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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, which are part of the Okinawa Tuna Fishery Association that has fishing rights in the Adjacent Sea, had their trawl lines cut off six times. There is a suspicion U.S. navy warships were involved. The...

 

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...

Peace march to mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty

Peace march to mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japanese sovereignty

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

To mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty, a rally was held in the Henoko district of Nago on May 16. Participants marched around three courses. According to the organizers, about 1,100 people from in and outside Japan took...

Ginoza Village Association of Argentina celebrates the 100th anniversary of emigration to Argentina

April 29, 2014 Richard Oshiro, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Okinawa Association Hall in Argentina, the Ginoza Village Association held a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of emigration to Argentina. The association also celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding.

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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...