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Okinawa Assembly unanimously adopts resolution protesting U.S. military fallen parts incidents

Okinawa Assembly unanimously adopts resolution protesting U.S. military fallen parts incidents

June 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On the morning of June 18 the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly opened its June plenary session. At the meeting the Assembly unanimously adopted a protest resolution and written statement in protest of the incident in which a piece of blade tape fell onto Uranishi Junior High School in Urasoe City off of a CH-53E helicopter from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Some contents of the resolution and written statement mentioned, “One wrong...

 

Himeyuri Peace Museum friends and supporters celebrate 30 years since the museum’s opening, express hopes for the next generation

Himeyuri Peace Museum friends and supporters celebrate 30 years since the museum’s opening, express hopes for the next generation

June 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 14, the Himeyuri Peace Memorial Foundation (director: Masanori Nakahodo) held a celebration in Naha for the 30th anniversary of the Himeyuri Peace Museum in Itoman, which will enter its 30th year on June 23. Around 80 people, including former Himeyuri students...

Okinawa to host the world’s largest travel conference Tourism Expo Japan 2020, in October of 2020, will also host ministerial summit

Okinawa to host the world’s largest travel conference Tourism Expo Japan 2020, in October of 2020, will also host ministerial summit

June 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Looking to the upcoming “Tourism Expo Japan 2020,” (hosted by the expo’s executive committee) the world’s largest travel industry conference, which will be hosted in Okinawa in October of 2020, a venue coordination committee and hosting support team were...

Koza X MiXitopia Research Center opens in Gintengai Shopping Arcade

Koza X MiXitopia Research Center opens in Gintengai Shopping Arcade

June 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 2, University of California, Berkley Professor Eriko Ikehara, who has been researching the history of the black community in Teruya, Okinawa, opened the Koza X MiXtopia Research Center in the Gintengai Shopping Arcade. On the same day, an opening ceremony...

Ie Village mayor speaks up about scope of U.S. parachute drop training in Okinawa

Ie Village mayor speaks up about scope of U.S. parachute drop training in Okinawa

June 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12 Ie Village Mayor Hideyuki Shimabukuro spoke about the accepted scope of parachute drop training, and in regard to the U.S. military’s Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield being the agreed-upon place for parachute drop training to be conducted in the Special Action...

Okinawa governor’s “talk caravan” aims to spark nationwide discussion of Okinawa base issues

Okinawa governor’s “talk caravan” aims to spark nationwide discussion of Okinawa base issues

June 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 11 Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki started the first leg of his cross-country “talk caravan” at Le Port Kojimachi in Tokyo. This caravan will consist of lectures and symposiums, and is a move by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) to make those across...

Ginowan City begins crowdfunding for funds to restore the Okinawa Peace Prayer Statue prototype

Ginowan City begins crowdfunding for funds to restore the Okinawa Peace Prayer Statue prototype

June 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginowan – “Peace from Futenma.” Ginowan City in Okinawa announced June 13 that they have begun crowdfunding on the internet to raise the money to restore a prototype for a peace statue stored in a studio in Futenma, in order to eventually display the statue...

100th Anniversary of the 3/1 Korean Independence Movement and Okinawa

Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

“Here, our people demand that Japan and each nation of the world provide us an opportunity for self-determination. We hereby declare that if our demand is not met, we will attempt to achieve independence by taking free...

They call me Happy—Happy’s 111th birthday bash

They call me Happy—Happy’s 111th birthday bash

June 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kamado Tsuha’s secret to staying energetic at 111 is Okinawan andagi donuts. On Jun 10, Tsuha, the oldest man living in Okinawa, celebrated his 111th birthday in Yomitan Village. His birthday party was held at the nursing home Tsuha currently resides. Mayor Denjitsu...

Landowners of U.S. base-used land in Okinawa increasingly reside outside the prefecture

Landowners of U.S. base-used land in Okinawa increasingly reside outside the prefecture

June 9, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 8 media coverage at the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) found that over the last six years, out of all landowners who own Okinawan land being contractually leased out for U.S. military base use, the number of these landowners residing outside of Okinawa has...

“Political monitoring is the job of the media” Isoko Mochizuki and Kihei Maekawa reveal the inner workings of the prime minister’s office and the media at symposium for the opening of the new movie “Shimbun Kisha”

“Political monitoring is the job of the media” Isoko Mochizuki and Kihei Maekawa reveal the inner workings of the prime minister’s office and the media at symposium for the opening of the new movie “Shimbun Kisha”

June 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A symposium titled, “The Authority of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Status of Journalistic Media,” (hosted by Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd., sponsored by Star Sands, in collaboration with Aeon Entertainment) held as part of the opening for the movie “Shimbun...