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National Association of Chairmen of Town and Village Assemblies calls for revision of SOFA

November 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Association of Chairmen of Town and Village Assemblies unanimously adopted a special resolution calling for revision of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) at the 59th national convention held on November 11 in Tokyo. It is the first time that a resolution demanding revision of the SOFA has been adopted at the convention.
The town and village assemblies of the eight prefectures in Kyushu proposed this resolution.

The resolution...

 

All Okinawa Council delegation to US meets with citizens’ groups, conveys opposition to base construction

All Okinawa Council delegation to US meets with citizens’ groups, conveys opposition to base construction

November 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington DC

On November 15, the All Okinawa Council delegation to the United States, led by Kanehide Group president Morimasa Goya, arrived in California. That afternoon, they met with various peace, labor, and other organizations...

[Extra] Japanese government files to override Okinawa governor’s rejection to build new US base in Henoko

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Italian consul general visits Okinawa to deepen economic and tourism ties

Italian consul general visits Okinawa to deepen economic and tourism ties

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4, Marco Lombardi, the consul general of Italy based in Osaka, visited Okinawa and met with vice governor Mitsuo Ageda. Lombardi said the number of Italian tourists visiting Okinawa has increased, and that he would like to deepen friendship and cooperation...

2016 Okinawa beauty queens: Okuhama, Morita and Shinzato selected

2016 Okinawa beauty queens: Okuhama, Morita and Shinzato selected

November9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An event to crown the 2016 Miss Okinawa was held hosted by the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) on November 8 at Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.

Anna Okuhama, 23-year-old vocational school student from Ginowan, won Miss Sky Blue, Kumiko...

Greenpeace calls for Oura Bay to be made an ocean sanctuary

Greenpeace calls for Oura Bay to be made an ocean sanctuary

November 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, members of Greenpeace, the international environmental protection organization, visited Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall. The Greenpeace campaign ship Rainbow Warrior’s crew expressed their wish to moor at Nago Fishing Port overnight and...

Text of Governor Onaga’s UN speech opposing new base sent to 151 ambassadors and consuls in Japan

November 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, the Okinawa prefectural government sent the text of Governor Onaga’s Speech at the United Nations to ambassadors and honorary consuls from 151 countries and regions based at embassies and consulates in Tokyo. The speech regards the construction...

All-Okinawa Council to send delegation to US on November 15 to express Okinawan opposition to new base

All-Okinawa Council to send delegation to US on November 15 to express Okinawan opposition to new base

November 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of November 12, at a hall in Naha, the All-Okinawa Council or Shimagurumi-kaigi, a group that “aims to realize the goals of the 2013 ‘Kempakusho’ statement and open up a new future for Okinawa,” held a ceremony to officially announce...

“All-Okinawa Convention” to be held at the end of the month as part of efforts to prevent new base construction

“All-Okinawa Convention” to be held at the end of the month as part of efforts to prevent new base construction

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 3, representatives of prefectural assembly governing parties, civic groups, and the business community held a meeting at the prefectural headquarters of the Workers Union in Izumizaki, Naha to establish a new organization aimed at stopping the construction...

Naha City makes Honolulu Mayor an Honorary Citizen

Naha City makes Honolulu Mayor an Honorary Citizen

November 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha City selected Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to be international goodwill honorary citizen on November 4.

Honolulu City in Hawaii, the United States, has a sister-city relationship with Naha City. At an award ceremony held at the City Council Main Meeting...

Editorial: Deployment of Tokyo riot police threatens human rights and must be stopped

November 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Unjustified oppression of non-violent protest activity is not acceptable. The government must put an immediate stop to excessive security measures threatening the human rights of citizens.

For the first time, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has...