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Nepalese students hold memorial service to pray for homeland

Nepalese students hold memorial service to pray for homeland

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, the International Center Of Language & Culture Institute of Japanese Language held memorial services at its campus in Naha City. Seventy-one people, including international students from Nepal and school staff attended and laid flowers. Two memorial services were held – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In the evening, a candlelight ceremony was held at the request of the students from Nepal.

Twenty-four-year-old K.C.Basant,...

 

Major rally against Henoko relocation to be held May 17

Major rally against Henoko relocation to be held May 17

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of civic leaders opposing the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago announced at a press conference in Naha on April 30 that a major rally against the base construction will be held on May 17 at 1 p.m. at Okinawa Cellular Stadium...

JCG officer: “If a protester dies, I’ll let you know”

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is carrying out offshore construction activity as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. On April 28, a ship carrying protesters against the new base was capsized. One of the citizens...

JCG officers board craft carrying Henoko protesters, making it capsize

JCG officers board craft carrying Henoko protesters, making it capsize

April 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is carrying out offshore construction activity as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. A ship with four citizens protesting against the activity was capsized close to a marine construction...

Sea turtle appears on the day Unjami festival honors the sea gods 

Sea turtle appears on the day Unjami festival honors the sea gods 

April 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning of April 21 (March 3 in the old lunar calendar), a sea turtle showed up at Sumuide beach, Yagaji Island near Nago. The turtle laid eggs and went back to the sea in a few minutes. This was on the day of Unjami festival which honors the sea gods....

70 years after US occupation: Ceremony on Ie Island rejects war

70 years after US occupation: Ceremony on Ie Island rejects war

April 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ie Village held a peace memorial ceremony on April 21 at Hokon no To tower in Mura Nishiemae to mourn 3,500 villagers lost during the Battle of Okinawa. About 350 family members of the victims and villagers solemnly laid flowers in memory of the war victims and...

“Peace Walk” tour around Battle of Okinawa sites in Urasoe, Naha

April 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A “Peace Walk” retracing some of the sites of the Battle of Okinawa was held on April 26. Sixty-three people viewed sites from Urasoe Castle Ruins to Shuri in Naha. Takamatsu Gushiken, the president of Gamafuya, a volunteer group dedicated to the recovery of...

Abe and Obama reaffirm they will go ahead with the Henoko relocation

Abe and Obama reaffirm they will go ahead with the Henoko relocation

April 29, 2015 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama held a meeting on April 28 at the White House in Washington D.C. In the joint vision statement, the two leaders confirmed they would drive forward with the relocation...

Protest rally against construction of new US military base attracts 2,500 people during Abe’s visit to US

Protest rally against construction of new US military base attracts 2,500 people during Abe's visit to US

April 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 28, a protest rally was held in the public square in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office in Naha. According to the organizers, about 2,500 people took part. In the Japan-U.S. summit meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack...

AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom opens

AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom opens

April 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A large commercial complex, AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom, which was built on the site of the former U.S. Marine Corps’ Awase Meadows Golf Course in Kitanakagusuku village, opened on April 25. Business people and municipal officials stressed that the mall is a good...

Naha Airport to expand its international terminal

April 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Airport Building Co. Ltd., (NABCO) is to expand part of the International Terminal Building. The new area is expected to open in November 2016. The International Terminal Building itself opened in February 2014. A response to an increase in the number of foreign...