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MLIT annuls OPG revocation of land reclamation permit, OPG prepares to legally counter

MLIT annuls OPG revocation of land reclamation permit, OPG prepares to legally counter

On April 5, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii accepted the Ministry of Defense (MOD) Okinawa Defense Bureau’s (ODB’s) formal objection to the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s (OPG’s) revocation of the land reclamation permit for construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City.

Ishii announced that the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has decided to annul the OPG revocation...

 

Compendium of Ryukyu literature to be published by Meio University

Compendium of Ryukyu literature to be published by Meio University

April 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, Meio University President Katsunori Yamazato announced that the university would start an editing and publishing project for the “Compendium of Ryukyu Literature,” which is to have notes and explanations in combination with the original text.

It...

Taiwanese family returns to Okinawa to give thanks for help with expensive medical bills after giving birth prematurely on their honeymoon two years prior

Taiwanese family returns to Okinawa to give thanks for help with expensive medical bills after giving birth prematurely on their honeymoon two years prior

April 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Taiwanese couple that prematurely went into labor while on honeymoon in Okinawa, giving birth to Chen Chun-hon, 2, who weighed only 884 grams (1.94 lbs.) at birth, have returned to Okinawa to say thank you and to show their healthy child. The childbirth and subsequent...

Citizens stage sit-in and canoe protests as K8 seawall construction continues in Henoko

Citizens stage sit-in and canoe protests as K8 seawall construction continues in Henoko

April 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s construction of the K8 seawall off the shore of Camp Schwab is ongoing as of April 2.

Soil has been deposited into land reclamation sections...

Restrictions on off-duty US servicemen greatly loosened, causing Okinawans concern and fear

Restrictions on off-duty US servicemen greatly loosened, causing Okinawans concern and fear

April 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 26, the USFJ Okinawa Area Coordinator Lt. Gen. Eric Smith greatly loosened the restrictions of the Liberty Policy, which regulates the activities of U.S. troops when they are off-duty. Local residents of municipalities in the central part of Okinawa Island,...

“Even now colonialism continues.” Researcher calls for the restoration of self-determination for Okinawa 140 years after the Disposition of Ryukyu

“Even now colonialism continues.” Researcher calls for the restoration of self-determination for Okinawa 140 years after the Disposition of Ryukyu

March 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Miyagi

On March 27, it will have been 140 years since the Kingdom of Ryukyu was destroyed in 1879. Matsuda Michiyuki, the bureaucrat who abolished the Ryukyu Domain, entered Shuri castle accompanied by around 600 soldiers from the Kumamoto Garrison...

In Okinawa, Chinese and Japanese imperial era names once both used

In Okinawa, Chinese and Japanese imperial era names once both used

April 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese imperial era naming system has drawn attention recently, as the name “Reiwa” was chosen as the name of the new era that will follow Heisei. In Okinawa, there was a time when both the Chinese and the Japanese imperial era names were used. That period...

Okinawans abroad lobby for support, endorsed by Nobel laureate

April 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawans in the U.S. and Europe, and Okinawan Americans have newly joined forces as the Global Uchinānchu Alliance. The GUA lobbies members of the U.S. Congress to honor the will of the Okinawan people as evidenced in the prefectural referendum, in regards to the...

The “Second Aerial Gateway” to the Miyako region officially opens with the Miyako Shimojishima Airport Terminal

The “Second Aerial Gateway” to the Miyako region officially opens with the Miyako Shimojishima Airport Terminal

The “Second Aerial Gateway” to the Miyako region officially opens with the Miyako Shimojishima Airport Terminal

March 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyako – The Miyako Shimojishima Airport Terminal officially opened at 8:00 a.m. on March 30. With the opening, the “second aerial gateway”...

U.S. Osprey from MCAS Futenma makes emergency landing at Osaka International Airport

U.S. Osprey from MCAS Futenma makes emergency landing at Osaka International Airport

April 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Just past 1:55 p.m. on April 1, an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma made an emergency landing at Osaka International (Itami) Airport in Osaka Prefecture. There was no damage to the fuselage, and...

Shimabukuro’s photography of 1950’s Henoko sans US base shows changes to his hometown

Shimabukuro’s photography of 1950’s Henoko sans US base shows changes to his hometown

March 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ayako Sakaguchi

Before Camp Schwab was completed there was a large pine tree on Cape Henoko. Takenobu Shimabukuro, 82, who loves photography, has been capturing photographs of his hometown since he was in his 20’s.

His albums are full of old...