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Governor Onaga emphasizes need to take measures against government’s forceful resumption of Henoko construction

Governor Onaga emphasizes need to take measures against government’s forceful resumption of Henoko construction

December 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On the morning of December 27, Governor Takeshi Onaga had a meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, where he called for prior discussions to be held before the government resumes construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko. However, several hours after the meeting, the government resumed construction for the new base. The governor criticized the move as proceeding forcefully and said, “Things...

 

Elephants from Fukushima spend winter in Okinawa where they can eat their favourite food, sugar cane

Elephants from Fukushima spend winter in Okinawa where they can eat their favourite food, sugar cane

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A welcome ceremony for two Asian elephants, Tonsai and Buntoon, from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima was held on December 17 at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. The elephants are staying in Okinawa to see out the winter. The curator of the zoo, Masaru Takada,...

Humpback whale spotted off coast of Zamami Island swimming leisurely

Humpback whale spotted off coast of Zamami Island swimming leisurely

December 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yoshikazu Miyazato

On December 25, it was confirmed that a humpback whale visited the northern sea of Zamami Island. It is the first whale sighting of the season.

Kiyoshi Miyagi, 57, a member of the Zamami Whale Watching Association, managed...

Onaga sends notice of cancellation, government to resume Henoko construction

Onaga sends notice of cancellation, government to resume Henoko construction

December 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 1:30 p.m. on December 26, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at Naha Airport and announced that he had begun procedures to cancel his cancellation of authorization to reclaim land in Henoko, Nago City. Onaga cancelled the authorization...

Resident of Okinawa from Afghanistan falsely rumored as planning act of terrorism

Resident of Okinawa from Afghanistan falsely rumored as planning act of terrorism

December 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of December 23, false rumors that a male proponent of the extremist organization Islamic State (IS) from Afghanistan would incite terrorism in Mihama, Chatan Town were flying around on social networking sites (SNS) such as Twitter. The post spread...

With 340 years of history and bearing Christian influences, “Chiritancho” is Itoman, Okinawa’s traditional birthday celebration

With 340 years of history and bearing Christian influences, “Chiritancho” is Itoman, Okinawa’s traditional birthday celebration

December 25, 2016, Ryukyu Shimpo

The Kyan community association in Itoman, Okinawa held their annual newborn celebration, “Chiritancho” on the afternoon of December 25 in the Kyan Community Center. The celebration is for babies born in 2016, and wishes them a long, healthy life. Sixteen...

“The future is ours,” leader Yamashiro detained for protest against new US base calls for unity

December 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroji Yamashiro, the director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, who was arrested on October 17, has been prosecuted and is now being detained for his involvement in protests against new U.S. base construction in Henoko, Nago and Helipad construction in the...

Okinawa tourism generates 1 billion yen in fiscal year of 2015

December 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, Okinawa Prefecture’s Culture, Tourism, and Sports Division announced the economic effects of tourism in Okinawa in the 2015 fiscal year. Tourism generated 1,143,334 million yen, a rise of 49.9 percent from the survey last year, and the highest...

Candlelit protests against US military bases in Okinawa

Candlelit protests against US military bases in Okinawa

December 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Kenmin Hiroba in Naha on December 21, citizens took part in a candlelit protest to denounce a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey crashing off east coast of Nago and Japan’s Supreme Court ruling against Okinawa Prefecture in a lawsuit over the relocation of Futenma...

Editorial: Return of Northern Training Area land will not reduce burden; people’s power must resist oppression

December 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

For whose sake is the land being returned? The return can only be declared a deceptive farce devised by the U.S. military and the Abe administration.

At the ceremony celebrating the return of more than half of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area,...

4,200 people at the Nago protest rally and governor determined to remove Ospreys

4,200 people at the Nago protest rally and governor determined to remove Ospreys

December 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

[Nago] On December 22, the Emergency Protest Rally Demanding the Removal of the Defective Aircraft Osprey took place following the crash-landing accident of the U.S. military vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft MV-22 Osprey at the coast of Abu of...