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Web Exclusive: The 12 years after a crash-landing in Takae, population 100

Web Exclusive: The 12 years after a crash-landing in Takae, population 100

October 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoko Tabuki

High grounds that offer scenic views of the lush green forests and the Pacific Ocean, where the Okinawa rail and the Okinawa woodpecker can be heard during the day, while at night, stars fill up the skies—That’s Takae in a nutshell. Takae is small town located at the edge of Higashi Village, in the nature-rich northern region of Okinawa’s main island, with a population of 100. Many of its residents make a living off of pineapple...

 

Miyakojima residents protest construction of GDSF ammunition depot

Miyakojima residents protest construction of GDSF ammunition depot

October 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of October 7 the Ministry of Defense started construction on a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) ammunition depot at Bora mine in Gusukube, Miyakojima City, Okinawa.

There was no time between the explanatory meeting and the construction starting....

World Natural Heritage Site evaluations in Okinawa

World Natural Heritage Site evaluations in Okinawa

October 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the “northern part of Okinawa island” and Iriomote Island was nominated by the Japanese government for the UNESCO World Natural Heritage status.

Experts from UNESCO’s advisory body, the International Union...

Russian government officials and mayors making advances toward Okinawa

Russian government officials and mayors making advances toward Okinawa

October 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Russian government officials and regional mayors are making advances toward Okinawa in the hope of increasing economic exchange with Okinawa.

In regards to his meeting with Governor Denny Tamaki in Saint Petersburg in June, Sergey Glazyev, who was appointed...

Korean exchange students tour Okinawa to improve Japan-Korea relationships

Korean exchange students tour Okinawa to improve Japan-Korea relationships

October 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

“We can become good friends.” A group of 10 Korean college students toured in and outside of Okinawa during their visit to Japan.

The group arrived in Okinawa on September 30 and returned home on October 2.

They visited the Himeyuri Peace Museum...

Now operational: Monorail extension into Urasoe adds four new stations

Now operational: Monorail extension into Urasoe adds four new stations

October 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Urban Monorail, also known as Yui Rail, expanded its existing line 4.1km into Urasoe City. Service to the extended line began on September 29. Four new stations service the extended zone: Tedako-Uranishi, Urasoe-Maeda, Kyōzuka and Ishimine, which opened...

U.S. military still using land after its return; 342 unused bullets, field rations waste, and other garbage found on former NTA land

U.S. military still using land after its return; 342 unused bullets, field rations waste, and other garbage found on former NTA land

September 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Kunigami) On September 28, 342 unused U.S. military bullets and a large quantity of field ration packaging and other garbage were discovered near the location of the former LZ-1 helipad on returned land that used to be part of the U.S. military’s Northern...

All 14 panels of the Marukis’ Pictures of the Battle of Okinawa exhibited at Sakima Museum

All 14 panels of the Marukis’ Pictures of the Battle of Okinawa exhibited at Sakima Museum

September 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 25 an exhibition of all 14 panels of the Pictures of the Battle of Okinawa (Okinawasen no Zu) by the husband and wife artists, the late Iri and Shun Maruki, opened at the Sakima Art Museum (Director Michio Sakima).

This exhibit commemorates...

Kitadaito residents get relief as food items finally reach island

Kitadaito residents get relief as food items finally reach island

September 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Junko Uechi

Kitadaito—The Daito, a passenger-cargo ship connecting Kitadaito island to Naha, resumed operations on September 25.

Its operation was suspended on September 11, due to stormy conditions and a typhoon passing by.

Many flights...

Mid-Autumn Celebration: A moonlit fall equinox dance performance at Shurijo Castle Park

Mid-Autumn Celebration: A moonlit fall equinox dance performance at Shurijo Castle Park

September 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shurijo Castle Park’s annual celebration of the fall equinox, “Mid-Autumn Celebration” (Chushu no Utage) kicked off on September 14, on the special stage set up in the Seiden, or main hall area, of Shurijo Castle.

The event includes a reenactment...

30 meter landslide in Henoko near ammunition depot

30 meter landslide in Henoko near ammunition depot

September 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Nago) As of September 16, it was confirmed that a landslide occurred near the U.S. military’s Henoko Ordnance Ammunition Depot facing Oura Bay in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture.

The landslide occurred right next to the fence demarcating the base land, and...