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Young Okinawan woodpeckers safely leave their nest in a tree blown down in a typhoon

Young Okinawan woodpeckers safely leave their nest in a tree blown down in a typhoon

July 6, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Two Okinawa woodpecker chicks safely left their nest in an itaji tree (biological name: Castanopsis sieboldii) blown over by the strong winds of Typhoons No.2 and No.5 in Nishime-dake, Kunigami Village.
This situation was confirmed by 48 year-old Yutaka Toguchi, who has been commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) to conduct a survey on Okinawan woodpeckers.
A representative of the Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center of the MOE said...

 

JASDF F-15 crashes into sea 140 km off the coast of Ie-jima

JASDF F-15 crashes into sea 140 km off the coast of Ie-jima

July 5, 2011 compiled from reports of Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the Naha base of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, at 10:29am on July 5, an F-15 fighter aircraft based in Naha went missing at a point north of Kume-jima, about 180 kilometers...

Okinawan “treasures” put on the Internet

Okinawan “treasures” put on the Internet

July 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In order to make “treasures” of Okinawa more widely known to the public, the Okinawa Prefectural Library has digitalized 610 valuable works from the past such as ancient maps, documents and pictorial diagrams, all of which the library owns, and has started to...

Enagic USA donates 120000 500 ml bottles of water to victims of the Japan Earthquake.

Enagic USA donates 120000 500 ml bottles of water to victims of the Japan Earthquake.

July 4, 2011 Sadao Tome correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Enagic USA, Inc. (President & CEO Hironari Oshiro with its U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles) recently sent bottled water to the areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Since the earthquake and tsunami, the company has collected...

Growing number of Okinawa rails killed by automobiles

Growing number of Okinawa rails killed by automobiles

July 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 1, the Ministry of the Environment’s Naha Nature Conservation Office announced numbers confirmed at the end of June for Okinawa rails and Ryukyu long-haired rats killed on the roads.
The number of Okinawa rails killed on the roads amounted to 19, almost...

Remembering the tragedy of U.S. military jet crashing onto elementary school

Remembering the tragedy of U.S. military jet crashing onto elementary school

July 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty-two years have passed since June 30, 1959, when a U.S. F-100 fighter from Kadena Air Base crashed into Miyamori Elementary School.
The Association of Children held the 52nd-anniversary memorial ceremony on June 30 at Miyamori Elementary School (principal,...

Little tern, please grow up healthy and strong!

Little tern, please grow up healthy and strong!

July 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The little tern (biological name: Sternula albifrons or Sterna albifrons), a migratory bird designated as an endangered species, is now entering the period in which it is cared for by its parents.

At a site on reclaimed land in Naha City, where a flock of about...

Okinawan fisherman found off coast Kochi after drifting for 20 days

Okinawan fisherman found off coast Kochi after drifting for 20 days

July 1, 2011 compiled from Kyodo News reports

According to the Kyodo News Service, the Kochi office of the Japan Coast Guard stated on June 30 that an Okinawan fisherman and his boat had been found safe off Cape Muroto, Kochi Prefecture, after drifting for 20 days.The captain and his fishing...

Poloyushi shirts popular

<em>Poloyushi</em> shirts popular

June 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A polo shirt version of kariyushi wear is selling well.
Kariyushi shirts were originally created as business wear during summer in Okinawa and are designed based on Hawaiian shirts but with uniquely Okinawan cultural motifs.
Project...

Theme song for the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival selected

Theme song for the 5th Worldwide <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival selected

June 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nirai no Kanata (Beyond Nirai) was selected as the theme song for the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival, which is scheduled to be held over four days from October 13.
Composer Katsushi Arakaki wrote the music and lyrics and Natchy (her real...

Yagi no bouken screened in international film festivals

June 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The film Yagi no bouken (The Catcher on the Shore), which Kyuyo High School first year student 15 year-old Ryugo Nakamura directed when he was still a pupil at Okinawa Higashi Junior High School in Okinawa City, has been recently screened at several international...

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