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Okinawa breaks record with 589 new centenarians, oldest is 113 years

Okinawa breaks record with 589 new centenarians, oldest is 113 years

September 16, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 15, Senior Citizen’s Day (Roujin no Hi), Okinawa Prefecture announced 589 residents (83 men and 506 women) turned 100 years old this year as of September 1—an increase of 98 from the previous year, marking a record high. The total number of Okinawans aged 100 and above rose by 54 to 1,269 (143 men and 1,126 women), the highest ever.

 

The oldest centenarian this year is Matsu Gaja of Nakagusuku at 113 years...

 

Valuable coral from construction site crushed into pieces and anchored at transplantation site

Valuable coral from construction site crushed into pieces and anchored at transplantation site

September 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

The coral reefs spread throughout Oura Bay in Nago City are abundant in diverse coral varieties including Acropora, Poritidae, and Heliopora coerulea. Due to construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility, coral within the zones...

Over 30,000 signatures calling for Japanese Government to halt plans to use soil from Southern Okinawa Island, Gamafuya representative Gushiken also calls for DNA testing on remains

Over 30,000 signatures calling for Japanese Government to halt plans to use soil from Southern Okinawa Island, Gamafuya representative Gushiken also calls for DNA testing on remains

September 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – On September 14, Takamatsu Gushiken participated in negotiations held at the National Diet with representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, and called for a halt of plans to use soil from...

“SPAM Musubi,” originally from Okinawa, gains popularity throughout Japan, becomes best seller at Family Mart in August

“SPAM Musubi,” originally from Okinawa, gains popularity throughout Japan, becomes best seller at Family Mart in August

September 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Family Mart (Tokyo – Kensuke Hosomi, CEO) started selling a pork and egg musubi “SPAM Musubi – Tuna Mayonnaise” (248 yen, tax included) throughout Japan in August, and it has quickly overtaken staples such as their grilled salmon musubi...

Miyakojima’s place of power “Pumpkin Hole” is being destroyed by increase of tourists, cave stalactites are also breaking

Miyakojima’s place of power “Pumpkin Hole” is being destroyed by increase of tourists, cave stalactites are also breaking

September 13, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Bora Environmental Protection Committee (BEPC, Kaname Sunagawa, president), made of up of the residents in Bora Gusukube in Miyakojima, and the Miyakojima Fishery Collaboration Association (Hirotsugu Kuriyama, president) demanded Miyakojima City investigate...

“Furious” Ginowan City Council adopts resolution and written opinion opposing U.S. military’s disposal of water treated for PFAS

“Furious” Ginowan City Council adopts resolution and written opinion opposing U.S. military’s disposal of water treated for PFAS

September 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Ginowan – At the September meeting of the Ginowan City Council on September 8, the council unanimously adopted a resolution and written opinion opposing the U.S. Military’s disposal of polluted water containing PFAS (organofluorine compounds)...

Governor Tamaki talks about main points of economic reopening project, outlines Okinawa’s pandemic response measures asking business to stay closed with the extension of the state of emergency

Governor Tamaki talks about main points of economic reopening project, outlines Okinawa’s pandemic response measures asking business to stay closed with the extension of the state of emergency

September 10, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki held a conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office September 9, where he announced Okinawa’s policy measures for dealing with the COVID-19 state of emergency, which was extended to the end of September. Tamaki explained...

Okinawa government requests U.S. aircraft noise abatement measures for another year in a row

Okinawa government requests U.S. aircraft noise abatement measures for another year in a row

September 9, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 7 the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) requested aircraft noise abatement in the areas surrounding Kadena Air Base and Futenma Air Station. The OPG lodged this request with five people in Japan and the United States, including people involved...

LaSalle Parsons, Catholic priest and human rights activist in Okinawa, dies at 90

LaSalle Parsons, Catholic priest and human rights activist in Okinawa, dies at 90

September 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

LaSalle Parsons, Catholic priest and president of a local group to deliberate life, death and aging (Sei to Shi to Oi wo Mitsumeru Kai) died of old age at 6:43 p.m. on September 4 at a monastery in Oroku, Naha City, at the age of 90. He...

Okinawa Products Enterprise Corporation imports technology from Taiwan to build plant factory in Tomigusuku, will grow organic produce

Okinawa Products Enterprise Corporation imports technology from Taiwan to build plant factory in Tomigusuku, will grow organic produce

 

September 7, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

Okinawa Products Enterprise Corporation (OPEC, Naha, Tomoaki Haneji, president) has imported farming technology from Taiwan, and are continuing on constructing a plant factory in Tomigusuku. They are planning on getting it operational...

Okinawaya store constructs 3-meter tall Shisa statues on Kokusai-dori to provide spiritual protection from COVID-19 for Okinawa

Okinawaya store constructs 3-meter tall Shisa statues on Kokusai-dori to provide spiritual protection from COVID-19 for Okinawa

August 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawaya installed giant Shisa statues that reach over three meters in height in front of their flagship store on Kokusai-dori in Makishi, Naha, delighting both Okinawans and tourists who visit the street.

Each statue weighs 300 kilograms...