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Okinawa to be nice and warm through the end of January, with some days hitting highs of 25° C

Okinawa to be nice and warm through the end of January, with some days hitting highs of 25° C

January 18, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yuki Karimata

 

The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced in the “Early weather report concerning heat” that the Okinawa region would experience a gentle pressure system with high barometric pressure to the west, with a low-pressure system to the east, bringing in warm and wet air from the south, leading to hot weather through January 23-24. They are forecasting highs of around 24-25° C, and that the warm weather will carry...

 

Proportion of coronavirus cases on U.S. bases in Okinawa exceeds proportions in Europe and U.S.

Proportion of coronavirus cases on U.S. bases in Okinawa exceeds proportions in Europe and U.S.

January 13, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

 

The number of people newly infected with the novel coronavirus on January 12 on U.S. military bases in Okinawa came to 295 people. According to calculations by this newspaper, when calculating the number of newly-infected...

Heron spotting hunting bugs after sugarcane harvest in Komesu, Itoman

Heron spotting hunting bugs after sugarcane harvest in Komesu, Itoman

January 14, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By John Matsumoto

 

On Okinawa’s main island and in the Yaeyama islands January 13, a high-pressure system from the Asian continent brought with it some chilly weather and a little rain. In the fields of Komesu, Itoman, where the sugarcane...

Family of humpback whales hang around Zamami as whale-watching season arrives

Family of humpback whales hang around Zamami as whale-watching season arrives

January 10, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hirokazu Ohtsubo

 

Every year, from the end of December until the following April, humpback whales visit the waters of Kerama Islands to breed. During this whale watching season, whales have been spotted one after another in Zamami and Tokashiki...

Hospital staffing shortages lead to reduced COVID-19 capacity and limited emergency services

Hospital staffing shortages lead to reduced COVID-19 capacity and limited emergency services

January 14, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takuya Kayo

 

On January 13, it was revealed that at 90 hospitals in Okinawa Prefecture, including major medical facilities, that accept COVID-19 patients, there are 989 healthcare workers absent from work. Although 648 hospital beds had...

The streets of U.S. bases become ghost towns as restrictions on leaving residences begin, food and drink establishments hope for a “quick resolution”

The streets of U.S. bases become ghost towns as restrictions on leaving residences begin, food and drink establishments hope for a “quick resolution”

January 11, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Ryota ShimabukuroBy Ryota Shimabukuro [Central/Northern Okinawa] – Facing the spread of COVID-19 amongst U.S. service men and women stationed in Japan, restrictions against U.S. military personnel leaving their residence except for necessities...

Hatoyama says strengthening of SDF presence in Nansei Islands is based on “antiquated ideas”

Hatoyama says strengthening of SDF presence in Nansei Islands is based on “antiquated ideas”

January 4, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shinji Sano

 

On December 17, the East Asian Community Institute held a town meeting in Miyakojima City titled “Contemplating Miyako Island missile deployment and how the current situation in Miyako Island and the Nansei Islands might be...

Japanese government demands U.S. soldiers limit going outside, enact effective coronavirus prevention measures

Japanese government demands U.S. soldiers limit going outside, enact effective coronavirus prevention measures

January 7, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Manabu Saito and Shoehi Tsukazaki

 

Tokyo – Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on the phone January 6, where he requested that the U.S. military thoroughly strengthen measures...

Pink cherry blossoms bloom against blue sky in Nago ahead of Sakura Suubu contest

Pink cherry blossoms bloom against blue sky in Nago ahead of Sakura Suubu contest

January 5, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Cherry blossoms are blooming at Nago Castle Park, a famous cherry blossom spot, and nearly in full bloom at one home in Agarie, Nago City.

 

The residence has previously won the Sakura Suubu, Agarie’s annual community contest...

Eighty students of all ages join year’s first karate practice on beach

Eighty students of all ages join year’s first karate practice on beach

January 4, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Erina Ishii

 

On January 3, the Shorin Ryu Kyudokan Meihokai Kids Karate School located in Nagata in Ginowan, Okinawa, held their first practice of the new year at Tropical Beach. Approximately 80 students, from four-year-old children to adults,...

In year-opening statement, Governor Tamaki plans to release a proposal for the 50th anniversary of the reversion “taking into account the opinions of Okinawan residents,” resolves to reduce the burden of U.S. military bases

In year-opening statement, Governor Tamaki plans to release a proposal for the 50th anniversary of the reversion “taking into account the opinions of Okinawan residents,” resolves to reduce the burden of U.S. military bases

January 4, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki delivered year-opening remarks to employees at the Okinawa Prefectural Office on January 4, and said regarding the 50th anniversary of Okinawa being reverted to Japanese control, “We will take into consideration the...