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MOD states GSDF missile unit activities on Miyako might extend to civilian land

May 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) At the House of Councilors Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense meeting on May 18, Bureau of Defense Buildup Planning director Keiichi Takahashi indicated the possibility that as part of the planned deployment of Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) to Miyakojima City, the missile unit planned to be deployed might station missile launchers and the like on civilian land. He did not clarify whether exercises would be performed outside of GSDF facilities...

 

Yamashiro to address infringements on Okinawans’ rights at UN Human Rights Council in June

Yamashiro to address infringements on Okinawans’ rights at UN Human Rights Council in June

May 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On May 16 the All Okinawa Council for Human Rights (which has previously been referred to as the Okinawa International Human Rights Study Group), jointly chaired by Jun Shimabukuro and Eiichi Hoshino, made an announcement at a press conference with...

Okinawa’s Prefectural Bird and Prefectural Flower make a joint appearance in Kunigami

Okinawa’s Prefectural Bird and Prefectural Flower make a joint appearance in Kunigami

May 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kunigami – A Noguchigera (Okinawa woodpecker) bird, which is both an endangered species and designated as a national special natural treasure, was photographed drinking from a deigo flower in Kunigami by photographer Hiroaki Yamashiro of Haebaru on May 15. The Noguchigera...

300 people protest to stop US military helicopter training involving the hanging of vehicles

300 people protest to stop US military helicopter training involving the hanging of vehicles

May 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

From 6 p.m. on May 11, a protest titled “5.11 Village Convention Opposed to Repeated Hanging Training by the U.S. Helicopter” was held at the Toguchi Gate of U.S. Army Torii Station. The convention called for discontinuation of training involving vehicles being...

Parachute drop training forcibly conducted at night

Parachute drop training forcibly conducted at night

May 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military conducted drop training using parachutes around 7:30 p.m. on May 10 at Kadena Air Base. According to town officials, this is the first parachute drop training to be conducted at night since the Japan-US Special Action Committee on Okinawa was announced....

2,200 people mark 45th anniversary of reversion by holding rally to call for an Okinawa without military bases

2,200 people mark 45th anniversary of reversion by holding rally to call for an Okinawa without military bases

May 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Okinawa reached the milestone of 45 years of reversion to Japan from U.S. occupation.
 
Okinawans have aspired to make their islands free of military bases, but have still not realized their dream.

The Japanese government is forcibly...

Editorial: Increasing support from the international community at the UNPFII

April 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) being held at the United Nations headquarters, a representative for the Asia region prepared a statement indicating that the construction of a new base in Okinawa is being pushed...

UN forum Asia delegates declare Japan ignores Okinawans’ indigenous rights in building new base

UN forum Asia delegates declare Japan ignores Okinawans’ indigenous rights in building new base

April 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reporting

On the morning on April 25 (local time), the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York held a meeting between the UN General...

What the actor Shogen wants to tell the world about Okinawa with his movie, “Kokoro, Odoru”

What the actor Shogen wants to tell the world about Okinawa with his movie, “Kokoro, Odoru”

May 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hiroko Sato

“’We want to send a message to the world from Okinawa.’ The movie was created by a group with this mindset.”
Okinawan-born actor Shogen’s face may have imposing, lofty features, but in an instant it can change into a warm smile....

Bird Week: protecting young ones with parental love

Bird Week: protecting young ones with parental love

May 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Bird Week began on May 10. Many wild birds can be seen resting by the “Triangle Pond” in Yone, Tomigusuku City. On May 8, bystanders witnessed a pair of waterhens drive back a grey heron for approaching their nest. Also on May 8 at Ryutan located in Shurimawashi...

500 people enjoyed goat fighting on Sesoko-jima

500 people enjoyed goat fighting on Sesoko-jima

May 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4, at the Nakata Shokai in Sesoko, Motobu, goat fighting, or pijaorasai was held. Approximately 500 people from the town and visitors gathered and watched goat-fighting as they enjoyed goat sashimi and goat soup.

Twenty goats from Motobu Town and Nago...