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Third Futenma noise lawsuit plaintiffs total 5,846 with 508 newcomers to file additional actions

Third Futenma noise lawsuit plaintiffs total 5,846 with 508 newcomers to file additional actions

January 21, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takaya Kinra

 

On January 20 in a press conference held online, it was announced that 508 people (from 165 households) will be filing additional actions with the Okinawa branch of the Naha District Court on January 25 as part of the third Kadena noise lawsuit, in which a substantial ban on flights of U.S. military aircraft taking off from and landing at Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City as well as damages for harm incurred by the aircraft...

 

Original copy of a 1929 Ryukyu Shimpo article describing appropriation of Ryukyuan remains soon to be available at Junkudo book fair

Original copy of a 1929 Ryukyu Shimpo article describing appropriation of Ryukyuan remains soon to be available at Junkudo book fair

January 19, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Kazuki Furugen

 

The fifth annual Junkudo New Year Antiquarian Book Fair, an event where antiquarian booksellers gather to show off and market rare books and historical documents, will be held from January 29 through Mar 6 at the Junkudo...

Medical facilities in Okinawa strengthen partnerships to care for surging numbers of pregnant COVID-19 patients

Medical facilities in Okinawa strengthen partnerships to care for surging numbers of pregnant COVID-19 patients

January 21, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takuya Kayo

 

New cases of COVID-19 are spreading among all age groups, and one group in which cases are surging is pregnant individuals. During the fifth wave of infections between August 1-29 of last year, 162 pregnant individuals contracted...

Proportion of coronavirus cases on U.S. bases in Okinawa exceeds proportions in Europe and U.S.

Proportion of coronavirus cases on U.S. bases in Okinawa exceeds proportions in Europe and U.S.

January 13, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

 

The number of people newly infected with the novel coronavirus on January 12 on U.S. military bases in Okinawa came to 295 people. According to calculations by this newspaper, when calculating the number of newly-infected...

Hospital staffing shortages lead to reduced COVID-19 capacity and limited emergency services

Hospital staffing shortages lead to reduced COVID-19 capacity and limited emergency services

January 14, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takuya Kayo

 

On January 13, it was revealed that at 90 hospitals in Okinawa Prefecture, including major medical facilities, that accept COVID-19 patients, there are 989 healthcare workers absent from work. Although 648 hospital beds had...

Eighty students of all ages join year’s first karate practice on beach

Eighty students of all ages join year’s first karate practice on beach

January 4, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Erina Ishii

 

On January 3, the Shorin Ryu Kyudokan Meihokai Kids Karate School located in Nagata in Ginowan, Okinawa, held their first practice of the new year at Tropical Beach. Approximately 80 students, from four-year-old children to adults,...

One in two Kadena residents are plaintiffs in the fourth Kadena noise lawsuit

One in two Kadena residents are plaintiffs in the fourth Kadena noise lawsuit

December 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Erina Ishii

The fourth Kadena noise lawsuit has now become the largest-scale domestic class-action lawsuit with over 35,000 plaintiffs involved. One in two of the 7,752 Kadena Town residents have become plaintiffs in this lawsuit. This is an increase...

U.S. military has not required pre-departure PCR testing for servicemembers coming to bases in Japan since September, has permitted movement between Bases During Periods of Activity Restrictions

U.S. military has not required pre-departure PCR testing for servicemembers coming to bases in Japan since September, has permitted movement between Bases During Periods of Activity Restrictions

December 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Manato Akira and Yosuke Anri

 

On December 23, a representative of the United States Forces Japan (USFJ) revealed to the Ryukyu Shimpo that PCR testing requirements when leaving the United States were lifted in September of this year for...

Diplomatic documents from the Ryukyu Kingdom and pre-war news articles now available in digital archive

Diplomatic documents from the Ryukyu Kingdom and pre-war news articles now available in digital archive

December 16, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

At 9 am on December 14, the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education launched its digital archive containing the Rekidai Hōan, an official compilation of diplomatic documents of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The archive also contains other historical...

Peace Memorial Statue undergoes “purification” cleaning for new year

Peace Memorial Statue undergoes

December 16, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Riko Higa

 

On December 15 at the Peace Memorial Hall in Mabuni, Itoman City, the Okinawa Peace Memorial Statue underwent “purification” in which it was cleared of dust. In an average year, about 30 people such as bus tour guides...

In Okinawa, a summer day in December; 26.7 degrees in Iriomote-jima, 26.1 degrees in Naha

In Okinawa, a summer day in December; 26.7 degrees in Iriomote-jima, 26.1 degrees in Naha

December 17, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In Okinawa, December 16 was as hot as a summer day. Temperatures exceeding 25 degrees Celsius were recorded at 18 of 25 observation sites. The warm weather was caused by a southerly wind blowing into Okinawa from a high-pressure system in southern...