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Plaintiffs claim landfill work for building US base will damage biodiversity of Henoko

April 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first verbal blows have been struck in a lawsuit challenging Okinawa Governor’s approval of the landfill to build a U.S. air base. On April 16 at the Naha District Court, plaintiffs and local residents asked the court to invalidate Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of the landfill application from the central government for moving U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago.

The plaintiffs claimed that if the government...

 

An escaping crocodile captured at Chatan restaurant

An escaping crocodile captured at Chatan restaurant

April 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 8:43 a.m. on April 12, the police received a phone call that a reared crocodile had escaped from a restaurant in Mihama district of Chatan. The restaurant was temporarily closed for renovations. At 9:55 a.m., the police officers found the crocodile at a site...

Okinawan makeup artist shows her talent at international competitions

Okinawan makeup artist shows her talent at international competitions

April 10, 2014 Naoki Isa of Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirty-three-year-old Akiko Yamakawa from Nago City has been training to become a top makeup artist in the United States. Although she could not speak English in the beginning, she set her mind on success and moved to the United States at the age of...

OPG to interview Okinawan Americans who worked for the U.S. military during the Battle of Okinawa

April 10, 2014 Masatoshi Inafuku of Ryukyu Shimpo

In this fiscal year, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) will carry out a project to interview and collect the stories of Okinawan Americans who worked for the U.S. military during the Battle of Okinawa.

It will be the first time...

Conference urges Okinawans to reclaim the title of the Japan’s longest-living people

Conference urges Okinawans to reclaim the title of the Japan's longest-living people

April 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A conference aimed at reclaiming Okinawa’s status as the home of Japan’s longest living people was held on April 10. Seventy-one organizations, including the Okinawa Prefectural Government and economic and medical organizations took part in it. The conference...

Remains of former Japanese soldier returned to his family 69 years after his death

Remains of former Japanese soldier returned to his family 69 years after his death

April 8, 2014 Yoko Shima of Ryukyu Shimpo

The remains of a former Japanese soldier found in Urasoe Maeda in July last year were returned to his family members, who live in Machida, Tokyo, on April 7. DNA analysis has identified the remains of Kozo Tabata, who was a 33-year-old corporal of the...

Chinese classic documents from the Ryukyu Kingdom era published

Chinese classic documents from the Ryukyu Kingdom era published

April 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the help of Okinawan researchers, Fudan University of China has published 36 books collecting Chinese classic documents and books that were written during the Ryukyu Kingdom era.

Japanese and Chinese researchers worked together to collect over 70 documents...

Grey-faced Buzzard recovers from injury in Okinawa

Grey-faced Buzzard recovers from injury in Okinawa

April 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An injured chick of the Grey-faced Buzzard has taken flight again after being in the care of Okinawa Prefectural Ishigaki Youth House. The bird flew vigorously toward the sky when staff released it on April 6.

This February, an Ishigaki citizen found the...

Filipino nurse candidate is first-ever in Okinawa to pass Japan’s national exam

Filipino nurse candidate is first-ever in Okinawa to pass Japan's national exam

March 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 25,Bulilan Gian Carlo Tortugo, who is from the Philippines and has been attending a training course at Arakaki Hospital in Ageda, Okinawa City, passed the Japanese national nursing exam. She was one of the foreign-nurse candidates accepted into the Okinawa...

ANA’s jumbo jet makes final flight from Naha to Haneda

ANA's jumbo jet makes final flight from Naha to Haneda

March 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Boeing 747-400 – commonly known as “Jumbo-Jet” of All Nippon Airways (ANA) made its final flight on the morning of March 31. The retirement ceremony for the aircraft was held at the Naha Airport Domestic Terminal. The final flight, onto which 565...

Asbestos victim’s lawsuit: government to pay 18.75 million yen to family of Okinawan worker on U.S. military base

March 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government and the bereaved family of an Okinawan man who worked at the U.S. base and died of asbestos exposure agreed to a settlement proposed by the Naha District Court on March 27. The government will pay 18.75 million yen to the family of the victim. The...

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