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Okinawa Prefectural Assembly asks for cancellation of new US base in Henoko

December 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 24 Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed a resolution and written opinion asking for the cancellation of construction of a new US base in Henoko, Nago. They were passed with a majority made up of the ruling party and Komei party members. The resolution and written opinion were submitted by the ruling party. The governments of Japan and the United States are carrying out construction work as part of a relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air...

 

Okinawa branch of the Japan High School Baseball Federation supports Tanzania with baseball gear donation

Okinawa branch of the Japan High School Baseball Federation supports Tanzania with baseball gear donation

December 23, 204 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taku Uehara, teacher of Gushikawa Commercial High School, is promoting baseball in Zanzibar, Tanzania. To support Uehara, Okinawa branch of the Japan High School Baseball Federation will send baseball gear collected from the member schools and individuals, to...

Sit-in protesters sing gospel to oppose the construction of a new U.S military base in Henoko

Sit-in protesters sing gospel to oppose the construction of a new U.S military base in Henoko

December 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The governments of Japan and the United States plan to build a new offshore air base in Henoko, Nago as a replacement for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. On the morning of December 25, about 100 citizens gathered and staged a sit-in protest against the...

Higashi Mayor to block US helipad construction vehicles from passing through village

December 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Higashi Village Mayor Seikyu Iju said at the village assembly, “I have strongly requested that Okinawa Defense Bureau not let its construction trucks go through the village. I will block them physically.” The defense bureau plans to...

Humpback whale appears in waters near Zamami Island

Humpback whale appears in waters near Zamami Island

December 24, 2014 Hirokazu Otsubo correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, a humpback whale was sighted swimming in waters about 6 km northwest of Zamami Island. While the whale swam slowly, it occasionally slammed the surface of the water with its tail fin and splashed the water.

At...

Nuchi-du-Takara-no-Ie celebrates 30th anniversary

Nuchi-du-Takara-no-Ie celebrates 30th anniversary

December 17, 2014 Hiroe Nakagawa, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 8, the Anti-War Peace Museum in Higashiemae, Ie Village “Nuchi-du-Takara-no-Ie,” celebrated the 30th anniversary of its opening. The museum marked the occasion by holding a screening of video records and...

National Theater Okinawa introduce cultures from Miyako and Korea for its 10th anniversary

National Theater Okinawa introduce cultures from Miyako and Korea for its 10th anniversary

December 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Theater Okinawa held its 10th anniversary special performance “Sacred Songs from Miyako and Chindo Ssit-kkim-gut from Korea” and introduced contrasting folk cultures. While Miyako’s sacred songs are simply performed only...

Governor Onaga to set up investigation team on former governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

Governor Onaga to set up investigation team on former governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

December 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga gave an interview to media outlets at the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) Office building on December 22. Onaga said he would set up a team to look into the Henoko landfill approval by former Governor Hirokazu Nakaima. The...

Human bones dating back 9,000 years found at Sakitari Cave

Human bones dating back 9,000 years found at Sakitari Cave

December 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 11, an official from the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art museum announced that they had found human bones dating back over 9,000 years at Sakitari Cave, located in the Valley of Gangala, Maekawa in Tamagusuku, Nanjo.

The bones were found...

PTSD from Battle of Okinawa: sharing pain will help patients heal

PTSD from Battle of Okinawa:  sharing pain will help patients heal

December 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An open lecture titled, “Exploring the emotional wounds of the Battle of Okinawa” was held on December 13 in Nishihara Town. A woman who experienced the Battle of Okinawa and has suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms for many...

Record 6,507,000 tourists visit Okinawa in the calendar year of 2014

December 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced the number of tourist visitations to Okinawa from January to November 2014. The number was 6,507,000, a new yearly record, exceeding 6,413,700 in the calendar year of 2013(from January to December...