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Former Okinawa Governor Ota: When wars occur, governments send young people to battlefields first

Former Okinawa Governor Ota: When wars occur, governments send young people to battlefields first

June 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the lead up to the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota who is director of the Ota Peace Research Institute, has delivered a lecture at Mawashi High School on June 4.

Ota talked about the Abe administration’s push to revise the Constitution of Japan to allow collective defense. He told students, “If there is another war in Japan, Okinawa will be the first to be attacked because it hosts military...

 

U.S. Navy deflects call for explanation about damages to tuna fishing boats

U.S. Navy deflects call for explanation about damages to tuna fishing boats

June 10, 2014 Hideki Matsudo and Kenichi Yoshida of Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of the Okinawan fishing industry suspect the US Navy Ocean Surveillance Ship Impeccable was involved in cutting the trawl lines of seven tuna fishing boats in waters near the main Island of Okinawa. On June 9, a public...

Captain of fishing boat strongly suspects U.S. ship involvement in trawl line-cutting

Captain of fishing boat strongly suspects U.S. ship involvement in trawl line-cutting

June 7, 2014 Kenichi Yoshida and Shinji Sano of Ryukyu Shimpo

Seven tuna fishing boats had their lines cut off one after another in waters near the main Island of Okinawa. The fishing industry suspects a U.S. Navy vessel was involved in the incidents. The captain of Daiichi Kotobuki Maru,...

Shelter built by students for the Japanese Imperial Army during the Battle of Okinawa to be exhibited

Shelter built by students for the Japanese Imperial Army during the Battle of Okinawa to be exhibited

June 3, 2014 Ami Chibana of Ryukyu Shimpo

On the site of Shurijo Castle Park in the Tonokura district of Shuri, Naha, lies Ryukon Go Cave, built by male students of the Okinawa Teacher’s School during the Battle of Okinawa.

The park administration office plans to preserve the cave.

It...

OIST’s researchers establish technique to identify individual coral by DNA profiling

May 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chuya Shinzato and his research team at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) announced on May 23 that they had established a technique to identify individual Acropora coral through DNA testing. The Acropora is the world’s most...

Court rejects Henoko residents’ call for a new impact assessment

Court rejects Henoko residents' call for a new impact assessment

May 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court passed a judgment on the initial appeal of about 300 citizens living near Camp Schwab in the Henoko district of Nago. The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the area,...

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,...

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,...