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Shelter built by students for the Japanese Imperial Army during the Battle of Okinawa to be exhibited

Shelter built by students for the Japanese Imperial Army during the Battle of Okinawa to be exhibited

June 3, 2014 Ami Chibana of Ryukyu Shimpo

On the site of Shurijo Castle Park in the Tonokura district of Shuri, Naha, lies Ryukon Go Cave, built by male students of the Okinawa Teacher’s School during the Battle of Okinawa.

The park administration office plans to preserve the cave.

It was completed by the students around March 1945, just before the U.S. military landed on the main Island of Okinawa. After they landed, the students used the hideout to contribute to the...

 

OIST’s researchers establish technique to identify individual coral by DNA profiling

May 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chuya Shinzato and his research team at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) announced on May 23 that they had established a technique to identify individual Acropora coral through DNA testing. The Acropora is the world’s most...

Court rejects Henoko residents’ call for a new impact assessment

Court rejects Henoko residents' call for a new impact assessment

May 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court passed a judgment on the initial appeal of about 300 citizens living near Camp Schwab in the Henoko district of Nago. The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the area,...

Okinawan tuna fishing boats have their trawl lines cut off 15 times

Okinawan tuna fishing boats have their trawl lines cut off 15 times

May 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In waters about 110 kilometers southwest of the main Island of Okinawa, seven tuna fishing boats had their trawl lines cut off by an unknown party.

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) reported that 15 incidents had occurred from May 16 to 25. The boats,...

A memorial service for Okinawan war dead held in Tinian

A memorial service for Okinawan war dead held in Tinian

May 28, 2014 Hisao Tome reports from Tinian

The 37th memorial service for the Okinawan war dead was held at the Tower of Okinawa in Tinian on May 27. About 100 people, including Okinawan returnees from Tenian, their families and local officials, attended the memorial service. They consoled...

Ospreys eight times louder than the CH-53 helicopter

Ospreys eight times louder than the CH-53 helicopter

May 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Takeshi Tokashiki, an associate professor at the University of the Ryukyus, has surveyed the frequency of noise emitted by the MV-22 Osprey and CH-53 helicopters stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. The survey revealed the Osprey aircraft’s noise...

“National treasure” hit by cars beyond designated risk-zone

“National treasure” hit by cars beyond designated risk-zone

May 21, 2014 Ryota Uehara of Ryukyu Shimpo

Seven Okinawan rails were hit and killed by cars in non-risk zones this month. The number is more than the total killed from January to April. While most accidents occur in areas where rails are known to roam and signage warns drivers to look out for...

Large coral reefs found in the seas surrounding Iriomote, Ishigaki Islands

Large coral reefs found in the seas surrounding Iriomote, Ishigaki Islands

May 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Large coral reefs were found on the deep-ocean floor off Nagura Bay, Ishigaki Island and off Iriomote Island. The reefs are at a depth of 30-55 meters. At a meeting of the 51st Okinawa Biological Society held at the University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara, on May 25,...

Okinawa Defense Bureau confirms traces of dugongs eating seaweed in the sea around Henoko

Okinawa Defense Bureau confirms traces of dugongs eating seaweed in the sea around Henoko

May 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau released a research report on the living organisms in the waters around Camp Schwab, on May 22. The research was carried out from November 2012 to March 2013. The defense bureau is proceeding with building a new base to replace Marine Corps...

About 2,100 people take part in 5.15 peace rally despite the rain

About 2,100 people take part in 5.15 peace rally despite the rain

May 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 18, the last day of the 37th peace march, a rally to protect life and peace was held in Ginowan. The march and rally commemorate the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty from the United Sates occupation. Despite heavy rain,...

Davao statue memorial service held for the Okinawan war dead in Philippines

Davao statue memorial service held for the Okinawan war dead in Philippines

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15 at the Statue of Davao at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman City, the Okinawa Davao Association held a memorial service. About 150 people attended, including bereaved families of the victims of the Pacific War who died in Davao in the Philippines. They prayed...