Archive for October, 2012

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Okinawa governor suggests that, “If the Osprey aircraft are safe they should be deployed at bases all over Japan”

October 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Stating that the idea is “unrealistic,” Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto is reported to have rejected the Okinawa Prefectural government’s request for the deployment of the Osprey aircraft to bases throughout the nation. At his press conference on October 12, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima voiced his strong discontent with Morimoto’s remark. Nakaima commented, “What sort of response is that? If the Osprey is supposed to be so safe,...

 

Free noodles at Motobu Okinawa Soba Fair

Free noodles at Motobu Okinawa <em>Soba</em> Fair

October 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 6, the Motobu Commerce and Industry Association (MCIA) held a Soba Fair at Motobu, which since 2010 has been promoting itself as the home of Okinawa soba. In the fair, they provided 1000 free servings of Okinawa soba made using...

Asiana Airlines begins Naha-Busan route

October 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From November 17, Asiana Airlines, which already operates a Naha-Seoul route, will start regular flights between Naha and Busan. They plan to have two shuttle flights a week operating by March 30, 2013. Given that demand for flights to Okinawa goes up in winter,...

Prime Minister does not accept Okinawa Governor’s request for withdrawal of Osprey aircraft

Prime Minister does not accept Okinawa Governor’s request for withdrawal of Osprey aircraft

October 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 9, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima met with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura at the Prime Minister’s Office. During their meeting, the governor and mayor handed over a...

Naha Port Council has business model project to export used cars abroad

Naha Port Council has business model project to export used cars abroad

October 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of an ongoing business model project, the Naha Port Authority will start a pilot program to export used cars to Africa. The project has been carried out previously with Taiwan in order to establish a logistics business model.

On October 2, 2012...

270000 people enjoy huge tug of war in Naha

270000 people enjoy huge tug of war in Naha

October 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 7, the 42nd Naha Ozunahiki (Naha Tug of War) was held at the intersection of Route 58 in Kumoji, Naha. According to the organizers, about 275000 people participated in the festival, enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the event in which huge...

Marine Corps completes deployment of 12 Ospreys to Futenma

October 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 6, the U.S. Marine Corps moved the remaining three MV-22 Ospreys that had been at U.S. Iwakuni Air Station to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The Marines have now completed the deployment to Okinawa of all of the 12 aircraft that had been at Iwakuni...

Urasoe Commercial HS team presents “soil from Koshien” to player

Urasoe Commercial HS team presents

September 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 25, the Urasoe Commercial High School (UCHS) baseball team that took part in the national Koshien Summer Championship presented some “sacred soil” from the Koshien Stadium and a practice ball to Yo Teruya, a third-year student of the Okinawa...

245 Thai tourists visit Okinawa

245 Thai tourists visit Okinawa

October 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of October 4, 245 people arrived at Naha Airport from Bangkok on a charter flight operated by Thai Airways International, the largest airline in Thailand. The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau held a welcome ceremony for them in the international...

More than 1000 citizens hold rally in Nago calling for withdrawal of Osprey

More than 1000 citizens hold rally in Nago calling for withdrawal of Osprey

October 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 3 a citizens’ rally protesting against the Osprey deployment was held in the courtyard of Nago Municipal Office. This was the first rally to be held at the level of a village, town or city since the Osprey were deployed in Okinawa and according to...

Site of the Minatogawa Man remains goes municipal after land acquisition

Site of the Minatogawa Man remains goes municipal after land acquisition

September 23, 2012, Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Yaese Town will start promoting the Minatogawa Fissure archaeological site in Nagamo as one of the main tourist sites in southern Okinawa. The plan to promote the site where they found the 18000 year-old remains of the Minatogawa Man includes...

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