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Sugarcane fields take a hit from a dry rainy season, some villages consider rationing water

Sugarcane fields take a hit from a dry rainy season, some villages consider rationing water

May 31, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Junko Uechi

Despite beginning its rainy season on May 8, the Okinawa region continues to see very little rain. There was only one day in which it rained heavily on the south-central part of the main island of Okinawa, and that was on May 21. Due to the effects of a dry rainy season that has lasted more than three weeks, the quantity of water in the dams has fallen below 27.1 units compared to regular years. In other words, it has decreased to 47.1 percent....

 

Representatives from soil source sites for land reclamation assert solidarity with Okinawa opposing Henoko construction

Representatives from soil source sites for land reclamation assert solidarity with Okinawa opposing Henoko construction

 

May 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The nationwide liaison council Opposition to Soil Hauling, which is comprised of 18 organizations from 12 prefectures containing sites from which soil is being harvested for land reclamation use in Henoko, held a prefectural rally on May...

Johan Galtung advocates that “Okinawa should become the central hub of the East Asian community” at peace symposium

Johan Galtung advocates that “Okinawa should become the central hub of the East Asian community” at peace symposium

May 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – Aoyama...

Large sculpture symbolic of buraku liberation sent from Osaka to its creator in Yomitan

Large sculpture symbolic of buraku liberation sent from Osaka to its creator in Yomitan

 

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 22, the sculpture Kaiho he no Ogari, which had been installed on the wall of the Sumiyoshi North Citizens’ Cultural Exchange Center in Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, was sent back to its sculptor, Minoru Kinjo.

Kinjo had...

Yurika Nakamoto selected to represent Japan in Miss Supranational

Yurika Nakamoto selected to represent Japan in Miss Supranational

 

May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Twenty-three-year-old Yurika Nakamoto from Onaha, Nishihara in Okinawa, was selected to represent Japan in the international beauty pageant called Miss Supranational, which will be held in Poland in December.

Nakamoto visited Mayor...

US military proceed with vehicle air-drop training at Ie airfield despite calls to stop

 

May 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

U.S. marines in Okinawa conducted training to drop vehicles and soldiers from an airplane at Ie airfield on Ie Island, Okinawa, on May 22.

According to Ie village, the dropped vehicles and soldiers landed on the airfield, and no...

Assembly held in Naha to kick of petition demanding Henoko landfill be put to Okinawan resident vote

Assembly held in Naha to kick of petition demanding Henoko landfill be put to Okinawan resident vote

 

May 24, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

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Whale returned to the sea in Nago after six-hour rescue effort by discoverer and Churashima Foundation employees

Whale returned to the sea in Nago after six-hour rescue effort by discoverer and Churashima Foundation employees

May 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Nago – A rescue party was spontaneously formed on May 19 after a 4.85 meter-long short-finned...

Twice-adopted U.S. singer-songwriter returns to Okinawa after 27 years

Twice-adopted U.S. singer-songwriter returns to Okinawa after 27 years

 

May 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

 

“Dear Okinawan mom in heaven, thank you for making me your daughter.

” Crystal Joy Kinjyo (English name Teesa Houston), age 30, is a vocalist, singer, and songwriter of KOLAJ, a band that is based in Los Angeles.

She...

Iriomote Cat killed in traffic accident on Iriomote island for third time this year

Iriomote Cat killed in traffic accident on Iriomote island for third time this year

 

May 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

An Iriomote cat, one of Japan’s protected species, was found dead on prefectural route 215 in Taketomi town on Iriomote Island around 6:00 AM on May 4. The cause of death is thought to be by traffic accident, and it is the third case its...

Prefectural citizens’ rally gathers 3500 people protesting military base reinforcement

Prefectural citizens’ rally gathers 3500 people protesting military base reinforcement

 

May 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In the afternoon on May 13 at Ginowan Seaside Park’s Outdoor Theater, the 5/15 Peace March Action Committee and the Okinawa Peace Movement Center held a prefectural citizens’ rally to protect peace and life.

In commemoration...