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Beloved local store to be re-built by third-generation owners after operating for over fifty years

Beloved local store to be re-built by third-generation owners after operating for over fifty years

October 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Kina

Motobu – The Nakasone Store, which has been operating for over 50 years in the Toguchi neighborhood of Motobu near the Motobu Town Market, will be undergoing a rebuild due to deterioration. The shop familiar to many with a history in the area will be moving to a temporary location, after which the original building will be torn down. Second-generation owner Junko Nakasone said, “It will be sad to see it go, but we want to create...

 

Naha District Court dismisses lawsuit for referendum about GSDF deployment to Ishigaki City

Naha District Court dismisses lawsuit for referendum about GSDF deployment to Ishigaki City

August 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On August 27 in the Naha District Court (Judge Kaoru Hirayama presiding), a decision was handed down in the public trial of the lawsuit requesting that the city shoulder the responsibility of conducting a local referendum concerning the plan to deploy...

Koza’s Air in a Can: Okinawa City Tourism & Products Association launches Gate Street Edition

Koza’s Air in a Can:  Okinawa City Tourism & Products Association launches Gate Street Edition

August 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hikaru Masaki

Okinawa – The air of Koza in a can! Following the example of canned air from certain regions or eras sold throughout Japan, the Okinawa City Tourism & Products Association (OCTPA) began selling Koza’s Air: Gate Street Edition on...

Okisho students devise recycling campaign: ‘high schoolers can contribute to SDGs too’

Okisho students devise recycling campaign: ‘high schoolers can contribute to SDGs too’

August 28, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sora Koki, 16, and Riara Kishimae, 16, are second-year students at Okinawa Shogaku High School and are the masterminds behind the Eco Cap Campaign, a school-wide project to collect and recycle plastic bottle caps. The campaign was tied to the United Nations Sustainable...

Editorial: All bases should be put on lockdown in light of 61 confirmed U.S. military coronavirus cases

July 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on U.S. military bases in Okinawa rose to 61 from July 7 to 11. July 11 saw 45 cases, nearly three times the number (16) the previous day. The Okinawa Prefectural Government assesses that clusters are occurring at U.S. Marine...

Protest sit-in against Henoko new base construction celebrates its seventh Tanabata holiday

Protest sit-in against Henoko new base construction celebrates its seventh Tanabata holiday

July 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Henoko reporting team) On July 6, citizens gathered in front of the gate to the U.S. military’s Camp Schwab to protest the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago, Okinawa as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The signboard showing...

LDP heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba says Henoko relocation is “not the only solution”

LDP heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba says Henoko relocation is “not the only solution”

July 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo—Former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party spoke before a group of editorial writers from Kyodo News member newspapers on July 2. Ishiba commented on the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago...

Okinawa is first in Japan to see end of rainy season

Okinawa is first in Japan to see end of rainy season

June 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced that the rainy season in Okinawa appears to be over. This is 11 days earlier than the end of rainy season in an average year (June 23) and 28 days earlier compared to last year, which was the latest end...

“The eggs are Okinawa’s pollock roe!” 76 year-old fisherman’s solo pursuit of in-season Hichiguwa

“The eggs are Okinawa’s pollock roe!” 76 year-old fisherman’s solo pursuit of in-season Hichiguwa

May 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
Text and Photography by Hiroyuki Takatsuji

“People used to call these the fisherman’s bonus, but no one spares them a second glance in this day and age,” says Yoshikatsu Yamashiro showing the fish he caught. Katsu, as his friends call him, is a suntanned...

Okinawan economic organizations come together to call for aid for business owners from Governor Tamaki amid coronavirus pandemic

Okinawan economic organizations come together to call for aid for business owners from Governor Tamaki amid coronavirus pandemic

March 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Representatives from 12 economic organizations in Okinawa gathered at the Okinawa Harbor View Hotel in Naha March 31 for a Committee of Okinawan Economic Organizations meeting (Denichiro Ishimine, chair), where they asked Governor Denny Tamaki to enact emergency...

Editorial: Expert panel calls for public discourse on base-issues

March 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

How should Henoko’s military base construction issue, stemming from the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, be addressed? An expert panel recently provided an answer to this question.

Okinawa prefecture previously formed the “Bankoku...