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Naha Mayor Onaga says “Fire burning for all Okinawans remains”

 Naha Mayor Onaga says “Fire burning for all Okinawans remains”

December 6, 2013 Ryukyu shimpo

The Naha City Assembly began questioning the Naha Municipal Government on December 6 as the December round of regular meetings. On the issue of moving the facilities at Futenma to Henoko in Nago, Mayor Takeshi Onaga said, “Even in these difficult circumstances, the fire burning for all Okinawans remains.” He expressed his wish to keep the hearts of Okinawans united in a nonpartisan manner, and for significant developments to happen. Onaga said,...

 

Yonaguni horse rescued from stranded cargo ship after 11 days

Yonaguni horse rescued from stranded cargo ship after 11 days

November 23, 2013 Rie Higashihama Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A one-and-a-half year-old Yonaguni horse was rescued safely from a freighter stranded on a reef near the northeastern part of Yonaguni Island in the afternoon of November 20. The horse had survived without eating or drinking...

U.S. government to provide compensation payment to taxi driver robbed and injured by military servicemen

November 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two U.S. military servicemen received prison sentences for robbing and injuring a taxi driver in Okinawa City in 2006. The U.S. government did not provide compensation to the victim for over four years. At first, they said that could not pay the victim if he...

Ten years of “Peace Candle” protests against building new U.S. military base in Henoko

Ten years of “Peace Candle” protests against building new U.S. military base in Henoko

November 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

As the U.S. and Japanese governments work on moving U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district in Nago, the “Peace Candle” gathering held on November 24 in protest against the building of a new base marked its tenth year. Every Saturday...

Oldest Okinawan earthenware found in Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City

Oldest Okinawan earthenware found in Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City

November 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A representative of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum announced on November 21 that the oldest piece of Okinawan earthenware discovered to date has been found in the Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City. Carbon dating has identified it as a piece with the...

New head for Japanese Association of Southern California

November 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sadao Tome, 72, was elected as the next executive director of the Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California (Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai) by its board in October. The association is the unified body for the 40 kenjinkai (prefectural associations) from...

All Japan Abstinence Federation marks 50th anniversary in Okinawa

All Japan Abstinence Federation marks 50th anniversary in Okinawa

November 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the All Japan Abstinence Federation was held at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan on November 17.

About 2,150 members of the federation and their family from 44 prefectural and...

Agent Orange second-generation victim urges Okinawa to conduct health survey

Agent Orange second-generation victim urges Okinawa to conduct health survey

November 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Agent Orange second-generation victim Heather Bowser gave a lecture at the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly on November 11. Her late father was a Vietnam War veteran and a victim of the defoliant known as Agent Orange. She was born without a right leg below the knee,...

Okinawan researchers succeed in sex-change for fish

November 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masaru Nakamura of the Okinawa Chura Umi Foundation and other researchers succeeded in converting an adult female fish to a male, for the first time in the world. They managed this by administering a drug that stops the synthesis of female hormones. The foundation...

Dugong plaintiffs consider new action in U.S. to block Henoko landfill

Dugong plaintiffs consider new action in U.S. to block Henoko landfill

November 6, 2013 Yugo Okita of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa dugong plaintiffs are considering filing a new lawsuit in the United States in an attempt to block the landfill in Henoko, Nago. The governments of Japan and the United States plan to build alternative facilities for U.S. Marine Corps...

Three winners of Miss Okinawa 2014

Three winners of Miss Okinawa 2014

November 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau held the Miss Okinawa Contest 2014 at the conference center in the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. The contest awarded prizes to winners in three separate categories: 19-year-old college student Keiko Takaesu...