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Nago Mayor sends letter to international intellectuals who oppose Henoko relocation

Nago Mayor sends letter to international intellectuals who oppose Henoko relocation

February 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 21, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine sent a letter to 29 international intellectuals who released a statement that opposes moving U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district in Nago. These intellectuals include filmmaker Oliver Stone.

Inamine wrote in the letter that Nago citizens are buoyed by their support for the will of the Okinawan people. He will visit the United States to voice his opposition to Henoko relocation plan before...

 

Naha Mayor claims Okinawan economy doesn’t depend on US bases

Naha Mayor claims Okinawan economy doesn’t depend on US bases

February 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga announced his administrative policy for the new fiscal year at a regular meeting of the City Council held on February 18.

Onaga talked about promoting the use of the land returned by the U.S. military. He said, “The Japanese...

English translation of environmental assessment report submitted to Marine Corps lacks information on dugongs

English translation of environmental assessment report submitted to Marine Corps lacks information on dugongs

February 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Before February 8, the Okinawa Defense Bureau provided the U.S. Marine Corps with the application documents for the Henoko landfill to prepare for moving Futenma Air Station and the environmental impact assessment report. The bureau gave the Marine Corps the full...

Young people hold flash mob to send message to Ambassador Kennedy

Young people hold flash mob to send message to Ambassador Kennedy

February 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 11, a gathering, “Listen and tell Okinawa’s voices and thoughts, Ambassador Kennedy” was held in the public square in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. About 60 young people performed a flash mob with up-tempo music to send...

Soil contaminated with harmful substance at U.S. helicopter crash site

February 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 18, the U.S. military announced the result of testing of soil at the site where an HH-60 rescue helicopter belonging to U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base crashed in Camp Hansen in Ginoza last August. The lead level in one sample was 0.744 milligrams...

Okinawa accepts technical intern trainees from Indonesia

Okinawa accepts technical intern trainees from Indonesia

February 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

To accept foreign on-the-job trainees, the fisheries industry and farmers set up the Churashima Cooperative Union. The union accepted 13 trainees from Indonesia this month and began training programs such as Japanese language classes. It is the first time for...

Okinawa rail named Kyonkyon

Okinawa rail named Kyonkyon

February 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The name of the Okinawa rail that the learning center in the Ada district of Kunigami Village has been raising is Kyonkyon. Six-year-old Riria Kinjo of Hentona Kindergarten came up with the name. The center invited children, including Kinjo to hold a ceremony...

Jurukunichi Festival for celebrating the New Year with ancestors

Jurukunichi Festival for celebrating the New Year with ancestors

February 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan people hold the Jurukunichi Festival or the New Year’s Day of the Dead on February 15 when is January 16 according to the Chinese calendar. In fine weather, more than ten families gathered to set tables on carpets in the Miegusuku district of Naha....

Naha Airport opens new international terminal building

Naha Airport opens new international terminal building

February 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Airport opened a new international passenger terminal building on February 17. The opening ceremony took place in the building. The officials of the central and prefectural governments and representatives of the airlines celebrated the start of ‘a...

2,000 protesters surround Government Office to demand Okinawa Governor’s resignation

2,000 protesters surround Government Office to demand Okinawa Governor’s resignation

February 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Last December Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima approved the landfill application for the replacement of the U.S. Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago. On February 14, a citizens group and four opposition parties of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held a rally...

Japan’s oldest shell tools found in Sakitari Cave in Okinawa

Japan's oldest shell tools found in Sakitari Cave in Okinawa

February 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum announced on February 15 that archaeologists have unearthed 39 items of shell tools, accessories and human bones in the Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City.

Carbon dating of charcoal from the same formation suggests...