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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 Committee on Okinawa (SACO) agreement. He explained his perception that, “Based on the SACO final agreement parachute drop training is allowed where it was once conducted above the land of...

 

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...

“I am vehemently opposed to the construction of a base connected to war”—actor Masane Tsukayama attends Henoko sit-in

“I am vehemently opposed to the construction of a base connected to war”—actor Masane Tsukayama attends Henoko sit-in

June 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

(Henoko reporting team) On June 7, around 30 citizens participated in a sit-in in front of U.S. military Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, where construction work for a new base is underway as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma....

Dangers of MCAS Futenma not limited to Ginowan, helicopter’s blade tape falls onto Uranishi Junior High

Dangers of MCAS Futenma not limited to Ginowan, helicopter’s blade tape falls onto Uranishi Junior High

June 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 5 the U.S. Marine Corps confirmed that an object from a helicopter stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma) fell onto the grounds of Uranishi Junior High School in Urasoe City, Okinawa. The object was a piece of blade tape from one of the...

MCAS Futenma helicopter’s blade tape falls on Uranishi Junior High, raising concerns about Marine Corps aircraft maintenance

MCAS Futenma helicopter’s blade tape falls on Uranishi Junior High, raising concerns about Marine Corps aircraft maintenance

June 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 3:30 p.m. on June 4 an object that appears to be a piece from a U.S. military aircraft fell onto the tennis court of Uranishi Junior High School in Toyama, Urasoe City. On June 5 the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa assessed the object had fallen off of a CH-53E...

Editorial: UN special rapporteur indicates freedom of expression in Japan in danger; infringing on freedom of expression is inexcusable

June 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Freedom of expression is in a crisis in Japan.

In a new report released by David Kaye, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, is demanding that the Japanese government respect...