Archive for May, 2014

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Diving around Kerama Islands to be regulated

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Popular diving havens in the Kerama Islands will soon have a cap on the number of people allowed to visit.

On May 8, both Tokashiki and Zamami Villages decided to make diving companies regulate the number of people who could access the ocean area of Kerama Islands. They aim to protect the natural environment, including coral reefs around the area. Companies recognized for their engagement in environmental protection are free from the rule. Within this...

 

Government to start Henoko landfill before gubernatorial election this fall

May 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government plans to fast-track the start of major landfill work for the replacement Futenma air base in Henoko, Nago to before this year’s prefectural election in November. Construction work on the Marine Corps Futenma Air Station was previously scheduled...

Okinawa-based game designer co-develops worldwide bestseller

Okinawa-based game designer co-develops worldwide bestseller

May 6, 2014 Ken Sasaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

An Okinawa resident and game creator Ryo Agarie has co-developed a top-ranking smartphone game app, working from his home in Naha. Since it was sold this February, the Japanese-mythology themed puzzle game is currently first place out of 19 countries...

New harii boats launched in Itoman

New <em>harii</em> boats launched in Itoman

May 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A launching ceremony for three dragon boats built last October was held on April 27 at Itoman Fishing Port. Young people from Nishimura, Nakamura, and Niijima districts – Itoman’s long-established communities – poured rice and sacred sake on the boats...

Local company to sell its Ryukyu glass jewelry in Singapore

Local company to sell its Ryukyu glass jewelry in Singapore

May 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Ryukyu glass company Rurian has begun selling its jewelry brand products at a select shop in Singapore as of the start of May. The company is working to sell its products in overseas markets with support from the Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation. Rurian...

Okinawan citizen group protests against Japan’s right to collective defense

Okinawan citizen group protests against Japan's right to collective defense

May 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, a citizen group opposing an amendment to the Constitution of Japan that would allow the pacifist nation to have its own military again, held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. They criticised plans to revise the constitution,...

60,000 Easter lilies in full bloom in Okinawa

60,000 Easter lilies in full bloom in Okinawa

May 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the solar calendar of East Asian cultures, May 5 or “Lixia” marks the beginning of Summer. The season was ushered in with the blooming of 60,000 Easter lilies at Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park in Okinawa City.

Many families viewed the lillies while...

OPG digitizing Ryukyu government documents

OPG digitizing Ryukyu government documents

April 30, 2014 Yoshiya Hokama of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has been working on a project to digitize the official documents created by the Government of the Ryukyu Islands during the American occupation. The OPG plans to release them on the website of the Okinawa...

The rainy season begins in Okinawa

The rainy season begins in Okinawa

May 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 5, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced the beginning of the rainy season in Okinawa.

It started four days earlier than average years and five days earlier than last year.
Due to the seasonal rain front, the state of the atmosphere in...

World Youth Uchinanchu Festival to hold an international conference in Germany

World Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival to hold an international conference in Germany

April 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 28, Minami Tamamoto, the president of the World Youth Uchinanchu Association (WYUA) and Chiho Higa, the executive director of the WYUA Okinawa head office, held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. They reported on the third World...

2.7-meter long moray captured

2.7-meter long moray captured

April 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ballroom dance instructor and hobby-fisherman Minoru Higa has caught a 2.7-meter long moray. He said of the catch, “It was a hard work.” Before being pulled in, it struggled to escape, and swam back and forth for 50 meters along the dock.

On the...

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