Archive for January, 2020

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Okinawa to implement policy to limit the number of people who can enter Iriomote Island, which may become a World Natural Heritage Site

Okinawa to implement policy to limit the number of people who can enter Iriomote Island, which may become a World Natural Heritage Site

January 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
Ryota Shimabukuro

Okinawa Prefecture, which is trying to get four of their islands, Amami Oshima, Tokunoshima, the northern part of Okinawa’s main island, and Iriomote, will implement a policy that limits the number of tourists who can enter the town of Takemi on Iriomote, as part of a “master plan” to formulate sustainable tourism this year.

The limit will not be a regulation but rather a target number, and the plan is to regularly monitor...

 

New species of “most beautiful” jellyfish found for first time in 114 years in Okinawa

New species of “most beautiful” jellyfish found for first time in 114 years in Okinawa

January 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 7, the Kuroshio Biological Research Institute announced it discovered a new jellyfish species among the specimen they collected in Northern Okinawa and named it Olindias deigo (Japanese: Deigo-hanagasa-kurage).

It is the first time in 114 years...

New goby species discovered in deep sea around Okinawa identified by the Okinawa Churashima Foundation and OIST called Yuuna Goby due to characteristic yellow color

New goby species discovered in deep sea around Okinawa identified by the Okinawa Churashima Foundation and OIST called Yuuna Goby due to characteristic yellow color

January 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Motobu and Onna – On January 8th, it was announced that the Okinawa Churashima Foundation and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) had determined that the goby specimen discovered by the foundation in the deep sea around Onna...

Governor asks for MCAS Futenma closure, end to Henoko construction in New Year’s greeting

Governor asks for MCAS Futenma closure, end to Henoko construction in New Year’s greeting

January 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of January 6, when government offices start work, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki delivered a New Year’s greeting broadcast from the governor’s reception office in the Prefectural Office.

In a message to government workers, he said,...

Ryukyu University using drones, satellites and fixed cameras to clean up ocean garbage

Ryukyu University using drones, satellites and fixed cameras to clean up ocean garbage

January 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A collaboration of research teams from organizations that include private businesses, the University of the Ryukyus, and Nagasaki University launched a project to survey ocean garbage coming ashore using satellites, drones, and fixed cameras on January 7.

The...

Hog Cholera raises concern in Okinawa where “pork is culture”

Hog Cholera raises concern in Okinawa where “pork is culture”

January 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pork dishes are indispensable to Okinawan cuisine—Okinawa soba, san-mai niku (braised pork belly), tebichi (stewed pork feet), soki-jiru (pork spare ribs soup) and mimiga (crunchy pig’s ear), to name a few.

The news of Classical Swine Fever (CSF),...

Sayuri Yoshinaga and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s emotional ode to Okinawa

Sayuri Yoshinaga and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s emotional ode to Okinawa

January 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A charity concert was held on Jan. 5 by actress Sayuri Yoshinaga and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto at the Okinawa Convention Center Theater in Ginowan City.

Sakamoto’s sophisticated piano performance and Yoshinaga’s poetry reading, which spoke to the preciousness...

Scarred for life, by the Imperial Japanese Army — Two Canadian survivors of WWII in Asia who died in 2019 —

Satoko Oka Norimatsu

As we approach the 75th anniversary year of the end of World War II and the Asia-Pacific War, I would like to write about the war experience of two Canadian men who died this year.

One is Marius van Dijk van Nooten, who died on August 23 at age 88 in White Rock,...

Ryuichi Sakamoto visits Henoko base construction site, says there is no justification for destroying nature to build base

Ryuichi Sakamoto visits Henoko base construction site, says there is no justification for destroying nature to build base

January 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of January 3, world-renowned musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, 67, visited the sea area where a new military base is being constructed off the coast of Henoko, Nago.

“There is no justification for destroying this beautiful natural environment...

Ministry of Defense postpones two Henoko-related construction projects to focus on soft ground in Henoko Bay

Ministry of Defense postpones two Henoko-related construction projects to focus on soft ground in Henoko Bay

January 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has decided to postpone two projects appropriated for 2019 related to the new base construction in Henoko, Nago City, such as the redirection of a waterway that runs through Camp Schwab.

This was done in order to...

Editorial: Welcoming the New Year – Toward a Functioning Democracy

January 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

It is now 2020. We hope this year becomes one in which Okinawans demonstrate their autonomy and rebuild the extremely shaky foundations of democracy.

In the House of Representatives, the ruling party holds an absolute majority. It feels as though the National...