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150 citizens hold on-water protest against Henoko base marking one year since embankment work began

150 citizens hold on-water protest against Henoko base marking one year since embankment work began

April 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

April 25 marked one year since embankment work commenced for the new base in Henoko, Nago City.

The Helicopter Base Objection Association held a sit-in on the water in Oura Bay.

A little after 9:00 a.m., 150 people called to action assembled in 60 canoes and 8 boats and set out together.

They faced the shore of Camp Schwab where construction is moving forward and raised their voices with the messages: “Don’t destroy...

 

Two years after murder by ex-Marine, wounds of the bereaved family have yet to heal

Two years after murder by ex-Marine, wounds of the bereaved family have yet to heal

April 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

As of April 28, it has been two years since it occurred that a U.S. military contractor sexually assaulted and murdered a woman in the central part of Okinawa Island.

On the 26th an attorney who represents the family of the deceased released...

People digging clams and praying for health at beaches in Okinawa

People digging clams and praying for health at beaches in Okinawa

 

Many people visited sunny beaches on March 18, which is March 3 on the old lunar calendar, to hold an event called Hama-ori. Many children enjoyed clam digging on the beaches.

 

About 40 children, aged four to five, from Gajimaru nursery school in Mekaru, Naha City,...

National Route 329 traffic halted for over 10 minutes to allow U.S. amphibious vehicles’ passage

National Route 329 traffic halted for over 10 minutes to allow U.S. amphibious vehicles’ passage

April 17, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 3:30 p.m. on April 16 in Matsuda, Ginoza Village, 10 or more U.S. military amphibious vehicles crossed National Route 329 while traveling from the ocean toward the mountains. Regular traffic was stopped for over 10 minutes as the amphibious vehicles passed....

University of the Ryukyus joins the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, teaming up with British researchers to conserve Yambaru trees for the future

University of the Ryukyus joins the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, teaming up with British researchers to conserve Yambaru trees for the future

 

April 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The University of the Ryukyus has teamed up with the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP), an international conservation project that collects and stores seeds from all over the world to ensure the Earth’s biodiversity for the future.

Researchers...

Multilingual contact center opens to support foreign tourists for medical interpretation

 

April 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Masanao Chinen

 

On April 1, Okinawa Prefecture opened a “Be.Okinawa Inbound Medical Interpretation Contact Center” to provide interpretation by phone at medical sites where communication with foreign tourists is an issue.

Travel...

Futenma Daini Elementary sports field evacuated 242 times over 39 days for U.S. military flights

Futenma Daini Elementary sports field evacuated 242 times over 39 days for U.S. military flights

April 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In December last year a window from a large U.S. military helicopter fell on the sports field of Futenma Daini Elementary School in Ginowan City, Okinawa.

The sports field was reopened for use on February 13 and remained open until the end of...

Parachute dropped by U.S. soldier lands on farm 50 meters from house in Ie, residents claim military “Does whatever they want”

 

April 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

It was learned on April 4 that during parachute training conducted by U.S. soldiers on April 3 at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield in Ie, Okinawa, a parachute was dropped outside of the designated area. The parachute landed about 50 meters from...

Japan’s first ever snake eel that lives in river found in Genka River

Japan’s first ever snake eel that lives in river found in Genka River

 

April 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 5, the research group of Okinawa Churashima Foundation Research Center announced that the snake eel found at the Genka River of Nago City last June was in fact a Mindoro snake eel Lamnostoma mindorum.

This particular Hydrophiinae...

Emperor and Empress enjoy Okinawa karate demonstration on their last official visit to Okinawa

Emperor and Empress enjoy Okinawa karate demonstration on their last official visit to Okinawa

 

March 30, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 29, the Emperor and Empress concluded their supposedly last official visit to Okinawa and flew back to Tokyo from Naha Airport with their special plane.

On the final day, they visited the Okinawa Karate Kaikan in Tomigusuku...

Tokashiki Village holds memorial service for mass suicide victims

Tokashiki Village holds memorial service for mass suicide victims

 

March 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On March 28 at Shiratama no To, Tokashiki Village hosted a memorial service for those who died in the “collective suicide” (compulsory mass suicide) 73 years prior on March 28, 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa.

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