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Flight between Naha and Seoul to start in May

April 5 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Korean Air Lines announced on April 4 that it will start a round trip between Naha and Seoul from May 5. The airline will operate one flight per day. It will be the first time Korean Air Lines has operated a regular flight between Okinawa and Korea. A Boeing 777 containing 248 seats will be used. The flight from Seoul to Naha will be at 3:30 p.m., and the return flight from Naha to Seoul will be at 7:05 p.m.

Using Incheon International Airport as a hub,...

 

Citizens call for removal of Futenma base 20 years after Japan and US agreed to close it

Citizens call for removal of Futenma base 20 years after Japan and US agreed to close it

April 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 10, at a park in Oyama, Ginowan, near Futenma U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, citizen groups rallied for the removal of the base fence and the return of military land. Two decades have passed since the governments of Japan and the United States agreed to...

ODB withdraws document for GSDF deployment to Miyako Island over groundwater issue

April 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the end of last year a letter of intent (LOI) for the plan for deployment of the Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) to Miyako Island was delivered to the island’s local government by the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB). The LOI must be agreed upon prior to execution...

Seven hundred protest Medoruma arrest, continued oppression

Seven hundred protest Medoruma arrest, continued oppression

April 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 6, an Okinawan group opposing military base relocation within Okinawa organized an urgent protest rally held in front of the gate to U.S. Camp Foster in Kitanakagusuku. According to the organizers, 700 people joined the rally, where they raised their voices...

Yomitan villagers pray for eternal peace 71 years after US forces landed

Yomitan villagers pray for eternal peace   71 years after US forces landed

April 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, 1945, 71 years ago, U.S. forces landed on the beach of Yomitan Village. On a radio program in the afternoon, Mayor Denjitsu Ishimine called for residents to remember the lessons of war: “We should not forget the day, April 1, and we would like to pray...

Citizens see US soldier holding gun along roadside in Kunigami

Citizens see US soldier holding gun along roadside in Kunigami

March 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pedestrians witnessed a US soldier pointing a gun during training near the roadside around landing zone 4 in Aha, Kunigami village around 5:30 p.m. on March 20. The road leads to the village’s environmental education center, “Yanbaru Manabi no Mori,” and...

Okinawan Nisei Ono Immersed in Ryukyu Performing Arts

Okinawan Nisei Ono Immersed in Ryukyu Performing Arts

April 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sadao Tome

Sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, exchange student 25-year-old Amy Ono studied at the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts for one year. She is an Okinawan Nisei (second-generation immigrant), born in Los Angeles. Her study...

Movie version of novel Cocktail Party more than 10 years in the making

Movie version of novel Cocktail Party more than 10 years in the making

April 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the United States, film director Reggie Life has made a movie version of author Tatsuhiro Oshiro’s 1965 novel Cocktail Party, the first literary work from Okinawa to win the Akutagawa Prize in 1967.

In 1995, Oshiro made a play version of the book set...

Medoruma’s arrest: suppression of the opposition movement must not be tolerated

April 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The detention of Shun Medoruma was an act of illegitimate confinement on the part of the United States military with the aim of using brute force to suppress freedom of thought, belief, and expression. We must not tolerate pressure that antagonizes Okinawan opposition...

Agu pork from Okinawa to be sold in Singapore for the first time

Agu pork from Okinawa to be sold in Singapore for the first time

March 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kin Agu Corporation shipped its first Okinawan agu pork to Singapore. Meat products totaling 456 kg per month will be sold at local high class restaurants and stores. According to the prefecture, this will be the first import of Okinawan agu to Singapore.

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Awamori shipments declining for 11 consecutive years

March 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 29, the Okinawa Distillers Association announced figures of shipments of Awamori for the fiscal year of 2015. The total of shipments was 19,247 kiloliters, down 3.9% on the previous year, and the first figure under 20,000 kiloliters in 16 years. Shipments...