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Strong opposition against temporary deployments of US Air National Guard F-16 squadrons to Kadena

Strong opposition against temporary deployments of US Air National Guard F-16 squadrons to Kadena

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Five F-16 fighters belonging to the 125th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron located at Tulsa Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma landed at Kadena U.S. Air Base on October 22. According to the U.S. Air Force, 12 F-16 fighters will be deployed temporarily to Kadena from the Tulsa Air National Guard Base.

The U.S. Air Force has not revealed how long they will stay in Okinawa.

This is the third time that fighter squadrons belonging to Air National Guard...

 

Two typhoon experts at University of the Ryukyus collaborate

Two typhoon experts at University of the Ryukyus collaborate

October 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two typhoon experts, 44-year-old associate professor Hiroyuki Yamada and 33-year-old assistant professor Kosuke Ito have formed a rare partnership in their research into mesoscale meteorology and numerical weather prediction systems in the Geoscience Section at...

Governor Onaga to attend 110th immigration anniversary ceremony in Peru

Governor Onaga to attend 110th immigration anniversary ceremony in Peru

October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, President Arturo Yara of Peru Okinawa Kenjinkai and board members visited Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Government to ask for his attendance at the 110th Peru immigration anniversary celebration ceremony next August. Governor...

Group opposing Henoko Soil Hauling discusses future activities

Group opposing Henoko Soil Hauling discusses future activities

October 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A nationwide liaison council, Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling, which is comprised of local organizations of the regions where the Okinawa Defense Bureau is collecting soil for the purpose of landfilling in Henoko, opened its second general meeting on the morning...

Unexploded ordnance disposal in Naha City forces 1,700 people to evacuate

Unexploded ordnance disposal in Naha City forces 1,700 people to evacuate

October 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 10 a.m. on October 4, at a construction site for an accommodation facility in Yogi, Naha, Ground Self-Defense Force personnel disposed of an unexploded WWII five-inch shell (44 centimeters long and 12.7 centimeters in diameter). The unexploded ordnance was...

Both Governors swear new era of exchange on 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa Sister-State Relationship

Both Governors swear new era of exchange on 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa Sister-State Relationship

October 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 30th anniversary ceremony of a sister-state affiliation between Okinawa and Hawaii was held on the evening of October 9 at the Loisir Hotel & Spa Tower Naha in Naha.

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Hawaii Governor David Ige expressed gratitude...

University presidents in Okinawa ask for halt on US military flights

University presidents in Okinawa ask for halt on US military flights

October 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten presidents of universities, colleges and a technical junior college in Okinawa sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister at the end of September, asking for halt of the flight of U.S. military aircraft over the campuses.

They will...

Civilian victims of Battle of Okinawa file PTSD medical certificate in damage suit against government

Civilian victims of Battle of Okinawa file PTSD medical certificate in damage suit against government

October 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 30, a trial hearing of a case involving 79 survivors and survival family members embroiled in the Battle of Okinawa has concluded at Naha District Court. The plaintiffs filed for damages against the Japanese government. The decision will be given on...

Shuri Castle Festival: Iraha elected for role of new King, Ikeda as queen.

Shuri Castle Festival: Iraha elected for role of new King, Ikeda as queen.

September 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A contest to select the king and queen for the Shuri Castle Festival 2015 was held at a hotel in Naha. The Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park hosts this event annually.

Thirty-four-year-old Takahito Iraha was elected as the new king and twenty-one-year-old...

Okinawa’s higher education institutions do not apply for MOD national security research funds

September 24, 2015 Tomoki Yasutomi of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense has announced its intention to grant research funds (with an annual maximum of 30,000,000 yen) as part of a system toward investigating the practicality of applying military technology to counter small drone and cyber...

GPS shows sea turtle drifted from Saipan to Kunigami

GPS shows sea turtle drifted from Saipan to Kunigami

September 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A female green turtle, an endangered species, was found dead at Iji, Kunigami, after having laid eggs in Saipan. Sea turtles drifting 2,000 kilometers from Saipan to Japan is a rare event....