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PCR testing in Naha meant to be limited to Matsuyama ends one hour early after an unexpected number of people arrived, causing long lines and traffic congestion

PCR testing in Naha meant to be limited to Matsuyama ends one hour early after an unexpected number of people arrived, causing long lines and traffic congestion

August 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the first day of the prefectural emergency declared by Okinawa August 1, 58 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed as the spread of the disease shows no signs of slowing down. In Naha, where PCR testing is being conducted, large numbers of people concerned they have contracted the virus are lining up, while the shopping district is deserted on the first weekend of the two week voluntary quarantine. While families could be seen at resorts on the first day of...

 

Hawaii Okinawa Association sells 8,400 Okinawan doughnuts in 3 days

Hawaii Okinawa Association sells 8,400 Okinawan doughnuts in 3 days

August 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hanae Gushiken Higa

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) set up a drive-thru for customers to pick up their pre-ordered sata-andagi, a traditional Okinawan treat, at the Hawaii Okinawa Center on July 19. The deep-fried Okinawan sweets are popular...

Summer bullfighting festival cancelled for first time ever due to COVID-19

July 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Uruma – The Okinawa Bullfighting Association (Masakazu Koji, President) held a meeting on July 26, where they decided to cancel the “11th All-Okinawa Summer Bullfighting Festival” set to take place at the Ishikawa Dome in Uruma in August. This will be the first...

Hateruma-jima sugarcane crops affected by biggest draught in 40 years

Hateruma-jima sugarcane crops affected by biggest draught in 40 years

July 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hateruma-jima, an island of Taketomi, has not received any significant amount of rain since June 9. The draught is increasingly affecting sugarcane crops on the island; in addition to leaf rolling—the plant’s mechanism to keep moisture from escaping, some of...

World Uchinanchu Festival plan for October 2021 under reconsideration due to coronavirus

World Uchinanchu Festival plan for October 2021 under reconsideration due to coronavirus

July 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A panel of experts called the Universal Shinryo Council on Overseas Networks has been established to listen to the public opinion of Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki’s ongoing management of the Okinawa prefectural administration. The first meeting of this Council...

“A crisis that threatens the island” Kudaka Island asks visitors to stay away

“A crisis that threatens the island” Kudaka Island asks visitors to stay away

July 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nanjo – On July 30, an announcement on the Kudaka Island, Nanjo website called for visitors to refrain from coming to the island to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The request takes effect on August 1 and will continue for the time being. The announcement...

Fireworks in Itoman and Uruma in hopes of an end to the coronavirus pandemic

Fireworks in Itoman and Uruma in hopes of an end to the coronavirus pandemic

July 25, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of July 24, just after the date one year before the planned start of the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, fireworks were launched simultaneously around the country in the hope of adding a bit of brightness and...

Promote Koza’s charms: number of Okinawa City’s tour guides reach 180

Promote Koza’s charms: number of Okinawa City’s tour guides reach 180

July 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa City—On July 16, the Okinawa City Tourism and Products Promotion Association (chaired by Takashi Shimabukuro) concluded its 15th tour-guide training program, which aims to cultivate leaders to disseminate Okinawa City’s diverse culture and history. With...

Base employees rush to get tested two weeks after cases were confirmed on base, with some calling the testing “too late” and others wanting to quit their jobs

Base employees rush to get tested two weeks after cases were confirmed on base, with some calling the testing “too late” and others wanting to quit their jobs

July 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Okinawa on July 25, the most single-day cases announced by the prefecture so far. Meanwhile, Okinawa prefecture has come to understand that there are a total of 229 cases from U.S. military personnel on the island,...

A catch of suku is unloaded at port, energizing Ojima Island in Nanjo

A catch of suku is unloaded at port, energizing Ojima Island in Nanjo

July 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nanjo – On July 21, which corresponds to June 1 on the old lunisolar calendar, a catch of suku (baby rabbit fish), also called the “ocean bonus” was hauled in to Ojima Island in Tamagusuku, Nanjo. Stores on the island that sell the fish were bustling with locals...

Editorial: 13% of children live in poverty—stop the pandemic from exacerbating inequality

July 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the latest National Lifestyle Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the childhood poverty rate in Japan is at 13.5%, meaning one in seven children live in poverty. The result indicates no improvement was made since the previous...