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Okinawa breaks record with 589 new centenarians, oldest is 113 years

Okinawa breaks record with 589 new centenarians, oldest is 113 years

September 16, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 15, Senior Citizen’s Day (Roujin no Hi), Okinawa Prefecture announced 589 residents (83 men and 506 women) turned 100 years old this year as of September 1—an increase of 98 from the previous year, marking a record high. The total number of Okinawans aged 100 and above rose by 54 to 1,269 (143 men and 1,126 women), the highest ever.

 

The oldest centenarian this year is Matsu Gaja of Nakagusuku at 113 years...

 

Valuable coral from construction site crushed into pieces and anchored at transplantation site

Valuable coral from construction site crushed into pieces and anchored at transplantation site

September 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

The coral reefs spread throughout Oura Bay in Nago City are abundant in diverse coral varieties including Acropora, Poritidae, and Heliopora coerulea. Due to construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility, coral within the zones...

“Furious” Ginowan City Council adopts resolution and written opinion opposing U.S. military’s disposal of water treated for PFAS

“Furious” Ginowan City Council adopts resolution and written opinion opposing U.S. military’s disposal of water treated for PFAS

September 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Ginowan – At the September meeting of the Ginowan City Council on September 8, the council unanimously adopted a resolution and written opinion opposing the U.S. Military’s disposal of polluted water containing PFAS (organofluorine compounds)...

LaSalle Parsons, Catholic priest and human rights activist in Okinawa, dies at 90

LaSalle Parsons, Catholic priest and human rights activist in Okinawa, dies at 90

September 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

LaSalle Parsons, Catholic priest and president of a local group to deliberate life, death and aging (Sei to Shi to Oi wo Mitsumeru Kai) died of old age at 6:43 p.m. on September 4 at a monastery in Oroku, Naha City, at the age of 90. He...

Sugok Shin wins “ground-breaking” defamation lawsuit concerning DHC program News Girls

Sugok Shin wins “ground-breaking” defamation lawsuit concerning DHC program News Girls

September 2, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sugok Shin and other plaintiffs were interviewed in Tokyo on September 1 regarding the Tokyo District Court’s decision in their defamation lawsuit concerning the television program News Girls (Nyūsu Joshi), which picked up the topic of protest...

Ginowan citizens rally to protest Marine Corps releasing PFAS-contaminated water

Ginowan citizens rally to protest Marine Corps releasing PFAS-contaminated water

August 27, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In response to an incident in which water contaminated with polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that had been stored on Futenma Air Station was treated and released into the sewers by the U.S. Marine Corps, on August 26 Ginowan citizens rallied in front...

Academia, government enter seven-party partnership to preserve World Natural Heritage sites in Okinawa

Academia, government enter seven-party partnership to preserve World Natural Heritage sites in Okinawa

August 20, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 19, seven parties, including the prefectural government and the University of the Ryukyus, entered a partnership agreement to preserve and manage the World Natural Heritage sites of northern Okinawa and Iriomote Island. The partnership will...

“Respect the War Dead” Gushiken’s Hunger Strike in Front of Yasukuni Shrine on Memorial Day for the End of the War Draws Attention to the Issue of War Dead Remains at Okinawan Battleground

“Respect the War Dead” Gushiken’s Hunger Strike in Front of Yasukuni Shrine on Memorial Day for the End of the War Draws Attention to the Issue of War Dead Remains at Okinawan Battleground

August 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – On August 15, Memorial Day for the End of the War, Takamatsu Gushiken continued his hunger strike in front of the Nippon Budokan in Chiyoda. He began the hunger strike on August 14. Gushiken is a representative of the Gamafuya, a group of...

Tokyo Paralympic flames ignited in Okinawa with prayer for peace

Tokyo Paralympic flames ignited in Okinawa with prayer for peace

August 13, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 12, torch bearers located in six towns and cities of Okinawa prayed for peace as they ignited torches for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, which will open on August 24. The six locations included the Fire of Peace monument at the Peace Memorial...

Police charge citizen protesting U.S. military waste with forcible obstruction of business

Police charge citizen protesting U.S. military waste with forcible obstruction of business

August 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 3 the first security division of the Okinawa Prefectural Police filed documents with the Naha District Public Prosecutor’s Office concerning butterfly researcher Akino Miyagi being charged with forcible obstruction of business, a traffic...

OPG speculates Delta variant causing rise in infections among US military-associated persons

OPG speculates Delta variant causing rise in infections among US military-associated persons

July 22, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 21, the Okinawa Prefectural Epidemiological Statistics and Analysis Committee on the Novel Coronavirus announced its analysis of the infection status last week (July 12-18). In view of the current situation in which the number of infected persons among persons...