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Futenma Daini Elementary sports field evacuated 242 times over 39 days for U.S. military flights

Futenma Daini Elementary sports field evacuated 242 times over 39 days for U.S. military flights

April 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In December last year a window from a large U.S. military helicopter fell on the sports field of Futenma Daini Elementary School in Ginowan City, Okinawa.

The sports field was reopened for use on February 13 and remained open until the end of the school’s third term on March 23.

Futenma Daini Elementary concluded that over these 39 days of the field being open for use, pupils had to evacuate the field and take shelter inside 242...

 

Parachute dropped by U.S. soldier lands on farm 50 meters from house in Ie, residents claim military “Does whatever they want”

 

April 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It was learned on April 4 that during parachute training conducted by U.S. soldiers on April 3 at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield in Ie, Okinawa, a parachute was dropped outside of the designated area. The parachute landed about 50 meters from...

Eisa Hall opens in Okinawa city for visitors to practice

Eisa Hall opens in Okinawa city for visitors to practice

 

March 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

An opening ceremony for Eisa Hall was held at Koza Music Town in Okinawa city on March 25, with many citizens attending the ceremony. The facility is expected to play a role as a comprehensive information hub...

Japan’s first ever snake eel that lives in river found in Genka River

Japan’s first ever snake eel that lives in river found in Genka River

 

April 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 5, the research group of Okinawa Churashima Foundation Research Center announced that the snake eel found at the Genka River of Nago City last June was in fact a Mindoro snake eel Lamnostoma mindorum.

This particular Hydrophiinae...

Ryukyuan ballet entertains audience in U.S. in its first overseas performance

Ryukyuan ballet entertains audience in U.S. in its first overseas performance

 

March 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The NS Ryukyuan Ballet Company led by Director Sayo Nagasaki held its first overseas performance at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. The group performed an original ballet that incorporates various factors such as...

Ishigaki City and Taketomi Town become first area in Japan designated under Dark Sky Places Program

Ishigaki City and Taketomi Town become first area in Japan designated under Dark Sky Places Program

April 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 2, Ishigaki City and Taketomi Town were together designated as a Dark Sky Place by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) based in Arizona.

It is the first time a location in Japan has received accreditation through the Dark Sky...

Okinawa Prefecture envisions becoming a cruise hub as “The Caribbean of the East”

Okinawa Prefecture envisions becoming a cruise hub as “The Caribbean of the East”

 

March 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Prefecture announced “The Caribbean of the East Initiative,” March...

Emperor and Empress enjoy Okinawa karate demonstration on their last official visit to Okinawa

Emperor and Empress enjoy Okinawa karate demonstration on their last official visit to Okinawa

 

March 30, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 29, the Emperor and Empress concluded their supposedly last official visit to Okinawa and flew back to Tokyo from Naha Airport with their special plane.

On the final day, they visited the Okinawa Karate Kaikan in Tomigusuku...

Tokashiki Village holds memorial service for mass suicide victims

Tokashiki Village holds memorial service for mass suicide victims

 

March 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On March 28 at Shiratama no To, Tokashiki Village hosted a memorial service for those who died in the “collective suicide” (compulsory mass suicide) 73 years prior on March 28, 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa.

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Civilian aircraft not permitted in Iejima training airspace despite 1985 U.S.-Japan agreement

Civilian aircraft not permitted in Iejima training airspace despite 1985 U.S.-Japan agreement

 

March 30, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A 1985 agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments gives civilian aircraft permission to enter U.S. military training airspace around Iejima at an altitude above 5000 feet (1524 meters). However on March 29 this year, the Marine...

CV-22 Osprey set to deploy at Yokota Air Base also being used for night training in Okinawa, has a higher accident rate than the MV-22

 

March 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – The U.S. military announced that the CV-22 Osprey scheduled to deploy...

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