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Takahashi wants Japanese media to report on movement for mainland to accept bases

Takahashi wants Japanese media to report on movement for mainland to accept bases

December 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Japan National Press Club on December 2, 61 reporters attended a lecture delivered by Tetsuya Takahashi, a professor of philosophy at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo, about his work Considering Relocation of Okinawa’s U.S. Military Bases Outside the Prefecture (Okinawa no beigunkichi kengai isetsu o kangaeru).

Professor Takahashi pointed out that, “Mainland Japan is the benefactor of the U.S.-Japan Security...

 

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Calling for justice in court: Governor Onaga’s statement counters base-related falsehoods

December 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

It was a moment that will go down in Okinawa’s history. Each and every one of the governor’s words was a perfect expression of Okinawans’ long-held sentiment.

Governor Takeshi Onaga appeared in court for the initial hearing in the execution by proxy...

JICA Okinawa holds Exchange Festival 2015

JICA Okinawa holds Exchange Festival 2015

November 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7 and 8, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held the Okinawa International Cooperation and Exchange Festival 2015 at the Okinawa International Center in Maeda, Urasoe. JICA’s interns, learning about technology from all over the world,...

Editorial: Thorough investigation into Cultural Properties at Camp Schwab under Protection Law

November 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education designated 17 pieces of earthenware and stone implements found on the shoreline within Camp Schwab as Cultural Properties. These items are somewhere between 800 and 2000 years old.

The pieces were discovered at...

500 people gather in front of Camp Schwab to support Okinawa Governor in court battle with Japan

500 people gather in front of Camp Schwab to support Okinawa Governor in court battle with Japan

December 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government has sued to override Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of a landfill permit to build a new U.S. base in Henoko. A court opening session of oral proceedings was held on December 2 at the Naha branch of Fukuoka High Court....

Young descendants of emigrants from Okinawa hold ‘first summit meeting’

Young descendants of emigrants from Okinawa hold 'first summit meeting'

November 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of young descendents of Okinawan emigrants gathered for the 1st World Uchinanchu Students Summit held by the World Youth Uchinanchu Association Hokubu Branch on November 22 at Meio University, Nago. About 100 participants, including 30 young people who...

Ishigaki commemorates 20th anniversary of sister-city relationship with Su’ao, Taiwan

Ishigaki commemorates 20th anniversary of sister-city relationship with Su'ao, Taiwan

November 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki City and Su’ao Township in Yilan, Taiwan celebrated 20 years of sister-city relationship this year. On November 6, at Ishigaki Shinei Park, there was an unveiling ceremony for an inscribed monument with the kanji, or Chinese character, “yui”,...

[Digital edition extra] Governor Onaga questions the state of local autonomy and democracy in Japan

December 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo digital edition

In the struggle over...

Japan formally asks Ishigaki Island to host JGSDF units

November 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Vice-Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya talked to Ishigaki mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama on November 26, and formally asked for the go-ahead to deploy units of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to Ishigaki island. In the meeting, Wakamiya said the Japanese...

4,500 protesters gather in Tokyo to block construction of new US base at Henoko

4,500 protesters gather in Tokyo to block construction of new US base at Henoko

November 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of November 29, about 4,500 people gathered in the Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, demanding that the government of Japan cancel construction of a new U.S. base at Henoko, Nago. The rally was held by civic groups and...

Japanese government responds positively to appeal for Okinawa war damages to be included in nationwide report

Japanese government responds positively to appeal for Okinawa war damages to be included in nationwide report

November 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

When the Japanese government’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications compiled their “Report of Nationwide [WWII] War Damages” from 1997 to 2009, the report left out any mention of damage suffered by Okinawa Prefecture. On the morning of November...