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Okinawa to lay submarine optical cable to its remote islands

Okinawa to lay submarine optical cable to its remote islands

May 4, 2014 Kazuki Furugen of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefecture Government (OPG) plans to lay about 915 kilometers of submarine optical cable to the remote islands from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2016 in order to modernise communication tools such as the Internet. The cable will be connected between the main Island of Okinawa and its remote islands by August 2016. Residents living in islands near the main island of Okinawa, Miyako Islands and Yaeyama Islands, will be able to use advanced...

 

Poll shows 74 percent of people oppose relocating U.S. Futenma base within Okinawa

Poll shows 74 percent of people oppose relocating U.S. Futenma base within Okinawa

May 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A telephone poll conducted in late April by the Ryukyu Shimpo showed only 16.6 percent of respondents supported the plan to move the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan to Henoko in Nago. The governments of Japan and the United States promote this plan....

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium opens a branch shop on Kokusai Street

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium opens a branch shop on Kokusai Street

April 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Churashima Foundation opened an Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium merchandise shop on Kokusai Street in Kumoji district of Naha on April 26. Many people visited the shop to buy products that were previously only sold at the aquarium and in the Yambaru areas...

Okinawa’s population up to 1.414 million in April, 2014

May 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The estimated population of Okinawa as of April 1, 2014, has reached 1,414,148, according to statistics published on April 30 by the Okinawa Prefectural Government. The figures showed a decrease of 5,856 people from the previous month this year, but it marked...

Royal Crown of the Ryukyu Kingdom exhibited at the Naha City Museum

Royal Crown of the Ryukyu Kingdom exhibited at the Naha City Museum

April 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

From April 25 to May 7, the Ryukyu Kingdom’s Royal Crown with an ornamental hairpin is on display at the Naha City Museum of History. Tatsuro Furutsuka, a curator of the museum, hopes many people will visit the exhibition. He said, “This little crown contains...

Record 6.58 million tourists visited Okinawa in fiscal 2013

Record 6.58 million tourists visited Okinawa in fiscal 2013

April 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 21, the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced the number of tourists who visited Okinawa from April 2013 to March 2014 was 6,580,300, a new annual record. This represents an 11.1 percent increase from the previous year. It exceeded the previous record...

Atlas moths’ love season begins on Yonaguni Island

Atlas moths' love season begins on Yonaguni Island

April 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thriving on Yonaguni island, the world’s largest Atlas moths have reached the time of emergence. They are called Ayamihabiru on Yonaguni Island. The Ayamihabiru Museum in Yonaguni displays a female moth that emerged on April 15, and a male that emerged...

Okinawan radio station to support peace-keeping in East Timor

Okinawan radio station to support peace-keeping in East Timor

April 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A community radio station of the Yomitan Village FM Yomitan began a project with nonprofit organization Okinawa Peace Assistance Center. They have set up a radio station in East Timor aimed at preventing conflict. The radio station starts broadcasting in September....

Nobel laureate Oe speaks out on Okinawa problem in Tokyo

Nobel laureate Oe speaks out on Okinawa problem in Tokyo

April 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A symposium on the Futenma-Henoko issue was held in Tokyo on April 26. Nobel laureate and novelist Kenzaburo Oe, Gavan McCormack, an emeritus professor of the Australian National University and Masaaki Gabe, a professor at the University of the Ryukyus, made the...

A giant bluefin tuna caught at Tomari Fishing Port in Naha

A giant bluefin tuna caught at Tomari Fishing Port in Naha

April 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the middle of the fishing season, Asumaru ship captain Masanori Isagawa caught a giant bluefin tuna weighing 327 kilograms at Tomari Port in Naha on April 25. Isagawa said with a smile, “After seeing the tuna caught by longline fishing, I was so happy.”

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