Archive for February, 2014

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U.S. government does not mention stopping operations at Futenma within five years

January 31, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Susumu Matayoshi, the head of the Executive Office of the Governor, met Marc Knapper, director of the Office of Japanese Affairs and Andrew Winternitz, the Pentagon director for Japan policies at the Department of Defense on January 30.
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Opposition leader Itokazu visits the U.S. to request cancellation of Henoko landfill

Opposition leader Itokazu visits the U.S. to request cancellation of Henoko landfill

January 31, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On January 29, Keiko Itokazu, a member of the Upper House and a leader among the anti-U.S. base movement, and Naha City councilors held a news conference in Washington D.C. They spoke about their direct appeal...

Big blue marlin caught off the coast of Kumejima

Big blue marlin caught off the coast of Kumejima

January 31, 2014 Yoko Morinaga, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 30, the day before the New Year of the old calendar, a big blue marlin or kurokawakajiki, 4 meters long and weighing 333 kilograms was caught on Kumejima Island. Captain Kunio Nakamichi, 63, a member of the Kumejima Fishery...

Seaweed Food Fair held in Onna Village

Seaweed Food Fair held in Onna Village

January 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Onna Village is the birthplace of cultivating seaweeds such as sea grapes, mozuku and sea lettuces. In the village, the Seaweed Food Fair started on January 29. Twenty-three restaurants took part. The event continues until April 30.

According to the Village...

Scholars and journalists issue statement: Japan and the United States should abandon building a new US base in Henoko

Scholars and journalists issue statement: Japan and the United States should abandon building a new US base in Henoko

January 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 27, 65 scholars and journalists in Okinawa and other prefectures issued an emergency statement asking the governments of Japan and the United States to abandon their plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Ginowan to Henoko in Nago,...

6,410,000 tourists visit Okinawa in 2013 – a new annual record

January 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 20, the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced the number of tourists who visited Okinawa from January to December 2013. The number was 6,413,700, a new annual record. This represents a 9.9 percent increase over the previous year. It exceeded the...

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