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Hawaii’s Ige tells Onaga he is inspired by great participation from abroad in Uchinanchu Festival

Hawaii’s Ige tells Onaga he is inspired by great participation from abroad in Uchinanchu Festival

October 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Governor of Hawaii David Ige visited Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Prefectural Office in the evening on October 26 during his trip to Okinawa to attend the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival. The two confirmed that Okinawa and Hawaii will continue education, student, and cultural exchanges. Governor Ige said that he had been personally looking forward to coming to Okinawa, and that he is inspired to see everyone who had returned to Okinawa from...

 

Protests in Osaka call for withdrawal of Osaka police from Okinawa after “dojin” remark

Protests in Osaka call for withdrawal of Osaka police from Okinawa after “dojin” remark

October 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 24, a total of around 150 citizens, labor union members and others, both local and from outside Osaka Prefecture, visited the Osaka Prefectural Office and the Osaka Prefectural Police Department headquarters (see photograph) to protest recent events...

5th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival held to deepen bond for Okinawaʻs future

5th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival held to deepen bond for Okinawaʻs future

October 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 20, the 5th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival was held for the first time in Okinawa. At the opening ceremony in Sawafuji Mirai Hall, Nishihara, more than 200 participants attended. Four representatives pledged that Uchinanchu youth from around the...

Swimming in Ginowan’s beaches prohibited after sighting of shark

October 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Swimming was prohibited in Chatan beaches after the sighting of a shark, reportedly a Bull shark, in the Mihama area of the Town. Since October 12, swimming in Tropical beach in the Mashiki area of Ginowan City has also been prohibited. This is the third beach...

Family of Korean war victims faces difficulty in getting names inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

Family of Korean war victims faces difficulty in getting names inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

October 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The family of two Korean war victims who were suspected to have died in Okinawa had been hoping to get the victims’ names inscribed on the Cornerstone of Peace in Mabuni, Itoman City. However, on October 5, they were told they could not apply because there was...

Rare Okinawa woodpecker spotted in Takae

Rare Okinawa woodpecker spotted in Takae

October 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Construction of new helicopter landing pads (helipads) is scheduled in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA), which spans across Higashi Village and Kunigami Village. Around Arakawa dam, which neighbors the NTA, an Okinawa woodpecker, which has been...

Four years after Osprey deployment, some call for a stop to operations; others positive

Four years after Osprey deployment, some call for a stop to operations; others positive

October 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Ginowan) October 1 marks four years since MV-22 Osprey verticle takeoff and landing transport aircraft were deployed, despite local opposition, to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma in Ginowan City. Protesters who blockaded the base to express their...

US Harrier jet crashes off Okinawa

US Harrier jet crashes off Okinawa

September 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. Marines AV-8 Harrier jet went down in the ocean off Okinawa after taking off from U.S. Kadena Air Base on the afternoon of September 22. According to the U.S. military, the pilot was safe and the Nakagusuku branch of the Japan Coast Guard dispatched rescue...

US base issues cast doubt on World Natural Heritage Site designation for Yambaru National Park woodlands

US base issues cast doubt on World Natural Heritage Site designation for Yambaru National Park woodlands

September 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The meeting of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that was held in Hawaii at the beginning of the month focused on the issue of invasive species. During the meeting the IUCN adopted a recommendation on protecting Okinawa Island against...

Yambaru National Park: Wild forest area in northern Okinawa designated national park

Yambaru National Park: Wild forest area in northern Okinawa designated national park

September 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government has designated 16,300 hectares of forest covering the villages of Kunigami,

Higashi, and Ogimi in the northern part of Okinawa Prefecture as its 33rd national park. Named Yambaru National Park, its designation as a new national...

JSDF aircraft carry heavy equipment over prefectural road for U.S. helipad construction

JSDF aircraft carry heavy equipment over prefectural road for U.S. helipad construction

September 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

[Helipad reporting team] On September 13, shortly after 9 a.m., the Okinawa Defense Bureau began transporting heavy equipment using two Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) CH-47 helicopters. The equipment must be transported in order to construct new helicopter...