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Okinawan coronavirus strain that was prevalent in mid-July determined to be genetically similar to strain in Tokyo, but Okinawa Prefecture says the analysis “Does not provide a complete picture”

Okinawan coronavirus strain that was prevalent in mid-July determined to be genetically similar to strain in Tokyo, but Okinawa Prefecture says the analysis “Does not provide a complete picture”

September 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The strain of coronavirus that spread through Okinawa’s main island in mid-July was discovered to be similar to what was being found in Tokyo. After making a request to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Okinawa Prefecture analyzed the virus’ genetic makeup. The disease arrived in Okinawa from outside of the prefecture and spread through the “nightlife districts,” and from restaurants and bars the disease continued to spread rapidly through...

 

The “Hajichi” photo exhibit in Tokyo memorializes forgotten traditional custom of tattooing among women in Okinawa

The “Hajichi” photo exhibit in Tokyo memorializes forgotten traditional custom of tattooing among women in Okinawa

September 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Tokyo – Former Ryukyu Shimpo photographer Hiroaki Yamashiro’s photography collection “Ryukyu Memory – Hajichi” which captures images of the hand tattoos, is on exhibit in Tokyo at Nobunkyo – Nobunsho Center (an agriculture specialty...

Spectators and performers alike feel uplifted by Michi Junei, performed despite coronavirus

Spectators and performers alike feel uplifted by Michi Junei, performed despite coronavirus

September 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 2, Ukui, the final day of the Obon festival, the Okinawa City Kubota Youth Association performed the Eisa dance Michi Junei as a tribute to ancestors in the afterlife. Up through last year the Youth Association included a total...

Naha District Court dismisses lawsuit for referendum about GSDF deployment to Ishigaki City

Naha District Court dismisses lawsuit for referendum about GSDF deployment to Ishigaki City

August 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On August 27 in the Naha District Court (Judge Kaoru Hirayama presiding), a decision was handed down in the public trial of the lawsuit requesting that the city shoulder the responsibility of conducting a local referendum concerning the plan to deploy...

Uniting the world and Okinawa: Andres Higa, founder of Uchinanchu Day

Uniting the world and Okinawa: Andres Higa, founder of Uchinanchu Day

August 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

October 30 was designated World Uchinanchu Day in 2016 during the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival (Uchinanchu Taikai), falling on the final day of the multi-day event. One of the masterminds behind the celebratory day is Andres Higa, 46, a member of the Nago...

Diary of mayor who lost wife and four children in Tsushima Maru sinking is published

Diary of mayor who lost wife and four children in Tsushima Maru sinking is published

August 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Reiko Akamine

Aug 22, 2020 marks 76 years to the day since Tsushima Maru, a passenger/cargo ship carrying children and civilian evacuees out of Okinawa, was sunk by an American submarine during WWII. While the number of living survivors and bereaved...

Eleven rushed to hospital after box jellyfish stings, possibly related to coronavirus beach closures

Eleven rushed to hospital after box jellyfish stings, possibly related to coronavirus beach closures

August 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Uruma – Between August 1 and 19, 11 people were rushed to the hospital after being stung by box jellyfish or Portuguese man o’ wars, leading the Uruma Fire Department (led by Fire Chief Asahiro Morimizato) to call for increased caution. “We are asking people...

Ishigaki residents demand construction related to JSDF deployment be halted, citing noise pollution and environmental destruction

Ishigaki residents demand construction related to JSDF deployment be halted, citing noise pollution and environmental destruction

August 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki – The Ishigaki citizens’ liaison committee to prevent military base construction on Ishigaki Island sent a written demand to the Ministry of Defense and the Okinawa Defense Bureau August 17, demanding that construction cease on a Japan Ground Self...

Four police helicopters parked at Naha Airport for guarding the Senkaku Islands

Four police helicopters parked at Naha Airport for guarding the Senkaku Islands

August 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 6:00 p.m. on August 12, it was confirmed that four large helicopters belonging to the Metropolitan Police Department, the Osaka Prefectural Police, and the like are parked at Naha Airport. According to Okinawa Prefectural Police personnel, these helicopters...

Arrows of light visible in the summer night sky

Arrows of light visible in the summer night sky

August 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Mention of the Perseid Meteor Shower conjures up images of the night sky in summer. The meteor shower was at its peak from late night on August 12 until just before dawn on August 13. The meteors leaving trails as they streaked across the night sky were even seen...

Okinawa raises alert to highest level and extends the prefecture’s state of emergency

Okinawa raises alert to highest level and extends the prefecture’s state of emergency

August 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Okinawa Prefecture announced August 13 that they were raising their COVID-19 alert level to the highest of their 4 levels, “rampant spread,” and have extended Okinawa’s state of emergency, originally scheduled to expire August 15, through...