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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 this year, and hope to have their first harvest as soon as January 2022. Similar to other gardening facilities, it will cultivate organic vegetables using sunlight and hydroponics. Most plant...

 

Ministry of Defense adds 10 installations in Okinawa to the drone no-fly zone list

Ministry of Defense adds 10 installations in Okinawa to the drone no-fly zone list

August 10, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – The Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced August 6 that they were adding three Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) installations and seven U.S. military installations such as the U.S. Naha Military Port and JSDF Camp Naha to the list of locations that restricts...

After Okinawa and Amami made the World Natural Heritage List, Governor Tamaki affirms they need to “Make it last 1,000 years”

After Okinawa and Amami made the World Natural Heritage List, Governor Tamaki affirms they need to “Make it last 1,000 years”

July 27, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Prefectural Office held a “World Natural Heritage List Recognition Watch Party” on July 26, to watch the moment when Okinawa and Amami would be officially recognized as a World Natural Heritage site, with Governor Tamaki among others...

Coral spawning on the same night as super moon lunar eclipse, alignment of ocean and cosmos

Coral spawning on the same night as super moon lunar eclipse, alignment of ocean and cosmos

May 27, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hideaki Yoneda

 

Coral spawning was observed on the night of May 26 at Aharen Beach in Tokashiki Village. Takashi Matsuda, 49, of the local diving shop Relax Island Tokashiki caught photographs of the spawning. There was a total lunar eclipse...

Okinawan language usage down 13.5 points in FY 2020: 84% feel affection, 43% speak it

Okinawan language usage down 13.5 points in FY 2020: 84% feel affection, 43% speak it

May 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 30, the prefectural government’s Culture, Tourism, and Sports Department announced the 2020 survey results on the familiarity of shimakutuba (the Okinawan language) among locals. Approximately 80% of respondents said they feel close to or have...

Family all smiles digging for shellfish on Hamauri, the third day of the third month on the traditional lunar calendar

Family all smiles digging for shellfish on Hamauri, the third day of the third month on the traditional lunar calendar

April 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Hamauri, which is the third day of the third month in the traditional lunar calendar and landed on April 14 this year, families all over Okinawa could be seen enjoying themselves down at the beach digging for shellfish at low tide. Around the mid-sea...

Uber Eats to expand service to Uruma and Okinawa Cities beginning Feb 18

Uber Eats to expand service to Uruma and Okinawa Cities beginning Feb 18

February 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 4, the food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats announced it will expand its service to parts of Okinawa City and Uruma City beginning February 18.

The platform has partnered with approximately 45 restaurants in the two cities....

Takeoffs/landings at Futenma Air Station in 2020 reaches record high of 17,500 for the year

Takeoffs/landings at Futenma Air Station in 2020 reaches record high of 17,500 for the year

February 3, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

According to a visual inspection conducted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau starting in April 2017, the number of takeoffs/landings performed by aircraft at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma for the year of 2020 was 17,500, the highest number...

President Joe Biden’s inauguration speech 

President Joe Biden's inauguration speech 

January 20, 2021  Ryukyu Shimpo

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on 20 January and delivered first remarks.

President inauguration speech is posted below.

 

◆President Joe Biden’s inauguration speech

Chief Justice Roberts,...

Naha sakura make their “blooming declaration” 14 days earlier than average, with high of 22.6 degrees

Naha sakura make their “blooming declaration” 14 days earlier than average, with high of 22.6 degrees

January 5, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 4, the Okinawa Regional Headquarters of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced that the hikanzakura cherry trees in Naha started blooming on that day and that the plum trees had started blooming on December 31, 2020. The hikanzakura...

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Takaaki Kajita speaks to high school students at OIST, tells of the mysteries of space and the “strength to persevere”

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Takaaki Kajita speaks to high school students at OIST, tells of the mysteries of space and the “strength to persevere”

November 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 28, Takaaki Kajita, director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research at the University of Tokyo who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2015, gave a speech at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University...