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Trainees from the Philippines help elderly rice farmers in Tokashiki

Trainees from the Philippines help elderly rice farmers in Tokashiki

July 3, 2014 Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 29 in Tokashiki Village, rice harvesting began. Rice farmers have been busy gathering golden-colored paddy rice such as Milky Queen and Hitomebore. As farmers face a labor shortage due to the ageing population, three agriculture trainees from the Philippines have provided some relief to elderly farmers at the Toyama Farm. The farmers appreciated the trainees’ help.

Sacrificing their holiday for work, the trainees...

 

Seal in the sea off Tokashiki Island found dead

June 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A seal that appeared in the sea near Tokashiki Island on June 24 was found dead in a puddle of water between rocks in the southernmost part of the island on June 28. The body was moved to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu to examine the cause of death by autopsy...

Seal appears in the sea of Tokashiki Island

Seal appears in the sea of Tokashiki Island

June 25, 2014 Hideaki Yoneda correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, a seal originating from the North Sea was confirmed to be swimming in the sea near Tokashiki Island. At 8:30 a.m. on the same day, Kazuhiro Tamaki and Hayato Nakamura, members of the Tokashiki Fishery Association, found...

Rainy season ends in Okinawa

Rainy season ends in Okinawa

June 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 26, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced the rainy season had ended in Okinawa. The rainy season usually ends around June 23. Last year it ended on June 11. A spokesperson from the observatory said, “The season ended later than usual.”

The...

Okinawa woodpecker habitats move south to Nago area

June 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Special Natural Monument the Okinawa woodpecker, which lives mainly in three villages, including Kunigami, Ogimi and Higashi, has moved its habitat to mountain forest in the Genka district of Nago. The Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center confirmed the habitat shift...

Summer vegetable uncheba harvest under cloudy skies

Summer vegetable <em>uncheba</em> harvest under cloudy skies

June 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The harvesting of summer vegetable water spinach, or uncheba in Okinawan dialect, has begun. On June 9, as the rainy season was coming to an end, Katsuaki Higa harvested freshly grown uncheba at his vegetable field in Tagami, Tomigusuku. The village’s...

Two villages in Nagano and Okinawa share secrets of longevity

Two villages in Nagano and Okinawa share secrets of longevity

June 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
On June 3, six staff members from Matsukawa village Office, Nagano, visited Kitanakagusuku Village Office to study the longevity of residents. According to data released last year by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, Matsukawa Village has the longest...

Former employees of Bireley’s Orange hail an era

Former employees of Bireley's Orange hail an era

June 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former employees of American Bottling Company Inc., which has been selling Bireley’s Orange since before the United States returned Okinawa to Japan, held a reunion party at a hotel in Kitanakagusuku on May 30. American Bottling is the predecessor company of...

A dolphin swims with a new artificial tail fin

A dolphin swims with a new artificial tail fin

June 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Bottlenose dolphin “Fuji” ,from the Ocean Expo Park in Motobu Town, has a new artificial tail fin. The dolphin swam with the new fin after a final fitting test was carried out on May 31.

The designers improved a “cowling” feature, which stabilizes...

Eight pigs run away on national highway

Eight pigs run away on national highway

May 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eight pigs’ ran away on the national highway in Yonabaru during traffic congestion, causing a major scene. At around 8:45 a.m. on May 30, at the intersection in Yonabaru, a barrier on the rear part of a cargo truck carrying about 30 pigs, fell down, and eight...

An orange-headed thrush spotted in Kumejima Town

An orange-headed thrush spotted in Kumejima Town

May 29, 2014 Tetsuya Nakajima, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19 at Shinri beach in Kumejima Town, bird research duo Hatsuko and Kazunori Maehara spotted a female orange-headed thrush – a rare species in Japan. The married couple from Chiba prefecture visited the island for bird-banding...

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