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Coronavirus: Itoman Hare cancelled but the gong rings through the fishing village at dawn

Coronavirus: Itoman Hare cancelled but the gong rings through the fishing village at dawn

June 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Itoman – At approximately 5 a.m. on June 18, the ringing of the gong that signals the coming of Itoman Hare Dragon Boat Race season was held at Santinmo in Itoman, Itoman City. Around ten citizens had gathered to watch over the event and pray for safety of fishers at sea and an end to the novel coronavirus pandemic. As night ended and the sky began to lighten, the sound of the gong rang through the city.

The ringing of the gong is normally held before...

 

Okinawa Peace Memorial Foundation removes reference to “sacrifice for the nation” on website explanation of National War Cemetery

Okinawa Peace Memorial Foundation removes reference to “sacrifice for the nation” on website explanation of National War Cemetery

June 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

As of June 12, the Okinawa Peace Memorial Foundation has deleted from its website the wording “eternally houses the remains of war dead who sacrificed their lives for the nation in a time of national peril” as an explanation of the National War Cemetery of Okinawa....

Craftsmen refresh Peace Prayer Statue ahead of Okinawa Memorial Day

Craftsmen refresh Peace Prayer Statue ahead of Okinawa Memorial Day

June 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Mabuni, Itoman City—the Peace Prayer Statue, enshrined in the Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall (Heiwa Kinendo), was dusted down during a “cleansing” ritual on June 11, days ahead of the Okinawa Memorial Day for the War-dead which falls on June 23. The number of...

Musician Ryuichi Sakamoto talks Henoko base and Japan’s ‘undemocratic administration’

Musician Ryuichi Sakamoto talks Henoko base and Japan’s ‘undemocratic administration’

June 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Sadaharu Shimabukuro

World-renowned musician Ryuichi Sakamoto spoke to Ryukyu Shimpo’s Editor-In-Chief Tsuyoshi Matsumoto in a remote interview from his home in New York. He weighed in on the Henoko base construction issue and the global threat of the...

Henoko construction resumes despite a majority opposition in the newly elected Assembly

Henoko construction resumes despite a majority opposition in the newly elected Assembly

June 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On June 12 the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) resumed construction work on the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, which is intended to be the relocation site for Futenma Air Station (Ginowan City). At about 8:20 a.m. that day, two...

“It was so loud that I couldn’t sleep”, Osprey land on MCAS Futenma just before 11:00 p.m.

“It was so loud that I couldn’t sleep”, Osprey land on MCAS Futenma just before 11:00 p.m.

June 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 2 several vertical take-off and landing transport MV-22 Osprey landed on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma) in Ginowan City after 10:00 p.m., which falls outside the time period allowed under aircraft noise abatement measures (the noise prevention...

“Very Rare!” Coral Spawning During Neap Tide Night-time Broadcast Spawning in a Tank at Churaumi Aquarium

“Very Rare!” Coral Spawning During Neap Tide  Night-time Broadcast Spawning in a Tank at Churaumi Aquarium

June 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Motobu – On the night of May 31, coral spawning was confirmed at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu. Approximately 70 species of coral are housed in the aquarium’s Coral Sea tank. Corals spawn every year between May and June, right around the time of the...

Thirty new names to be engraved on Cornerstone of Peace, bringing total to 241,593 names

Thirty new names to be engraved on Cornerstone of Peace, bringing total to 241,593 names

June 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On June 1, the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s Peace Support and Gender Equality Division announced that in FY 2020, it will engrave an additional 30 names on the Cornerstone of Peace monument in Mabuni, Itoman, on which are engraved the names of...

Protecting Japanese white-eye chicks with a parasol “Feeling like a bird parent” Chatan’s Mr. Yonaha, looking forward to baby birds fledging

Protecting Japanese white-eye chicks with a parasol “Feeling like a bird parent” Chatan’s Mr. Yonaha, looking forward to baby birds fledging

May 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chatan – A Japanese white-eye built its nest in Zenkei Yonaha’s satsuma orange tree in Chatan, Chatan Town. Three baby birds had hatched by May 27. Yonaha uses a parasol or branches to cover and protect the nest while the parents are off searching for food. “I...

Loud noise and foul smells prevent residents near Kadena Air Base from opening windows to help prevent coronavirus infection

Loud noise and foul smells prevent residents near Kadena Air Base from opening windows to help prevent coronavirus infection

May 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

(Kadena) Ensuring good ventilation is an important measure to prevent the spread of infection of the novel coronavirus, but residents of Kadena Town, Okinawa, who live side by side with the U.S. military’s Kadena Air Base, where aircraft engage...

Schools reopen in Okinawa

Schools reopen in Okinawa

May 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa – On May 21, elementary and middle schools in Okinawa Prefecture reopened after a continued school closure due to the spread of novel coronavirus. At Misato Elementary School in Okinawa City, energetic children arriving at school in a light rain were warmly...