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JASDF finds 128 times national guideline levels of chemicals like PFOS in water on Naha Base

JASDF finds 128 times national guideline levels of chemicals like PFOS in water on Naha Base

April 7, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 7, study results were issued on the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Naha Base website concerning a recent incident in which a foam fire-extinguishing agent leaked off of said base. PFOS and PFOA, which are types of organic flourine compounds, were detected in contaminated water collected from on-base aqueducts into which the fire-extinguishing agent flowed. As such, words of apology were offered in the name of the base’s commander....

 

Reading of names at school entrance ceremonies in Naha halted by flight of U.S. planes

Reading of names at school entrance ceremonies in Naha halted by flight of U.S. planes

April 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Chubu – On April 7, public elementary, junior high, and high schools held opening ceremonies and entrance ceremonies for the new school year. Despite having received requests to pause flights for the day from the boards of education in the area, U.S....

Every Chatan elementary and junior high school teacher to receive “peace training,” second of its kind in Okinawa

Every Chatan elementary and junior high school teacher to receive “peace training,” second of its kind in Okinawa

April 2, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wakana Arakaki

 

The Chatan Board of Education is set to offer “peace education training” to all of its elementary and junior high school faculty this academic year. While many municipalities in Okinawa offer peace training to first-year...

Under blue skies, the season for harvesting fresh lettuce arrives in Itoman City

Under blue skies, the season for harvesting fresh lettuce arrives in Itoman City

March 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 25, due to being covered by a high-pressure system, sunny weather spread to regions throughout Okinawa. This heralds in the season for harvesting lettuce in Itoman City.

In Maehira, Itoman City, harvesting work is very busy in 45-year-old...

Closing ceremonies held at Okinawan elementary and junior high schools, “We made it through a difficult year”

Closing ceremonies held at Okinawan elementary and junior high schools, “We made it through a difficult year”

March 25, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 24, 245 public elementary and junior high schools in Okinawa held closing ceremonies to mark the end of the school year. At Nakagusuku Minami Elementary School in Nakagusuku, measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 meant that the entire...

First “Sexual Diversity Ordinance” in Okinawa passed by Urasoe City Council, bans discrimination and officially recognizes LBGT couples

First “Sexual Diversity Ordinance” in Okinawa passed by Urasoe City Council, bans discrimination and officially recognizes LBGT couples

March 23, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Urasoe) On March 23, at its final regular meeting in March, the Urasoe City Council (Chairperson: Chobun Goeku) unanimously passed the “Ordinance for Achieving a Society that Honors Sexual Diversity” bill, which includes introduction of a “partnership...

Video: Two aircrafts observed flying at low altitudes off the coast of Zamami, “so close”

Video: Two aircrafts observed flying at low altitudes off the coast of Zamami, “so close”

March 12, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 10, two large aircrafts believed to be U.S. Air Force special operations aircraft MC-130J were observed flying at low altitudes off the coast of Zamami Island. According to eyewitnesses, the two planes flew west over the inland sea between...

“Moon rainbow” arc in the night sky–an omen of happiness? Previously unrecorded in Okinawa Island

“Moon rainbow” arc in the night sky--an omen of happiness? Previously unrecorded in Okinawa Island

March 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A rainbow in the night sky, called a “moon rainbow (gekkou),” appeared at Okuma Beach in Kunigami Village, Okinawa. Akira Oyama, age 57, who serves as a nature guide in the village succeeded in capturing a photograph of the rainbow on March...

Okinawan actress Yuina Kuroshima to star in new NHK series airing next spring

Okinawan actress Yuina Kuroshima to star in new NHK series airing next spring

March 3, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Actress Yuina Kuroshima, 23, who hails from Itoman City, Okinawa, was chosen to play the heroine in Chimu Don Don, the newest NHK morning TV drama series slated to air in spring 2022. The show commemorates the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s...

Memorial in Naha for victims in Myanmar protests

Memorial in Naha for victims in Myanmar protests

March 1, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 28, the Association of Myanmarese in Okinawa held a memorial for those who died or were injured in protests against the military coup d’état in Myanmar. According to the association, around 300 people gathered at the Kenmin Hiroba plaza...

Supreme court rules Naha City’s free provision of land to Koshibyo “Unconstitutional”, arguing the separation of politics and religion

Supreme court rules Naha City’s free provision of land to Koshibyo “Unconstitutional”, arguing the separation of politics and religion

February 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 24, the Supreme Court ruled on the question of whether Naha City’s free provision of land in Matsuyama Park for the Kume Shiseibyo (Koshibyo), which is dedicated to Confucius, father of Confucianism, violates the principle of the separation...