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Humpback whale family enjoys swiming in harbor in Tokashiki

Humpback whale family enjoys swiming in harbor in Tokashiki

February 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

As whale watching season reaches its peak, a family of humback whales was found swimming in the harbor near Tokashiki island for about four hours from 10:00 a.m. on February 14.

The family of whales was seen around Gusukujima and the Tokashiki harbor seawall starting February 13.

The whales remained around the same area.

 

A photographer living in Tokashiki village, Kazunori Nagatani, chartered a boat to take...

 

Sake cup gifted to Konoe Iehiro 300 years ago by Tei Junsoku found preserved in Kyoto

Sake cup gifted to Konoe Iehiro 300 years ago by Tei Junsoku found preserved in Kyoto

 

February 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Recently it came to light that the Yomei Bunko Foundation of Kyoto has been preserving some artifacts relating to the Ryukyu Kingdom for about 300 years.

Among these items are a particular sake cup (called the Kōrinkaihai)...

Osprey aerial refueling confirmed near the hamlet of Ada

Osprey aerial refueling confirmed near the hamlet of Ada

 

February 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

It was confirmed around 5:45 p.m. on February 14 that a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 transport Osprey was engaging in aerial refueling near the hamlet of Ada, Kunigami Village.

The cause of the crash in Abu, Nago City...

Memorial statue commemorating the landing of John Manjiro unveiled at Odo Beach in Itoman

Memorial statue commemorating the landing of John Manjiro unveiled at Odo Beach in Itoman

 

February 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Itoman – A statue commemorating the landing of John Manjiro on Odo Beach in Itoman, Okinawa, aptly named the, “John Manjiro Landing Memorial,” was unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Itoman City February 18. The day marked the anniversary...

Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education requests the suspension of flight above schools

Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education requests the suspension of flight above schools

 

February 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On February 15, Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education Superintendent Shojin Heshiki met with Ministry of Defense Okinawa Defense Bureau (OBD) Director Kouichiro Nakajima. Superintendent Heshiki verbally requested for...

Minister of Defense says internal communication delays by U.S. military caused late reporting on dropped Osprey engine intake, no apology from U.S. military

Minister of Defense says internal communication delays by U.S. military caused late reporting on dropped Osprey engine intake, no apology from U.S. military

 

February 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera spoke at a press conference concerning the accident wherein an engine intake falling from an MV-22 Osprey February 16.

Regarding the issue of the late notification from...

Former Defense Minister Kyuma doubts need for Henoko base due to military technological advancements

Former Defense Minister Kyuma doubts need for Henoko base due to military technological advancements

 

February 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Former Minister of Defense Fumio Kyuma, who was also the director-general of the Defense Agency at the time of the Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) final report and when the agreement to build on the shore on Camp Schwab...

Foreign workers in Okinawa reaches largest record number of 7310 people

Foreign workers in Okinawa reaches largest record number of 7310 people

 

February 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 8, the Okinawa Labor Bureau announced that the number of foreign workers in Okinawa Prefecture reached a record high of 7,310 people (as of October 2017), an increase of 1,339 (22.4%) from the same month the previous year.

The...

Okinawan’s from all over the world embrace in Peru at the World Youth Uchinanchu Festival

Okinawan’s from all over the world embrace in Peru at the World Youth Uchinanchu Festival

 

February 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Special Correspondent Lima Tokumori

 

The 6th World Youth Uchinanchu Festival (hosted by the festival’s executive committee) held the round table discussion, closing ceremony, and grand finale February 10 at the Peru Okinawa...

Uchinanchu gather in Peru for Sixth World Youth Uchinanchu Festival

Uchinanchu gather in Peru for Sixth World Youth Uchinanchu Festival

 

February 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Peruvian Correspondent Mitsuhiro Akamine

 

The Sixth World Youth Uchinanchu Festival commenced in the evening on February 6 local time in Lima, Peru (Japan time February 7).

The festival attracts young people of Okinawan...

Nago residents celebrate Susumu Inamine for his completed terms as mayor

Nago residents celebrate Susumu Inamine for his completed terms as mayor

 

February 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 7, a party to celebrate the end of Inamine’s term as mayor was held at the Nago City Office.

 

In his farewell address Inamine said, “The only regret weighing on my mind is the work I left...

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