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Yonaha Bay becomes Ramsar site

Yonaha Bay becomes Ramsar site

July 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ahead of the 15th meeting of the signatory countries to be held in Bucharest, Romania, commencing on July 6, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has added new areas to its list, including Yonaha Bay in Miyako-jima. The Convention on Wetlands, otherwise known as the Ramsar Convention, which was held in Ramsar, Iran in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty embodying the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International...

 

East team wins Ojima Island’s dragon boat race

East team wins Ojima Island's dragon boat race

June 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23, in the waters off Ojima Island, Tamagusuku in Nanjo, the Watatsumi Festival with its dragon-boat race was held. Many visitors from both on and off the island cheered on the oarsmen.

The main dragon boat race is decided by the outcome of the best...

Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in Brazil in July

Worldwide Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival to be held in Brazil in July

June 26, 2012

On June 25, at a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, the World Youth Uchinanchu Association (WYUA) released the program of the 1st Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival, which will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from July 25 to...

Nakijin Gusuku Manabu Kai makes canes out of mythical tree

<em>Nakijin Gusuku Manabu Kai</em> makes canes out of mythical tree

July 1, 2012 Takahiro Arashiro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of the Nakijin Castle guide volunteer group, Nakijin Gusuku wo Manabu Kai have made 60 canes so seniors and disabled people can enjoy the tour of the castle ruins.

They collected wood of the Randia canthioides...

Ginowan Mayor asks Defense Minister to stop Osprey deployment

June 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 30, for the first time since his inauguration Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto visited Okinawa to explain the plan for the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft’s deployment to U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. That afternoon,...

Okinawa Governor tells Defense Minister: “If the governments bulldoze their way to deploy the Osprey, all U.S. bases will be closed immediately.”

Okinawa Governor tells Defense Minister:

July 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of July 1, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto met Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and explained the deployment plan to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma for the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport...

Okinawa Prefecture anticipates 30% lower mango production in 2012

Okinawa Prefecture anticipates 30% lower mango production in 2012

July 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 29, the Prefectural Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department Horticulture Center announced that the 2012 mango production forecast anticipates a figure of 1036 tons, a 33.8% decline from the previous year and the lowest level of shipment in the ten years...

TransAsia Airways launches regular charter flights between Naha and Taipei

TransAsia Airways launches regular charter flights between Naha and Taipei

June 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 1, TransAsia Airways, a Taiwan-based medium-sized international carrier, launched regular charter flights between Naha and Taipei. The flight runs once a day, and this is the first time that the company has operated such flights from Taipei to Naha.

On...

Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association imposes strict standards on quality indication of kusu

June 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association decided to impose strict quality standards following a case in which nine distilleries in Okinawa violated the Japan Sake Shochu Makers Association’s code of fair competition regarding the quality indication of kusu,...

Symposium to boost Japan-China tourism

Symposium to boost Japan-China tourism

June 23, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 22, at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan, as part of the Japan-China Tourism Exchange Conference, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) and the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau held a symposium on tourism. The conference was held to mark the...

Pressure brought to bear to change findings of report on Osprey crash in Afghanistan in 2010 – “It was human error that caused it.”

June 25, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft are to be deployed to U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in August. The early retirement of the leader of the accident investigation board for the Osprey...

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