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JASDF helicopter misunderstood instructions from air traffic controller at Naha Airport in June 2015

April 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 27, the National Transportation Safety Board released a survey report about a case in June 2015 where a helicopter of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) crossed over the sky ahead of an All Nippon Airways (ANA) aircraft that was taking off, leading to a near collision. The report pointed out that a misunderstanding of instructions from the air traffic controller by the pilots of the JASDF helicopters caused the confusion.

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Okinawa mozuku seaweed featured by US CNN online webcast

Okinawa mozuku seaweed featured by US CNN online webcast

April 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of reporters from an online webcast from US CNN television, Great Big Story, visited a seafood processing company called Itosan in Itoman City on April 24 and 25 to hear from CEO Tadashi Oshiro about mozuku harvesting and his passion for the product. This...

3,000 take part in protest rally in Henoko for first time since start of sea wall construction, refusing to bow to government pressure

3,000 take part in protest rally in Henoko for first time since start of sea wall construction, refusing to bow to government pressure

April 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 29, in front of the gate of Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago City, a mass rally was held to block construction of new U.S. base. At the rally, participants called for the repeal of the so-called “anti-conspiracy bill” and urged people...

One year after the rape and murder of a woman by a U.S. military contractor, wounds of the victim’s family have yet to heal

One year after the rape and murder of a woman by a U.S. military contractor, wounds of the victim’s family have yet to heal

April 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

We interviewed attorney Naoko Murakami, who represents the family of the deceased in the case of rape and murder of a woman by a U.S. military contractor, which occurred one year ago.

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 ― How are the family doing now?

“From...

Okinawans call for Kadena Air Base removal on anniversary of murder victim’s disappearance

Okinawans call for Kadena Air Base removal on anniversary of murder victim’s disappearance

April 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On the morning of April 28, the Kadena Peace Action group, which is demanding the closure and removal of Kadena Air Base, held a protest gathering in front of the base’s gates 1 through 5. Participants dedicated a minute a silence to the woman who...

Editorial: We’ll exercise our right to self-determination

April 28, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The San Francisco Peace Treaty took effect on April 28, 1952, when Japan gained its independence, and when Okinawa, along with Amami and Ogasawara, were split from Japan.

In Article 3 of the Peace Treaty, the United States, with Japan’s consent and without...

Governor Onaga to seek injunction to block seawall construction for new US base off Henoko

Governor Onaga to seek injunction to block seawall construction for new US base off Henoko

April 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government began seawall construction off the coast of Henoko, Nago, where it plans to build a new U.S. airfield as a part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, on April 25.

Following this move, the Okinawa Prefectural...

Government of Japan forces through laying stones for Henoko embankment work

Government of Japan forces through laying stones for Henoko embankment work

April 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 25, the Japanese government began embankment work in Henoko, Nago as the first stage of land reclamation work for Futenma Air Station’s replacement facility. At 9:20 a.m., workers began lowering crushed stones into the water by crane.

The...

Big smiles after tough challenge at Miyakojima triathlon award ceremony

Big smiles after tough challenge at Miyakojima triathlon award ceremony

April 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyakojima – The 33rd All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima (co-hosted by Miakojima City and Ryukyu Shimpo) held its award ceremony April 24 at the JTA Dome Miyakojima. The ceremony featured first time champion Cameron Brown (New Zealand) and women’s race champion...

Transferring training of Osprey aircraft to other places has no effect, while the total number of take-off and landing operations increases at Futenma

Transferring training of Osprey aircraft to other places has no effect, while the total number of take-off and landing operations increases at Futenma

April 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced on April 21 the results of a survey on take-offs and landings of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, which was conducted for the first time.
 
The OPG conducted the investigation at the...

330,000 people enjoy variety of entertainment during Okinawa International Film Festival

330,000 people enjoy variety of entertainment during Okinawa International Film Festival

April 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 9th Okinawa International Film Festival came to a close on April 23. The organizer of the film festival set up venues this time in Iheya village, Ishigaki City and other places. A variety of events, including movie screenings, performers and directors’...