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Dangers of MCAS Futenma remain unresolved 21 years after base return agreement

Dangers of MCAS Futenma remain unresolved 21 years after base return agreement

April 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

April 12 marked 21 years since the U.S. and Japanese governments agreed on the whole return of Futenma Air Station to Okinawa. Since the Futenma Air Station return plan set forth construction of a replacement facility in Henoko and therefore within Okinawa, Okinawans have continued to oppose relocation of MCAS Futenma within the prefecture. The governments of the U.S. and Japan are forcing through construction by asserting that the only solution to the dangers...

 

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of The Art of Living Foundation, speaks of inner peace in Nagagusuku

April 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, 61, founder of The Art of Living...

Discovery of new orchid in Yambaru reported in international journal

Discovery of new orchid in Yambaru reported in international journal

April 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Lecturer at the Kobe University graduate school of science Kenji Suetsugu has discovered two new orchid species in the forest of northern Okinawa. The species were named “yambaru yatsushiro ran” and “tsutsuzaki yatsushiro ran.” Suetsugu discovered the orchids...

Editorial: Liberal Democratic Party of Okinawa should show the pride of Okinawan conservatives

April 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Liberal Democratic Party of Okinawa (Okinawa LDP) held its 48th annual convention and solidified its policy of “accepting” the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma to Henoko, Nago City. This represents a shift away from its previous...

Sumiko Kitajima, who spread a message of peace with her one-woman play, dies at 85

Sumiko Kitajima, who spread a message of peace with her one-woman play, dies at 85

April 10, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

Sumiko Kitajima (born Sumiko Machida), the actress who was famous for her one-woman play that spread the message of the importance of peace using the Battle of Okinawa and post-war history as material, passed away from renal cell cancer at a hospital in Naha...

Establishment of Web Histreet: search postwar Okinawa history articles via a website

Establishment of Web Histreet: search postwar Okinawa history articles via a website

April 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

[Okinawa] This past March, the City History Editorial Officers of Okinawa City established “Web Histreet,” the Okinawa City Postwar Data Digital Archive, a website that promotes various resources regarding the city’s postwar history. The site enables people...

Okinawa prefectural government designs pamphlets to dispel misinformation on US bases issues

Okinawa prefectural government designs pamphlets to dispel misinformation on US bases issues

April 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 10, the Okinawa prefectural government (OPG) finished producing question-and-answer format pamphlets presenting the problems at hand with U.S. military base issues in a way that is simple and easy-to-understand. Examples of misinformation and baseless allegations...

“Money is temporary but sorrow continues for 200 years,” say citizens against new base construction in Henoko

April 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 10, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) conducted maritime work towards construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, which is part of the plan to move the U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan.

In front of the gate of Camp...

Nago’s GODAC reveals severe garbage problem in the deep sea, with a mannequin and sandals found at a depth of 6000 meters

Nago's GODAC reveals severe garbage problem in the deep sea, with a mannequin and sandals found at a depth of 6000 meters

April 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The International Ocean Environment Information Center (GODAC) located in Toyohara, Nago, released on April 3 a database including images and footage of deep-sea garbage (debris) in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) on its internet site.

The GODAC...

Report submitted to UN requesting return of Ryukyuan remains

April 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 6, the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans (ACSILs) disclosed that they had submitted to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights a report requesting that Japanese researchers return the remains...

High School students work to save the Ryukyu-inu breed of dogs from going extinct

High School students work to save the Ryukyu-inu breed of dogs from going extinct

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yo Kakazu

Five second year students from Chubu Norin High School, including Yuto Kamejima, 16, are taking on the challenge of preserving pure-bred “Ryukyu-inu” dogs, which are native to Okinawa, beginning in April. Due to the difficulties of breeding,...