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Editorial: We’ll exercise our right to self-determination

April 28, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The San Francisco Peace Treaty took effect on April 28, 1952, when Japan gained its independence, and when Okinawa, along with Amami and Ogasawara, were split from Japan.

In Article 3 of the Peace Treaty, the United States, with Japan’s consent and without intervention from any other country, gave themselves the ability to have free use of military bases. The U.S., ignoring the basic human rights of Okinawan citizens came with “bayonets and bulldozers,”...

 

Governor Onaga to seek injunction to block seawall construction for new US base off Henoko

Governor Onaga to seek injunction to block seawall construction for new US base off Henoko

April 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government began seawall construction off the coast of Henoko, Nago, where it plans to build a new U.S. airfield as a part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, on April 25.

Following this move, the Okinawa Prefectural...

Government of Japan forces through laying stones for Henoko embankment work

Government of Japan forces through laying stones for Henoko embankment work

April 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 25, the Japanese government began embankment work in Henoko, Nago as the first stage of land reclamation work for Futenma Air Station’s replacement facility. At 9:20 a.m., workers began lowering crushed stones into the water by crane.

The...

Big smiles after tough challenge at Miyakojima triathlon award ceremony

Big smiles after tough challenge at Miyakojima triathlon award ceremony

April 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyakojima – The 33rd All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima (co-hosted by Miakojima City and Ryukyu Shimpo) held its award ceremony April 24 at the JTA Dome Miyakojima. The ceremony featured first time champion Cameron Brown (New Zealand) and women’s race champion...

Transferring training of Osprey aircraft to other places has no effect, while the total number of take-off and landing operations increases at Futenma

Transferring training of Osprey aircraft to other places has no effect, while the total number of take-off and landing operations increases at Futenma

April 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced on April 21 the results of a survey on take-offs and landings of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, which was conducted for the first time.
 
The OPG conducted the investigation at the...

330,000 people enjoy variety of entertainment during Okinawa International Film Festival

330,000 people enjoy variety of entertainment during Okinawa International Film Festival

April 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 9th Okinawa International Film Festival came to a close on April 23. The organizer of the film festival set up venues this time in Iheya village, Ishigaki City and other places. A variety of events, including movie screenings, performers and directors’...

1000 people stand in line for the first H&M store at Okinawa Rycom

1000 people stand in line for the first H&M store at Okinawa Rycom

April 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The very first store of the Sweden-based, globally well-known clothing brand, Hennes & Mauritz, known as H&M, opened in the AEON mall Okinawa Rycom in Kitanakagusuku Village on April 20. More than 1000 people, mostly women, waited for its opening from early...

Karisyushi shirts to be sold in Italy

Karisyushi shirts to be sold in Italy

April 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Manufacturer of Aloha and Kariyushi shirts JUNE will start selling its brand PAIKAJI this summer in Italy. PAIKAJI was exhibited at Pitti Uomo, the world’s largest clothing fair held in Italy for four years. A select shop president who took part in the fair as...

ZAN movie about Henoko’s dugongs holds first screening in Nago

ZAN movie about Henoko’s dugongs holds first screening in Nago

April 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 5, the Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J) and the Tokyo-based branding company ImageMILL held a screening event of the documentary film ZAN at Nago Civic Hall. The film addresses dugongs’ habitats in national natural monuments of Japan such...

Legends tell of dugong curses

Legends tell of dugong curses

April 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

“If you harass a mermaid you will be cursed.” The dugong was a model for the legends of mermaids and is a designated for special protection in Japan. There is much folklore about the dugong in Okinawa, and in every tale it is said that harming...

Project Restores Ryukyu Kingdom-Era Art and Techniques using Modern Science

April 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa prefecture is making progress in revitalizing the techniques for making exquisite Ryukyu Kingdom-era arts and crafts with the Ryukyu Kingdom cultural heritage collection and restoration project. Making use of modern science and techniques, the project began...