the tour guide group that tells tourists about Okinawa City’s historical and cultural attractions walked around the Goya Crossroads where the Koza Riot occurred in 1970. Led by Soko Furugen, the leader of the group that keeps records on the...

3,000 people commemorate 60th anniversary of Amami reversion

3,000 people commemorate 60th anniversary of Amami reversion

December 26, 2013 Yoshiki Nagahama of Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 25, the Amami City Memorial Event Executive Committee commemorated the 60th anniversary of the reversion of the Amami Islands to Japanese administration. There were speeches by youth groups from each region and performances by...

Sugar production season kicks off in Okinawa

Sugar production season kicks off in Okinawa

December 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On Miyako-jima, the largest sugar production area in Okinawa, the Miyako Sugar Production Irabu Factory started operation on December 25.

On the main island of Okinawa, the Iriomote Sugar Production Company that owns a factory in Iriomote-jima in Taketomi,...

10 sets of human remains unearthed in Japanese Army fortified shelter in Urasoe

10 sets of human remains unearthed in Japanese Army fortified shelter in Urasoe

December 29, 2013 Yoshiki Nagahama of Ryukyu Shimpo

A volunteer collecting remains of war dead unearthed ten sets of human remains in an Imperial Japanese Army shelter in the Maeda district of Urasoe on December 28.

Nine of them had teeth, creating the possibility for the researchers...

US Futenma base relocation issue: Growing protest against Governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

US Futenma base relocation issue: Growing protest against Governor's approval of Henoko landfill

December 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 28, peace groups and four opposition parties of the Prefectural Assembly held a protest rally against Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of the Henoko landfill. More than 700 people took part in the rally held in the square of the Prefectural...

[Editorial]Okinawa Governor Nakaima should resign for betraying the Okinawan people by approving the Henoko landfill

December 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima has approved land reclamation work in the Henoko district of Nago in preparation for moving U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. With this he has effectively reneged on his pledge to move the base outside Okinawa.

This...

Okinawan player comes second in World Harmonica Festival

Okinawan player comes second in World Harmonica Festival

December 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chromatic Harmonica player Sachito Higa, 28, won second place at the category of solo chromatic with a set piece in the World Harmonica Festival 2013 in Germany.
Held once every four years, the festival is the world’s top international contest for harmonica...

Shipping volume of kariyushi shirts exceeds 400,000

Shipping volume of <em>kariyushi</em> shirts exceeds 400,000

December 20, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The annual production volume of kariyushi shirts has exceeded 400,000 items for the first time. According to the Okinawa Clothing Sewing and Manufacturing Industrial Association, the volume of these shirts shipped from January to November 2013 totaled...