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Special flight to carry chrysanthemums for Higan

Special flight to carry chrysanthemums for <em>Higan</em>

March 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shipments of chrysanthemums went from Okinawa for Higan, the Buddhist equinoctial week. On March 8, on a special All Nippon Airways flight to Haneda Airport, the Okinawa Flower Agricultural Cooperative shipped chrysanthemums for use all over Japan.

Last year, the level of demand was down because of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and growers had to dispose of around one-tenth of the chrysanthemums grown, so shipments for this period exceed those...

 

Baby water buffalo born in Ishigaki

Baby water buffalo born in Ishigaki

March 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Ishigaki, people saw the first baby water buffalo in many a year, and have named it Katsuzakura. Yoji Fukunaka, a teacher at Yaeyama Agriculture High School and Karin Heanza, a second grade student, have been taking care of the buffalos. Katsuzakura is the first...

555.6 billion yen paid towards the maintenance and repair of U.S. military facilities in Okinawa

March 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to the omoiyari yosan, the financial burden that Japan pays towards the cost of U.S. forces stationed on its territory, for the 33 years from fiscal 1979 to 2011, the number of cases in which the Ministry of Defense carried out maintenance and repair...

Students pray to pass the entrance examination for high school in Miyako

Students pray to pass the entrance examination for high school in Miyako

March 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7, on Miyako Island, an entrance examination for prefectural high schools was held. As has become an annual tradition, this year students and their family members gathered to eat lunch together. In the past, when there were very few restaurants near schools...

Police officer “apprehends” a 1.5 meter long habu at Yagaji – police officials send a cautionary message to the public earlier than in normal years

Police officer “apprehends” a 1.5 meter long <em>habu</em> at Yagaji - police officials send a cautionary message to the public earlier than in normal years

March 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 10:00pm on March 5, Kouki Tarama, a police officer of the Yagaji Police Substation in Nago caught a poisonous habu snake that was about 1.5 meters in length in the front yard of the police substation. Nago Police Station drew residents’ attention...

1.6 billion yen paid towards the maintenance and repair of Futenma Air Station

March 8 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

The return and relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma was agreed upon by the United States and Japan in the Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) in December 1996. It has been revealed that in the years since the agreement, from its defense budget,...

Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

March 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7 courtship displays by rare bearded mudskippers (tokagehaze or Scartelaos histophorus) were seen on the tidal flats in Fusozaki, Nanjo. Because the temperature was relatively high, the mudskippers stand up to attract each other before cuddling...

Black-faced spoonbill has its beak hooked in the same kind of accident that occurred four years ago

Black-faced spoonbill has its beak hooked in the same kind of accident that occurred four years ago

March 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4 in the southern part of Okinawa’s main island, a black-faced spoonbill, a species listed by the Ministry of Environment as “critically endangered” on its Red List, was found with a fishhook in its beak. A similar accident occurred four years ago,...

[The Great East Japan Earthquake]
About 70 percent of evacuees in Okinawa feel “uneasy, but keen to return home”

[The Great East Japan Earthquake]<br>About 70 percent of evacuees in Okinawa feel “uneasy, but keen to return home”

March 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 11, a year will have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Ryukyu Shimpo conducted a survey of evacuees to Okinawa from Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima before March 1. The percentage of respondents who answered, “I feel uneasy, but keen to return...

Disposal of unexploded ordnance carried out at Shuri High School

March 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 12:00pm on March 4, in the grounds of the Shuri High School, Naha, a Self-Defense Force bomb disposal team disposed of an unexploded WWII U.S. Navy 8-Inch shell (about 118 kilogram, 90 centimeters long and 20 centimeters in diameter). Last November, workers found...

Asiana Airlines marks the 20th anniversary of service between Korea and Okinawa

Asiana Airlines marks the 20th anniversary of service between Korea and Okinawa

March 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 3, Young-Doo Yoon, the president and CEO of Asiana Airlines, visited Okinawa to mark the 20th anniversary of the commencement of the airline’s service between Naha and Seoul. About 120 people including Korean media and people in the tourism industry accompanied...

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