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Mao Ishiakwa Publishes Photobook in the United States

Mao Ishiakwa Publishes Photobook in the United States

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Noriko Oshiro

Mao Ishikawa, a photographer who focuses on taking pictures of Okinawa and the people who live there, will be attending four in New York City from March 28 through April 2, including a publication signing event for her new photography book, a photography exhibit for an international art dealer association.

One of the events in New York is a photo exhibition showing the works of three Okinawan photographers: along with Ishikawa,...

 

Churaumi Aquarium hosts world-first tiger shark birth from captive breeding

Churaumi Aquarium hosts world-first tiger shark birth from captive breeding

March 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Roughly between noon and 4 p.m. on March 23, a tiger shark gave birth in a shark display tank at Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu Town. Tiger sharks live in ranges from the tropics to temperate zones, and this is the first time a tiger shark has given birth from breeding...

Tourism to reach 8.4 million, guaranteeing Okinawa will reach its goal for fiscal year 2016

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 22, Okinawa prefecture’s Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports published its numbers regarding inbound tourism between April 2016 and February 2017. Compared to the same timeframe from the year before, 7,990,700 more people visited Okinawa, which...

More than 3,500 protest new base in Henoko, governor announces intention to revoke land reclamation approval

More than 3,500 protest new base in Henoko, governor announces intention to revoke land reclamation approval

March 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On March 25, the “prefectural people’s rally calling for immediate cancellation of unlawful land reclamation work and abandonment of the plan to build a new base in Henoko”, organized by the All Okinawa Coalition to Prevent Construction of...

European couple visits Okinawa during round-the-world trip on tandem bicycle

European couple visits Okinawa during round-the-world trip on tandem bicycle

March 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

On March 17, a couple attempting a round-the-world trip, Frenchman Florent Asquinazi and Belgian woman Florence Nee, began their tour of Okinawa’s main island. They are starting out on their 320-kilometer excursion in Naha City, heading north...

Tsushima Maru Memorial Unveiled in Uken

Tsushima Maru Memorial Unveiled in Uken

March 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Midori Iwasaki reporting from Amami Oshima

The monument commemorating the evacuation boat “Tsushima Maru,” which was sunk by a torpedo attack from an American submarine in August, 1944, had its unveiling ceremony March 19 at Funoshi beach in Uken, on...

US military conducts parachute drop training ignoring local objections

US military conducts parachute drop training ignoring local objections

March 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 16 shortly after 5 p.m., the U.S. Air Force conducted parachute drop training over the water at Tsuken Island Training Area in Uruma City. Okinawa Prefecture and Uruma City have repeatedly requested the cancellation of parachute drop training over the water....

Whales bounce off the coast of Zamami Island

Whales bounce off the coast of Zamami Island

March 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hirokazu Otsubo

Three whales jumped out of the water in a spectacular display near Fukaji Island, Zamami Village.
The scene was captured by Yasushi Sakurai, 56, from a ship on the morning of March 9.

It was his seventh year visiting Zamami,...

Asia’s biggest business meeting held in Okinawa to attract airline companies worldwide

Asia's biggest business meeting held in Okinawa to attract airline companies worldwide

March 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Asia’s largest airline business meeting “ROUTES ASIA 2017” (sponsored by UBM UK and UBM Japan) was held at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City from March 19 to 21.

It is the first time the meeting has been held in Japan.

Tourism...

Famous Habu-Hunter’s indictment for unlicensed snake keeping dismissed after proper documentation provided

Famous Habu-Hunter’s indictment for unlicensed snake keeping dismissed after proper documentation provided

March 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yasuhiro Makishi (60), the famous habu hunter who has been catching habu (a viper native to Okinawa) in the mountains of the northern part of Okinawa’s main island for around 30 years, had his arrest dismissed by the Tokyo District Court on March 10. Makishi...

US military generates largest amount of garbage yet: 2.6 tons, a 11% increase and 1.8 times that generated by Okinawans

March 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In fiscal 2015, 26,332 tons of ordinary waste was generated on U.S. bases in Okinawa, a 11.4% increase year on year. This was the first time that the amount of generated garbage exceeded 26,000 tons since fiscal 2010, and the largest amount of garbage generated...