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U.S. military aircraft noise disrupts school entrance ceremonies midway despite no-flight appeal

U.S. military aircraft noise disrupts school entrance ceremonies midway despite no-flight appeal

May 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 21, while elementary and junior high schools in various regions of Okinawa held opening ceremonies and school entrance ceremonies, U.S. military aircraft successively took off from and landed at Futenma Air Station. On this day, noise measurements taken by University of the Ryukyus Associate Professor Takeshi Tokashiki recorded noise at 87.4 decibels at 11:16 a.m. and 84.8 decibels at 10:22 a.m. at Futenma Daini Elementary School. The Ginowan city government...

 

In March, sounds appearing to be dugong calls recorded 23 times total, rare coral also found

In March, sounds appearing to be dugong calls recorded 23 times total, rare coral also found

May 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

March marked the second month in a row, following February, in which sounds appearing to be dugong calls were recorded by an underwater recording device installed in the ocean at the Henoko base construction site, where a base is being built as part of the relocation...

“Zento Eisa,” an Eisa event that epitomizes summer in Okinawa and brought 350,000 people to Okinawa last year, has been cancelled

“Zento Eisa,” an Eisa event that epitomizes summer in Okinawa and brought 350,000 people to Okinawa last year, has been cancelled

May 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

Okinawa – The Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri executive committee announced May 14 that they would be canceling the 65th Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri (hosted by the executive committee: Okinawa City, Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd., Okinawa Television,...

Record-breaking rainfall of 125 mm/hr observed in early morning in Ishigaki, calls for caution on Okinawa Island as well

Record-breaking rainfall of 125 mm/hr observed in early morning in Ishigaki, calls for caution on Okinawa Island as well

May 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

In the early morning on May 12, the atmosphere became extremely unstable as a result of the onset of the rainy season, and torrential rain fell primarily around the Yaeyama region. As of 7:00 a.m., record-breaking rainfall of 125 mm/hr...

Chinese ship enters the waters around the Senkaku islands to approach fishing boat from Yonaguni

May 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

An incident in which two Chinese coast guard ships entered the waters near the Senkaku Islands to approach a Japanese fishing boat belonging to the Yonaguni Fishing Cooperative operating about 12 kilometers west-southwest from Uotsuri Island was reported...

Okinawa prefectural government expert committee recommends continuing call for visitors to avoid travel to Okinawa, suggests “coexistence with coronavirus”

Okinawa prefectural government expert committee recommends continuing call for visitors to avoid travel to Okinawa, suggests “coexistence with coronavirus”

May 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4, in light of the national government’s decision to extend Japan’s state of emergency regarding the coronavirus, a committee of experts formed by the Okinawa prefectural government held a meeting at the Okinawa Prefectural Medical Association hall in Haebaru...

Third unexploded bomb found at Naha Airport construction site

Third unexploded bomb found at Naha Airport construction site

April 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 2 a.m. on April 29, a U.S.-made 250-kilogram bomb, presumed to be a World War II relic, was found at Naha Airport’s Runway 1 construction site. Due to this, Runway 1 will be closed from April 29, leaving only Runway 2 operational. According to Naha Airport,...

Nanbu Medical Center workers fighting COVID-19 post ‘thank you’ sign in windows

Nanbu Medical Center workers fighting COVID-19 post ‘thank you’ sign in windows

April 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 22, hospital workers at Okinawa Prefectural Nanbu Medical Center & Children’s Medical Center posted a sign in the fourth-floor windows of the east wing that read, “Thank you for your support.” The facility, which treats COVID-19 patients,...

Run over while looking for food? Large numbers of living fossils dead

Run over while looking for food? Large numbers of living fossils dead

April 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Northern Okinawa – In Nago, there are many cases of Anderson’s crocodile newts becoming roadkill. The Anderson’s crocodile newt (family Salimandriae) is nicknamed “the living fossil,” and is a natural monument designated by Okinawa prefecture. The Nago...

Birth of Eagerly-Awaited Yonaguni Horse Healthy Foal in Shizuoka A Joyful Link Across the Sea

Birth of Eagerly-Awaited Yonaguni Horse Healthy Foal in Shizuoka A Joyful Link Across the Sea

April 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Muramatsu

Yonaguni – At dawn on March 20, an eagerly-awaited male foal was born to Auri and Meri, Yonaguni horses at Rakujyu-en, a public park in Mishima, Shizuoka. On March 26, Toshio Sakimoto, chair of the Yonaguni Tourism Association received...

All-Okinawa Coalition temporarily suspends sit-in protests to prevent spread of coronavirus

All-Okinawa Coalition temporarily suspends sit-in protests to prevent spread of coronavirus

April 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On April 14 the “All-Okinawa Coalition” (All-Okinawa Kaigi), which is made up of political parties and citizens’ groups that oppose relocation of Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City, announced that it is temporarily suspending...