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Disappointment in Okinawa after unsuccessful Taiwan-Japan fishery talks

Disappointment in Okinawa after unsuccessful Taiwan-Japan fishery talks

March 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taiwan-Japan Fishery Talks were held from March 2 to 4. At the meeting, officials decided that the 2016 Bluefin Tuna Fishing Season Fishing Rule (April to July quarter) will adhere to the 15-year rule, in accordance with the Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement. The meeting focused mostly on the contact systems and recovery process when retrieving fishing equipment drifting outside the designated zones, suggested by Taiwan. The Taiwanese side steered the meeting,...

 

32 whales blow seawater – whale-watching season at peak in Zamami

32 whales blow seawater – whale-watching season at peak in Zamami

March 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Whale-watching tours in the sea around Zamami Island have reached their season peak. On March 2, thirty-two whales were confirmed near the island. And tourists enjoyed seeing whales lift their heads above the sea surface and blow seawater.

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National government orders Okinawa to reinstate permit, Okinawa to file objection with dispute committee

March 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 8, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii sent Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga an official order to revoke his nullification of the Henoko land reclamation permit. The permit is needed to implement the relocation of U.S. Marine...

Okinawan municipalities conduct Japanese language assistance for students with foreign citizenship

March 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 3, Ryukyu Shimpo found that 18 municipalities in Okinawa implemented programs of Japanese language assistance and guidance to public school students who have foreign citizenship, foreign parents, and roots overseas. The results came from a survey of 41 municipalities...

Memorial monument of “Pigs from the Sea” conveys bond between Okinawa and Hawaii

Memorial monument of “Pigs from the Sea” conveys bond between Okinawa and Hawaii

March 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A memorial monument was built in the property of the former Uruma Citizens’ Art Theatre in order to commemorate a historical event in which Okinawans in Hawaii sent 550 pigs to Okinawa, in an attempt to aid people suffering food shortages in the post-WWII period....

American scientist visits Henoko to support protesters

American scientist visits Henoko to support protesters

March 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Gregory Kulacki, a senior analyst and the China Project manager for the Global Security Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), took part on March 3 in a protest rally in front of Camp Schwab against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base.

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Mayor Inamine resolves to continue efforts blocking Henoko relocation

Mayor Inamine resolves to continue efforts blocking Henoko relocation

March 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a regular meeting of the Nago City Council on March 2, Mayor Susumu Inamine declared his administrative policies for 2016. He said that no matter what happens, he resolves to make continued efforts to block relocation of Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago. In...

Protesters vow to pressure Japanese government to give up Henoko relocation

Protesters vow to pressure Japanese government to give up Henoko relocation

March 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of March 5, over 80 people staged a sit-in protest and rally in front of Camp Schwab. Just one day before the rally, the government of Japan and the prefectural government of Okinawa reached a settlement for lawsuits filed over the plan to move U.S....

Prime minister accepts Henoko settlement, will suspend land reclamation work

March 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 1 p.m. on March 4, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his intention to accept the court’s proposed settlement in the lawsuit his government brought against the Okinawa prefectural government over reclaiming land in Henoko, Nago as part of the relocation of...

Nago Mayor Inamine reflects on his court testimony

Nago Mayor Inamine reflects on his court testimony

March 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 29, Nago Mayor Susume Inamine gave witness testimony in the trial between the Japanese government and Okinawa prefectural government over the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. In a press conference held on March 1, Inamine commented,...

All Okinawa Kaigi holds rally to support Okinawa in court battle with Japan

All Okinawa Kaigi holds rally to support Okinawa in court battle with Japan

March 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The fifth hearing in the trial brought by the Japanese government against the Okinawa prefectural government over the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma was held at the Naha branch of the...