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High levels of PFOS detected in Kin Town, the highest level at site adjacent to US base

High levels of PFOS detected in Kin Town, the highest level at site adjacent to US base

March 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

It came to light on March 11 that through a water quality study conducted on the rivers and drainage channels in Kin Town, Okinawa Prefecture, high concentrations of organic fluorine compounds (PFOS/PFOA), the use of which is principally prohibited within Japan, were detected in 3 places.

Given that the highest detected values of these compounds were found at a site adjacent to the U.S. Camp Hansen, the Kin Town government claims that it is highly probably...

 

Henoko locals question Okinawa Defense Bureau’s artificial turtle nests

Henoko locals question Okinawa Defense Bureau’s artificial turtle nests

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
Henoko, Nago City—On March 9, the Okinawa Defense Bureau proceeded to fill the coast with sand and dirt as part of the land reclamation project to build a new U.S. military base for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Workers...

Okinawa university students appeal to U.N. Secretary-General to visit Okinawa

Okinawa university students appeal to U.N. Secretary-General to visit Okinawa

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Please look at what’s happening in Okinawa.”

That is the message of a letter sent by around 40 students at Okinawa International University to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who will be visiting Japan in August.

The Secretary-General...

Basic Repairs on the Dragon Pillars which Remained Standing After the Fire at Shuri Castle

Basic Repairs on the Dragon Pillars which Remained Standing After the Fire at Shuri Castle

February 28, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 27, in Shurijo Castle Park, Naha, Okinawa, basic repairs began on the Giant Dragon Pillars that were damaged in the Shuri Castle Fire. The fire destroyed parts of the castle, including the main hall, last October.
 
According to the...

Surveillance footage of Shuri Castle Fire reveals 18-minute gap

Surveillance footage of Shuri Castle Fire reveals 18-minute gap

February 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 26, the Okinawa General Bureau released surveillance footage of the Shuri Castle fire, captured on four security cameras positioned inside and outside the Seiden Main Hall.

According to the footage, the motion sensors detected smoke and alerted...

Steel object drops from U.S. military helicopter into ocean 1.3 kilometers from Torii Station

Steel object drops from U.S. military helicopter into ocean 1.3 kilometers from Torii Station

February 25, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

At about 1:10 p.m. on February 25, a steel object was dropped from a CH-53E transport helicopter, which is stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, over the ocean 1.3 kilometers west of Torii Station in Yomitan Village.

The object was being...

“Voting isn’t the end”–one year after the referendum, youth speak their minds

“Voting isn’t the end”--one year after the referendum, youth speak their minds

February 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

February 24 marked the passage of one year since the prefectural referendum showing Okinawans’ opposition to the land reclamation in Henoko, Nago as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan. On February 23, four youth in their...

Participants from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan search for remains of Battle of Okinawa victims in Kenken, Motobu, wish for peace in East Asia

Participants from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan search for remains of Battle of Okinawa victims in Kenken, Motobu, wish for peace in East Asia

February 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

February 9 saw the start of joint excavation work by youth from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan (organized by the Kenken Remains Excavation Joint Action Committee) on land in Kenken, Motobu where the remains of fourteen people, including two Koreans, were buried...

Changing Sadness and Despair into Hope and Love Turning Hopes for Shuri Castle’s Reconstruction into Art

Changing Sadness and Despair into Hope and Love Turning Hopes for Shuri Castle’s Reconstruction into Art

February 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Kazuki Furugen

Manabu Kochi is an artist from Naha who lives in France.

Recently, he completed a painting imbued with the grief he feels at the loss of Shuri Castle, which burned down in late October of last year, and his hopes for its reconstruction....

Parhelion sunlight phenomenon observed in Naha City and Urasoe City

Parhelion sunlight phenomenon observed in Naha City and Urasoe City

February 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of February 11, a light phenomenon in which light appears in the sky horizontal to the sun, called a “parhelion (genjitsu)”, was observed in Naha City and Urasoe City.

The light appearing to both sides of the sun made it seem as though...

Kin and Honolulu sign a friendship agreement on the 120-year anniversary of Okinawans first emigrating from Okinawa to Hawaii

Kin and Honolulu sign a friendship agreement on the 120-year anniversary of Okinawans first emigrating from Okinawa to Hawaii

February 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The town of Kin (Hajime Nakama, mayor) and the city of Honolulu (Kirk Caldwell, mayor), signed a friendship agreement on February 11 at Honolulu City Hall as part of a celebration of Okinawa’s first emigrants to Hawaii from Kin 120 years ago.

They will...