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Diving around Kerama Islands to be regulated

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Popular diving havens in the Kerama Islands will soon have a cap on the number of people allowed to visit.

On May 8, both Tokashiki and Zamami Villages decided to make diving companies regulate the number of people who could access the ocean area of Kerama Islands. They aim to protect the natural environment, including coral reefs around the area. Companies recognized for their engagement in environmental protection are free from the rule. Within this...

 

Okinawan citizen group protests against Japan’s right to collective defense

Okinawan citizen group protests against Japan's right to collective defense

May 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, a citizen group opposing an amendment to the Constitution of Japan that would allow the pacifist nation to have its own military again, held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. They criticised plans to revise the constitution,...

60,000 Easter lilies in full bloom in Okinawa

60,000 Easter lilies in full bloom in Okinawa

May 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the solar calendar of East Asian cultures, May 5 or “Lixia” marks the beginning of Summer. The season was ushered in with the blooming of 60,000 Easter lilies at Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park in Okinawa City.

Many families viewed the lillies while...

OPG digitizing Ryukyu government documents

OPG digitizing Ryukyu government documents

April 30, 2014 Yoshiya Hokama of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has been working on a project to digitize the official documents created by the Government of the Ryukyu Islands during the American occupation. The OPG plans to release them on the website of the Okinawa...

World Youth Uchinanchu Festival to hold an international conference in Germany

World Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival to hold an international conference in Germany

April 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 28, Minami Tamamoto, the president of the World Youth Uchinanchu Association (WYUA) and Chiho Higa, the executive director of the WYUA Okinawa head office, held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. They reported on the third World...

Poll shows 74 percent of people oppose relocating U.S. Futenma base within Okinawa

Poll shows 74 percent of people oppose relocating U.S. Futenma base within Okinawa

May 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A telephone poll conducted in late April by the Ryukyu Shimpo showed only 16.6 percent of respondents supported the plan to move the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan to Henoko in Nago. The governments of Japan and the United States promote this plan....

A giant bluefin tuna caught at Tomari Fishing Port in Naha

A giant bluefin tuna caught at Tomari Fishing Port in Naha

April 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the middle of the fishing season, Asumaru ship captain Masanori Isagawa caught a giant bluefin tuna weighing 327 kilograms at Tomari Port in Naha on April 25. Isagawa said with a smile, “After seeing the tuna caught by longline fishing, I was so happy.”

The...

Plaintiffs claim landfill work for building US base will damage biodiversity of Henoko

April 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first verbal blows have been struck in a lawsuit challenging Okinawa Governor’s approval of the landfill to build a U.S. air base. On April 16 at the Naha District Court, plaintiffs and local residents asked the court to invalidate Governor Hirokazu...

An escaping crocodile captured at Chatan restaurant

An escaping crocodile captured at Chatan restaurant

April 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 8:43 a.m. on April 12, the police received a phone call that a reared crocodile had escaped from a restaurant in Mihama district of Chatan. The restaurant was temporarily closed for renovations. At 9:55 a.m., the police officers found the crocodile at a site...

Okinawan makeup artist shows her talent at international competitions

Okinawan makeup artist shows her talent at international competitions

April 10, 2014 Naoki Isa of Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirty-three-year-old Akiko Yamakawa from Nago City has been training to become a top makeup artist in the United States. Although she could not speak English in the beginning, she set her mind on success and moved to the United States at the age of...

OPG to interview Okinawan Americans who worked for the U.S. military during the Battle of Okinawa

April 10, 2014 Masatoshi Inafuku of Ryukyu Shimpo

In this fiscal year, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) will carry out a project to interview and collect the stories of Okinawan Americans who worked for the U.S. military during the Battle of Okinawa.

It will be the first time...