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Scientific discovery on crown-of-thorns starfish communication could alleviate coral damage

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University and an Australian research team sequenced the genomes of crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) that live in Okinawa and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The researchers also found that COTS release a water-borne chemical substance into the ocean that attracts more COTS to aggregate. Since COTS feed on coral, a large population outbreak in Okinawa has caused a rise in the severity...

 

114 noise complaints filed to US military in Higashi

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Higashi village representative council’s regular meeting, it was announced that noise complaints filed against US military aircrafts went up to 114 cases between April 1, 2016 to March 14, 2017. This is twice the number of complaints in the previous year....

Ex-governor Ota nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Ex-governor Ota nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

April 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masahide Ota, ex-governor of Okinawa, has been nominated as a candidate for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The, “Continuing the spirit of ‘life itself is treasure,’ bringing the Nobel Peace Prize to the Okinawan people who lay the foundation for peace,” executive...

Hamaui held on beaches

Hamaui held on beaches

March 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On March 30, which is March 3 in the lunar calendar, Okinawan beaches were crowded with families and people enjoying shellfish gathering. Mitsue Ishikawa, who is from Ginowan City visited the beach at Yagaji, Nago with her daughter and granddaughter, and gathered...

Okinawa Prefectural Archives releases 580,000 pages of Battle of Okinawa-related US military documents

Okinawa Prefectural Archives releases 580,000 pages of Battle of Okinawa-related US military documents

March 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 31, the Okinawa Prefectural Archives will release to the general public roughly 584,000 pages of strategy report documents created by U.S. army and marine troops during the Battle of Okinawa. The documents were gathered from among documents held at the...

American journalist covers Okinawa people’s rally for Public Radio International broadcast

American journalist covers Okinawa people’s rally for Public Radio International broadcast

March 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

An American journalist, 37-year-old Sonia Narang, attended the prefectural people’s rally on March 25 opposing the construction of a replacement facility to Futenma Air Station in Henoko, Nago. Narang is investigating and reporting on the reality...

Churaumi Aquarium hosts world-first tiger shark birth from captive breeding

Churaumi Aquarium hosts world-first tiger shark birth from captive breeding

March 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Roughly between noon and 4 p.m. on March 23, a tiger shark gave birth in a shark display tank at Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu Town. Tiger sharks live in ranges from the tropics to temperate zones, and this is the first time a tiger shark has given birth from breeding...

More than 3,500 protest new base in Henoko, governor announces intention to revoke land reclamation approval

More than 3,500 protest new base in Henoko, governor announces intention to revoke land reclamation approval

March 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On March 25, the “prefectural people’s rally calling for immediate cancellation of unlawful land reclamation work and abandonment of the plan to build a new base in Henoko”, organized by the All Okinawa Coalition to Prevent Construction of...

Tsushima Maru Memorial Unveiled in Uken

Tsushima Maru Memorial Unveiled in Uken

March 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Midori Iwasaki reporting from Amami Oshima

The monument commemorating the evacuation boat “Tsushima Maru,” which was sunk by a torpedo attack from an American submarine in August, 1944, had its unveiling ceremony March 19 at Funoshi beach in Uken, on...

US military conducts parachute drop training ignoring local objections

US military conducts parachute drop training ignoring local objections

March 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 16 shortly after 5 p.m., the U.S. Air Force conducted parachute drop training over the water at Tsuken Island Training Area in Uruma City. Okinawa Prefecture and Uruma City have repeatedly requested the cancellation of parachute drop training over the water....

Famous Habu-Hunter’s indictment for unlicensed snake keeping dismissed after proper documentation provided

Famous Habu-Hunter’s indictment for unlicensed snake keeping dismissed after proper documentation provided

March 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yasuhiro Makishi (60), the famous habu hunter who has been catching habu (a viper native to Okinawa) in the mountains of the northern part of Okinawa’s main island for around 30 years, had his arrest dismissed by the Tokyo District Court on March 10. Makishi...