Archive for November, 2015

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Kerama deer swims across sea searching for a mate

Kerama deer swims across sea searching for a mate

November 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Hideaki Yoneda reports from Tokashiki

A wild Kerama deer, a government-designated protected species inhabiting the Kerama Islands, was observed swimming in the ocean around 3:00 p.m. on November 2. Masayuki Komine, a staff member at Tokashiki Village Office, took a photograph of the male deer as it crossed from the beach south of Tokashiki port to Cape Gizu-zaki shore road after swimming about 300 meters.

Residents have witnessed the antlered...

 

Tanadui Festival for prosperity held on Taketomi Island

Tanadui Festival for prosperity held on Taketomi Island

November 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 10, Tanadui Festival and votive performances with more than 600 years of history, and which are designated as significant intangible folk cultural assets, began at Yumuchion on Taketomi Island. Islanders offered dances and performances, such as kyogen...

Gov. Onaga hosts event in Taiwan to promote Okinawa tourism

Gov. Onaga hosts event in Taiwan to promote Okinawa tourism

November 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Wu Li Jun reports from Taipei

On November 13, at the Regent Taipei in Taiwan, Governor Takeshi Onaga hosted an event, “Okinawa Night”, for Taiwanese business leaders and administrative officials who have contributed to Okinawa tourism.

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Governor Onaga says suing by Japanese government reminiscent of “bayonet and bulldozers” under US occupation

Governor Onaga says suing by Japanese government reminiscent of

November 17, Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said at a news conference held at 5:30 p.m. on November 17 that the Japanese government suing to override his revocation of a landfill permit to build a new U.S. base in Henoko “reminded us of the forcible expropriation of land...

200 young people take part in rally against new US base in Henoko

200 young people take part in rally against new US base in Henoko

November 15, Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, in front of the Camp Schwab gate at Henoko, Nago, about 200 young people, including students of the youth group SEALDs RYUKYU, gathered to protest against construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko and Oura Bay.

The protesters criticized the...

National Association of Chairmen of Town and Village Assemblies calls for revision of SOFA

November 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Association of Chairmen of Town and Village Assemblies unanimously adopted a special resolution calling for revision of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) at the 59th national convention held on November 11 in Tokyo. It is the first time...

All Okinawa Council delegation to US meets with citizens’ groups, conveys opposition to base construction

All Okinawa Council delegation to US meets with citizens’ groups, conveys opposition to base construction

November 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington DC

On November 15, the All Okinawa Council delegation to the United States, led by Kanehide Group president Morimasa Goya, arrived in California. That afternoon, they met with various peace, labor, and other organizations...

[Extra] Japanese government files to override Okinawa governor’s rejection to build new US base in Henoko

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Italian consul general visits Okinawa to deepen economic and tourism ties

Italian consul general visits Okinawa to deepen economic and tourism ties

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4, Marco Lombardi, the consul general of Italy based in Osaka, visited Okinawa and met with vice governor Mitsuo Ageda. Lombardi said the number of Italian tourists visiting Okinawa has increased, and that he would like to deepen friendship and cooperation...

2016 Okinawa beauty queens: Okuhama, Morita and Shinzato selected

2016 Okinawa beauty queens: Okuhama, Morita and Shinzato selected

November9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An event to crown the 2016 Miss Okinawa was held hosted by the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) on November 8 at Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.

Anna Okuhama, 23-year-old vocational school student from Ginowan, won Miss Sky Blue, Kumiko...

Greenpeace calls for Oura Bay to be made an ocean sanctuary

Greenpeace calls for Oura Bay to be made an ocean sanctuary

November 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, members of Greenpeace, the international environmental protection organization, visited Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall. The Greenpeace campaign ship Rainbow Warrior’s crew expressed their wish to moor at Nago Fishing Port overnight and...

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