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Governor Onaga travels to US to call for a stop to Henoko construction

Governor Onaga travels to US to call for a stop to Henoko construction

February 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington D.C.

On the afternoon of January 31, Governor Takeshi Onaga began his action in Washington D.C. to convey Okinawa’s opposition to the construction of a new base as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago, and to call for the plan to be changed. On January 31, Governor Onaga met with Congress members and their staffers, and with researchers specializing in Japan at the Congressional...

 

Above-sea fence at Henoko almost finished, protesters removed by riot police

Above-sea fence at Henoko almost finished, protesters removed by riot police

January 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

(Henoko issue reporting team) To facilitate the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago in conjunction with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, on January 27, the Okinawa Defense Bureau brought floats with support pillars...

Public Security Intelligence Agency’s report claims Ryukyu-China programs aim to divide country

Public Security Intelligence Agency's report claims Ryukyu-China programs aim to divide country

January 18, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s Public Security Intelligence Agency claimed in its latest report that China was moving to deepen its ties with Ryukyu (Okinawa) independence groups through academic exchanges, and that it could be a strategy to divide Japan by promoting favorable...

Gathering before Naha District Court backs Amnesty International’s call for Yamashiro’s release

Gathering before Naha District Court backs Amnesty International’s call for Yamashiro’s release

January 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The detention of chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro, who took on a central role in the movements opposing Henoko base construction and Takae helipad construction, has continued for more than 100 days. He was arrested and indicted on...

Amnesty International begins international movement calling for the immediate release of imprisoned Okinawan peace movement leader

January 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sakae Toiyama reporting from Washington D.C.

The international human rights organization Amnesty International began an international campaign calling for the immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro, director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center on January...

Editorial: With U.S. trip, governor needs strategy for breakthrough on new base issue

January 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Takeshi Onaga has departed for his third trip to the United States since taking office. He will visit Congress members and think tanks that have influence on the new Trump administration and call for abandonment of the plan to build a new base in conjunction...

Okinawa tourism expanding to Thailand with increasing promotion and flights

Okinawa tourism expanding to Thailand with increasing promotion and flights

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

With tourists from Thailand expected to increase due to new flights between Bangkok and Naha in February, the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is carrying out projects to support the expanding tourism market.

In addition to making services...

Pastry shop company Edelweiss founded by Okinawan to expand its business in France

Pastry shop company Edelweiss founded by Okinawan to expand its business in France

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, western pastry manufacturer and sales shop Edelweiss announced its plan to expand business in Europe. It is rare for a Japanese company to buy a confectionery-maker in Europe and make Europe a base to expand its business.

The company was...

Naha Airport’s runway closed for hours after JASDF F15 wheel tire breaks

Naha Airport's runway closed for hours after JASDF F15 wheel tire breaks

January 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of January 30, at Naha Airport, an F-15 belonging to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) got stuck near the southern end of the runway after its nose wheel tire broke. The plane was one of four F-15 Strike Eagle jets taking off to carry out...

Remnant of the U.S. occupation? Half of imported margarine goes to Okinawa

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, the Okinawa Regional Customs announced its numbers regarding Okinawa’s imports and exports for 2016 in which Okinawa had the highest shares across the nation. In total, five tons of turmeric worth 31 million yen was exported from Okinawa. This...

Nago City Council formally objects to resumption of Osprey flight training in Okinawa

January 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On January 25, the Nago City Council voted on a written statement and protest resolution objecting to the resumption of Osprey flight training while there has yet to be sufficient investigation into the cause of the Osprey accident that occurred...