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Naha Airport closed after Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter gets flat tire

Naha Airport closed after Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter gets flat tire

March 13, 2013 Ryukyu shimpo

At around 1:07pm, on March 12, at Naha Airport, a F-5 fighter belonging to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) stopped on the runway after its left tire became flat during landing. According to a spokesperson for the Naha base no injuries were reported. The runway was closed for about one hour and about 2200 passengers on at least 15 flights, most of them incoming, experienced disruptions.
Some of the aircraft had to land at Kadena Air Base or at...

 

F/A 18 Hornets drop cluster bombs in the sea around Okinawa

F/A 18 Hornets drop cluster bombs in the sea around Okinawa

March 15 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 14, four F/A 18 Hornets belonging to units based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni took off from Kadena Air Base.
The fighter aircraft are reported to have conducted training over the sea around Okinawa, where they dropped at least 14 of the 18 cluster...

American veteran passes on information about Okinawa’s postwar history

March 11, 2013 Tamiko Suzuki Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Through his website entitled REMEMBERING OKINAWA HISTORY, American veteran Donn Cuson, who currently resides in the suburbs of Tucson, Arizona, provides information on Okinawan history under the U.S. occupation from 1945 to 1972.

Cuson...

OPG moving to designate 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter as cultural asset

March 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Superintendent of the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education Hiroshi Oshiro commented on March 6 that the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) is to consider designating the former 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter as a cultural asset. Oshiro was replying to a question...

Human remains and ornaments found in a burial urn possibly confirm tomb

Human remains and ornaments found in a burial urn possibly confirm tomb

February 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 20, a representative of the Kunigami Education Board announced that five or six sets of human remains and some ornaments have been found in the Hedo district of Kunigami in a burial urn in the tomb in which Gihon, a king of the Ryukyu Islands who...

New Ishigaki Airport holds opening ceremony

New Ishigaki Airport holds opening ceremony

March 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 2, an opening ceremony was held in the domestic terminal building of the New Ishigaki Airport,...

Naha court rejects need for new environmental assessment for Futenma relocation

Naha court rejects need for new environmental assessment for Futenma relocation

February 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 20, the Naha District Court rejected a lawsuit in which 621 plaintiffs claimed that the central government’s approach to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the relocation of the facilities currently at Futenma to the coastal area of Camp...

Documentary movie about the secret of longevity in Okinawa previewed in Paris

Documentary movie about the secret of longevity in Okinawa previewed in Paris

February 18, 2013 Yoko Oshiro, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 23, a television documentary movie entitled La Force de l’Age, Power of Age, about the secret to longevity in Okinawa was previewed at a theater in Paris for people involved in the television industry....

Japan ready to ratify Hague Convention Bill

February 16, 2013 Ami Chibana of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is working towards early acceptance of the Hague Children’s Convention, which defines the rules for handling of children born to couples in failed international marriages. It is expected that the bill will be submitted...

A large quantity of ordnance found in Itoman

A large quantity of ordnance found in Itoman

February 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, a volunteer group found a large quantity of ordnance in a shelter in Itoman. There were 861 bullets, five hand-grenades and one artillery round that had been stored there during the Battle of Okinawa.

Seventy four year-old Naha resident...

Spoonbill recovers to return to the wild

Spoonbill recovers to return to the wild

February 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 14, as its caregivers looked on, the black-faced spoonbill that had been receiving medical treatment in an animal hospital in Naha since the end of last year was safely released back to the wild. Its injuries have healed but the bird was becoming...