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Rice planting starts in Iriomote Island, earliest harvest in Japan

Rice planting starts in Iriomote Island, earliest harvest in Japan

January 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s earliest rice planting has now begun in the prefecture’s Yaeyama region, where most of the rice grown in Okinawa is produced. In Taketomi Town on Iriomote Island, 39-year-old rice farmer Kohkin Nishiohmasu started planting rice seedlings of the Hitomebore brand with his rice planter for the earliest harvest in the country. He plans to plant the seedlings in his 10-hectare rice paddies, aiming to harvest about 40 tons of rice. Nishiohmasu said,...

 

Coral reefs in Oura Bay recovering from El Nino

Coral reefs in Oura Bay recovering from El Nino

January 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Association for Protecting the Beautiful Sea of Okinawa carried out a survey to check the condition of coral reefs in Oura Bay, Nago City. The association surveyed two areas in the bay, including Chiribishi where staghorn coral is recovering from the near-extinction...

Chemicals detected in Kadena Air Base water

Chemicals detected in Kadena Air Base water

January 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 18, Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced that an illegal chemical substance was found in Kadena Air Base water, Dakujaku River and Hija River. Dakujaku River runs through Okinawa City and Hija River runs through towns such as Kadena. OPG relies...

Okinawa prefectural government inquiry into Dugongs in four ocean areas

January 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Department of Environmental Affairs of the prefectural government will carry out a survey on dugongs from fiscal year 2016 for two years. The animal is designated as a protected species in Japan. This will be the first investigation for dugongs by the prefectural...

Former JSDF member calls sit-in at Camp Schwab a bulwark against militarism

Former JSDF member calls sit-in at Camp Schwab a bulwark against militarism

January 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning on January 18, about 80 citizens gathered in front of Camp Schwab’s gate to protest construction of the replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko, Nago. Between 7 a.m. and 9:20 a.m., riot police officers removed...

Okinawa’s “Free Cram School” paving the way to dream schools

Okinawa’s “Free Cram School” paving the way to dream schools

January 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Manato Akira

Last June, a “Free Cram School” initiative targeting high school students from economically deprived families opened its doors to the public in Okinawa City. There has already been news of students getting accepted to their first-choice...

“Jaws” in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium dies after three days in captivity

January 7 and 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A great white shark has been exhibited in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Great white sharks account for the largest number of shark attacks against humans and also appeared in the American film “Jaws”.

The shark was a male about 3.5-meter long and...

Fundraising for Okinawan infant with severe heart disorder reaches 350 million yen

Fundraising for Okinawan infant with severe heart disorder reaches 350 million yen

January 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5, Operation Save Noa, a volunteer group to support one-year-old Noa Onaga who needs to travel to the United States for a heart transplant because of a severe heart disorder, held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Government building. The...

Okinawa hits record high child poverty rate of 37%, 2.7 times higher than 2012 nationwide rate

Okinawa hits record high child poverty rate of 37%, 2.7 times higher than 2012 nationwide rate

January 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s child poverty rate hit 37.5 percent in 2012, the highest in Japan. On January 4, Kensaku Tomuro, Associate Professor of Yamagata University, announced the findings of his nationwide child poverty rate survey. Results revealed that over one-third of...

New Year’s solemn ceremony at Shuri Castle

New Year’s solemn ceremony at Shuri Castle

January 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 1 to 3, a New Year’s ceremony was held at Shurijo Castle Park, Naha. The Chouhaiokishiki, or Imperial Court New Year’s morning ceremony, which used to take place at Shuri Castle on New Year’s Day during the Ryukyu Dynasty, was demonstrated. Many...

30% of high school teachers notice students financially in trouble

December 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, a questionnaire carried out by the Ryukyu Shimpo and the Prefectural High School and Handicapped People’s School Teacher’s and Staff Union revealed that 28.9% of high school teachers and staff had noticed some students could not bring...