Archive for December, 2014

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Science Council of Japan suggests setting up national natural history museums in Okinawa and Tohoku

November 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 26, the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) proposed a plan to set up national natural history museums in Okinawa and Tohoku. The museums will be hubs for the study of natural history, and will continually collect and preserve artefacts such as fossil remains. The SCJ has included the plan in the master plan for a large-scale academic research project it will propose to the central government.

Currently, the National Museum of Nature and Science...

 

South American students of Okinawan descent come to Urasoe student exchange

South American students of Okinawan descent come to Urasoe student exchange

November 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Elisa Mary Higa Morikawa and Bruna Mariko Oshiro are students from a training project for descendants of Okinawan migrants to South American countries. They have been selected for the program for the fiscal year of 2014 organized by Urasoe City. On November 17,...

U.S. soldier arrested for trespassing in Chatan

November 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 28, the Okinawa Police Station arrested a 30-year old first class-ranking staff sergeant, who is based at Kadena Air Base, on suspicion of trespassing. According to the police station, the suspect entered a room on the second floor of an apartment...

Amateur photographer captures green sun from Senagajima

Amateur photographer captures green sun from Senagajima

November 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 25, a green flash phenomenon, in which the sun shines green at sunset, was confirmed to have been sighted in Okinawa. Akihiro Noda, a 37-year-old company employee, managed to take a picture of the moment when the sun flashed green....

Off-base drinking ban for U.S. soldiers in Okinawa to be eased

November 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. forces in Japan will revise its ‘liberty policy’, the code of conduct for the U.S. service members and civilian employees in Okinawa. This will allow them to stay out and drink off base during off-duty hours from December 9. Responding...

Fukushima zoo’s elephants to move to Okinawa during winter

Fukushima zoo’s elephants to move to Okinawa during winter

November 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In December, two Asian elephants from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima are coming to Okinawa Zoo and Museum to spend the winter. On November 18, Okinawa City Mayor Sachio Kuwae and the president of Tohoku Safari Park Nobushige Kumakubo signed an agreement on the...

Okinawan old, folk house used as guest accommodation attracting foreign tourists

Okinawan old, folk house used as guest accommodation attracting foreign tourists

November 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Located in the Goya district of Okinawa City, guest house Goya is a 40-year old Okinawan folk house with a tiled roof, and it is attracting guests from Asia and Europe. Tourists from Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, and France have visited the house. Even in the...

Government halts work at sea for new US base in Henoko as it considers election

November 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government decided to postpone offshore construction work , in Henoko, Nago, where it plans to relocate U.S Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, until December 14, when the House of Representatives election campaign ends. On-shore work, such as preparing a temporary...

Eight nuns from Tokyo and Miyazaki Prefecture take part in protest against Henoko

Eight nuns from Tokyo and Miyazaki Prefecture take part in protest against Henoko

November 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of November 12, over 50 citizens gathered in front of Gate One at Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, to protest against the construction of an alternative base for U.S Marine Corps Futenma Air Station.

Eight nuns of Jesus Caritas from Tokyo and...

Chibana Hanaui textile products to enhance regional branding in Okinawa

Chibana Hanaui textile products to enhance regional branding in Okinawa

November 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Luggage and accessory store Tajimaya has developed original products with Okinawa City’s Chibana Hanaui textile company, which makes state-designated traditional crafts. They released their new products on November 20. Tajimaya, the Chibana Hanaui Business...

Internationally acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki sends message opposing new U.S military base construction in Okinawa

Internationally acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki sends message opposing new U.S military base construction in Okinawa

November 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Toshinobu Nakazato, former chairman of the Okinawa Prefecture Assembly, has been asking prominent figures in and outside of Okinawa who support the Okinawan people’s movement opposing the deployment of Osprey aircraft to Okinawa and construction of a new...

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