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Kinjo seeking information about her sister separated in Saipan

Kinjo seeking information about her sister separated in Saipan

January 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eighty-one-year-old preschool director Toshiko Kinjo is looking for her sister who she was separated from during the war in Saipan. Her sister, Etsuko, was one year old at that time. Kinjo attended a meeting on January 27 in Naha City held by a plaintiff group that claims compensation for victims of the war in the South Sea Islands. Kinjo shared her experience of becoming a war orphan and getting separated from her sister, and she called for information.

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Specific levels of 25 toxic substances withheld at information sessionon

Specific levels of 25 toxic substances withheld at information sessionon

February 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently, dioxins were detected in the soil at levels exceeding environmental standards in a residential area of the Kamisedo district of Chatan Town. On January 31, at the town chamber of commerce building in Kamisedo, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) held an...

Okinawa to establish 3 billion yen fund to tackle child poverty

January 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 28, findings of an actual condition survey conducted by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) revealed that Okinawa’s child poverty rate is 29.9 percent. It is the first time in Japan for the poverty rate at a prefectural level to be published....

Jomon Period earthenware dug up at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield

December 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military plans to carry out an exploratory drilling survey for improvement work of a coral runway, a simulated Landing Helicopter Deck (LHD), which is located within the Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield. On December 19, several pieces of earthenware and fire...

Rice planting starts in Iriomote Island, earliest harvest in Japan

Rice planting starts in Iriomote Island, earliest harvest in Japan

January 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s earliest rice planting has now begun in the prefecture’s Yaeyama region, where most of the rice grown in Okinawa is produced. In Taketomi Town on Iriomote Island, 39-year-old rice farmer Kohkin Nishiohmasu started planting rice seedlings of the Hitomebore...

Coral reefs in Oura Bay recovering from El Nino

Coral reefs in Oura Bay recovering from El Nino

January 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Association for Protecting the Beautiful Sea of Okinawa carried out a survey to check the condition of coral reefs in Oura Bay, Nago City. The association surveyed two areas in the bay, including Chiribishi where staghorn coral is recovering from the near-extinction...

Chemicals detected in Kadena Air Base water

Chemicals detected in Kadena Air Base water

January 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 18, Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced that an illegal chemical substance was found in Kadena Air Base water, Dakujaku River and Hija River. Dakujaku River runs through Okinawa City and Hija River runs through towns such as Kadena. OPG relies...

Okinawa prefectural government inquiry into Dugongs in four ocean areas

January 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Department of Environmental Affairs of the prefectural government will carry out a survey on dugongs from fiscal year 2016 for two years. The animal is designated as a protected species in Japan. This will be the first investigation for dugongs by the prefectural...

Former JSDF member calls sit-in at Camp Schwab a bulwark against militarism

Former JSDF member calls sit-in at Camp Schwab a bulwark against militarism

January 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning on January 18, about 80 citizens gathered in front of Camp Schwab’s gate to protest construction of the replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko, Nago. Between 7 a.m. and 9:20 a.m., riot police officers removed...

Okinawa’s “Free Cram School” paving the way to dream schools

Okinawa’s “Free Cram School” paving the way to dream schools

January 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Manato Akira

Last June, a “Free Cram School” initiative targeting high school students from economically deprived families opened its doors to the public in Okinawa City. There has already been news of students getting accepted to their first-choice...

“Jaws” in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium dies after three days in captivity

January 7 and 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A great white shark has been exhibited in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Great white sharks account for the largest number of shark attacks against humans and also appeared in the American film “Jaws”.

The shark was a male about 3.5-meter long and...

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