Archive for January, 2017

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Remnant of the U.S. occupation? Half of imported margarine goes to Okinawa

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, the Okinawa Regional Customs announced its numbers regarding Okinawa’s imports and exports for 2016 in which Okinawa had the highest shares across the nation. In total, five tons of turmeric worth 31 million yen was exported from Okinawa. This means that, 88.6 percent by quantity and 90.7 percent by value of all exported turmeric in Japan is from Okinawa. Meanwhile, about half of all domestically imported margarine and dressing is imported...

 

Nago City Council formally objects to resumption of Osprey flight training in Okinawa

January 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On January 25, the Nago City Council voted on a written statement and protest resolution objecting to the resumption of Osprey flight training while there has yet to be sufficient investigation into the cause of the Osprey accident that occurred...

Airlines send Okinawan cherry blossoms all around Japan

Airlines send Okinawan cherry blossoms all around Japan

January 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

As the January 21 opening day of Motobu Yaedake cherry blossom festival approached, the Japan Airlines Okinawa branch and Japan Transocean Air sent thirty bundles of Ryukyuan Taiwan cherry blossoms from Yaedake to twenty-two airports across Japan on January...

Former ASDF pilot makes visual presentation concerning dangers of Osprey for EACI

Former ASDF pilot makes visual presentation concerning dangers of Osprey for EACI

January 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 22, 77-year-old Masumi Okunishi from Haebaru Town spoke about Osprey in front of a full audience at the Ryukyu Center of the East Asian Community Institute (EACI) in Naha. The former Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) pilot made and presented a picture-story...

Ryukyu Dyansty era ritual Momoso-omonomairi re-enacted at Shuri Castle

Ryukyu Dyansty era ritual Momoso-omonomairi re-enacted at Shuri Castle

January 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Ryukyu dynastic era ritual, Momoso-omonomairi, was re-enacted on January 21 at Shuri Castle Park in Shurikinjocho, Naha. Priestesses made a pilgrimage to the sacred site in the castle grounds, praying for things such as a long life for the emperor, safe sailing...

Committee to hold memorial service for Okinawa-born war dead in Hawaii

Committee to hold memorial service for Okinawa-born war dead in Hawaii

January 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 19, a memorial service will be held for Okinawans who died in a Hawaii POW camp. The committee organizing the service held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Government office and announced the plan to hold the memorial event for Okinawans...

In policy speech, Abe says government will proceed with Henoko relocation “in accordance with Supreme Court ruling”

January 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

(Tokyo) On the afternoon of January 20, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave his policy speech to the plenary session of the House of Representatives. Regarding the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago City in conjunction with the relocation of...

Biodiverse island areas in northern Okinawa nominated for UNESCO World Natural Heritage

January 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 19 at a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial/Agency Co-ordination Committee (IMACC) for World Natural Heritage, the Japanese government decided to formally nominate an area that spans parts of Kagoshima and Okinawa Prefectures as a Natural Heritage candidate...

US force ignores “Iejima aggregation” conducting training without warning

US force ignores “Iejima aggregation” conducting training without warning

January 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. air force conducted parachute drop training over the Tsuken Island training area in Uruma City around 11:00 a.m. on January 12. The training was done without any notification being given to Okinawa Prefecture or the city. Soldiers as well as supplies...

Optical undersea cable laid between neighboring islands for high-speed telecommunications

Optical undersea cable laid between neighboring islands for high-speed telecommunications

January 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimp

On January 10, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) held a ceremony at the OPG Hall and DiDiYonaguni Interchange Hall in Yonaguni to commemorate the completion of the remote island telecommunication infrastructure improvement project which connects Okinawa...

Governor Onaga to visit US to lobby Trump administration on base issue

January 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Takeshi Onaga is scheduled to visit the United States from January 30 to February 5, according to an announcement from the Okinawa prefectural office on January 16.

The Trump administration will be inaugurated in the United States on January 20....

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