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Henoko embankment work has continued for a month

Henoko embankment work has continued for a month

May 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

May 25th marked one month since the commencement of embankment work in Henoko, the first stage of land reclamation for Futenma Air Station’s replacement facility. The Ryukyu Shimpo photographed the construction area from the sky with a small wireless helicopter and confirmed there were crushed stones spread over the beach and a stone wall extending linearly towards the sea side.

The Japanese government launched the embankment work on April 25th. On the...

 

2,000 people hold rally, vowing to block construction of new US base in front of Camp Schwab gate in Henoko

2,000 people hold rally, vowing to block construction of new US base in front of Camp Schwab gate in Henoko

May 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, the All Okinawa Council held a rally seeking to stop the K9 seawall construction and never allow the environment to be destroyed. The council aims to block the construction of the new U.S. base in Henoko,...

Former No. 1 golfer Ai Miyazato retires, saying she can longer maintain her motivation

May 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference held on May 29 at a hotel in Tokyo, former Rolex world No. 1 pro golf player Ai Miyazato, 31, announced she is retiring because her motivation “cannot be maintained”.

She revealed that she decided to retire last summer. “I...

Kanehide Group Chairman Goya: 70 years after founding, group aims to expand overseas, make 20% of directors women

Kanehide Group Chairman Goya: 70 years after founding, group aims to expand overseas, make 20% of directors women

May 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 24, the Ryukyu Shimpo interviewed Kanehide Group Chairman Morimasa Goya, who said the group is ready to embark on more multifaceted and diversified business ventures, including expanding overseas. Kanehide Group marks the 70th anniversary of its founding on...

Multilingual support for foreign tourists increases 9% to 7,145 cases according to 2016 contact center report

Multilingual support for foreign tourists increases 9% to 7,145 cases according to 2016 contact center report

May 25, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) released their 2016 report for the Multilingual Contact Center, which handles foreign visitors. The number of support cases for 2016 increased 8.7% from the previous year to 7,145. A large number of requests...

Okinawa is the “treasure trove” for discovering prehistoric human remains

May 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Human remains from the Old Stone Age or Japan’s Paleolithic era, which is more than 16,000 years ago, have been found at 10 different ruins within Okinawa. In Japan, there are more than 10,000 ruins from the Old Stone Age. Despite that, discovering human remains...

Onaga says 74% disapproval poll shows Okinawans find Henoko base circumstances “outrageous”

Onaga says 74% disapproval poll shows Okinawans find Henoko base circumstances “outrageous”

May 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

At a press conference on May 26 Governor Takeshi Onaga commented on a recent public opinion poll that took place after the Supreme Court of Japan handed down the decision against Okinawa concerning the revocation of landfill reclamation approval. The...

Orion Beer celebrates its 60th anniversary, looks to represent Okinawan industry in the global market

Orion Beer celebrates its 60th anniversary, looks to represent Okinawan industry in the global market

May 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Orion Breweries, Ltd (Urasoe, Okinawa; Yoshio Kadekaru, President), widely known as Okinawa’s hometown beer, reached the 60th anniversary of its founding on May 18. 12 years after the conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa, at a time when the industrial infrastructure...

World Boxing Council titleholder Higa of Okinawa bound for Ryukyu Shimpo sports honor award

World Boxing Council titleholder Higa of Okinawa bound for Ryukyu Shimpo sports honor award

May 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan boxer Daigo Higa of Shira Gushiken Sports Gym recently took the World Boxing Council (WBC) Flyweight title. He has inspired many Okinawans, and the Ryukyu Shimpo sports honor award will be bestowed upon him on June 9. A ceremony will be held that evening...

Higa wins WBC Flyweight title, becomes first Okinawan world champion in 25 years

Higa wins WBC Flyweight title, becomes first Okinawan world champion in 25 years

May 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan boxer Daigo Higa, 21, of the Shirai-Gushiken gym and ranked first in the world, captured the WBC Flyweight world title at a match held at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on the evening of May 20. He defeated Mexican Juan Hernandez, 30, with a technical knockout...

Fearless bullfights entertain 4000 onlookers

Fearless bullfights entertain 4000 onlookers

May 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 107th Spring Island-Wide Bullfight was held at the multipurpose dome in Ishikawa, Uruma City on May 14. A total of 24 excellent bulls were selected from the 19 bullfight associations in the prefecture. The bulls waged savage battles and entertained the audience....

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