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Marine major admits his involvement in a hit-and-run accident in Okinawa

December 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A 67-year-old-man who had been riding a mini-bike on Prefectural Road 75 in Okinawa City was found lying unconscious on the road after a hit and run on December 4. The man was taken to a hospital where he remains in serious condition. The Okinawa Prefectural Police announced that a Marine Corps major assigned to Camp Courtney was involved in the accident. According to police, they matched a side mirror found at the scene to the marine’s car. As of December...

 

[Editorial]All four candidates opposing construction of a new base win the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election: declaration of intent against unreasonable U.S. base-hosting burden

December 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four candidates opposing construction of a new base have won the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election, in yet another clear statement of Okinawan people’s will. The winners are from the bipartisan forces that secured Takeshi Onaga’s...

Whooper swan resting in Ogimi

Whooper swan resting in Ogimi

December 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 30, a whooper swan was observed for the first time in Ogimi resting at Taiho dam.

Whooper swans come to Japan as winter birds, and they are often observed in Hokkaido and Tohoku regions. It is rare to find them in Okinawa. Masakuni Yamashiro,...

Former US soldiers of Okinawan descent; war destroys all

Former US soldiers of Okinawan descent; war destroys all

December 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum held a symposium “Okinawa reflected in the eyes of second-generation Japanese-American Uchinanchu during and after the war” in Itoman on February 6. Takejiro Higa, 91, who served in the Battle of Okinawa...

20,029 people complete the 30th Naha Marathon

 20,029 people complete the 30th Naha Marathon

December 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha City Government and other organizations held the 30th Naha Marathon on December 7. Participants started in front of Meijibashi intersection on National Route 58 in Naha and ran 42.195 kilometers in the southern part of Okinawa. They finished at Onoyama...

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks 150 days and 18,000 participants

Sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab marks 150 days and 18,000 participants

December 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizens of a sit-in protest in front of the gate of U.S. Marine Camp Schwab marked 150 days since the sit-in began on December 3. They started this action against the construction of a new U.S. air base in Henoko, Nago on July 7. According to calculations...

Naha ranks 6th among top 10 destinations on the rise in the world

Naha ranks 6th among top 10 destinations on the rise in the world

December 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 3, TripAdvisor, the biggest travel website in the world providing travel reviews, announced “Traveler’s Choice 10 Destinations On The Rise in 2014.”
Naha City has ranked 6th in the world ranking, and 4th in the Asian ranking....

2,200 protesters surround OPG buildings and demand Okinawa Govenor Nakaima

2,200 protesters surround OPG buildings and demand Okinawa Govenor Nakaima

December 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima could possibly approve an application submitted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to change the method used for landfill in Henoko, Nago, where a new U.S. Marine air base is planned to replace the Futenma base in Ginowan. On December...

Izaiho Exhibit to store memory of sacred ceremonies in Okinawa

<em>Izaiho</em> Exhibit to store memory of sacred ceremonies in Okinawa

December 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

From November 22 to 24 at Ganju Station Nanjo in Chinen Kudeken, the Nanjo City Tourism Association held a special exhibition “Kudaka Island Izaiho Exhibition – Hope and Appreciation woven by Kaminchu.” The exhibit presented...

Anti-US base candidates win all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

Anti-US base candidates win all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

December 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four candidates opposing construction of a new base won the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election on December 14. Following the election of a base-opposed governor in November, the issue of relocating U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in...

Gust of wind bends 20 pillars at golf course in Tomigusuku

Gust of wind bends 20 pillars at golf course in Tomigusuku

December 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of December 4, damage was caused by a wind gust in Tomigusuku and Uruma. No human damage was reported.

According to the Tomigusuku Police Station, strong winds have bent more than 20 pillars at Seaside Golf Club in the Yone district of Tomigusuku.

The...