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Henoko Fund formally launched in Naha with 185 million yen

Henoko Fund formally launched in Naha with 185 million yen

May 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Henoko Fund aimed at supporting activities to prevent the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, a coastal community in the city of Nago in northern Okinawa Prefecture, was formally launched in Naha on May 13. Over 185 million yen had already been received in donations.

Members of the prefectural assembly and local business leaders had been preparing for the launch by holding meetings to raise funds and to select the fund’s...

 

“Mainland is inaccessible” Governor Onaga expresses what is in Okinawans’ hearts

May 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at the Prefectural Government Office around 10 a.m. on May 15. Governor Onaga was asked what he thinks is in “the hearts of Okinawans.” The question harked back to comments made by former governor...

35,000 attend rally demanding construction stops at new US base

35,000 attend rally demanding construction stops at new US base

May 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A huge rally against the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko in Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, was held on May 17 at Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha. About 35,000 people...

Tontonme mudskippers falling in love

Tontonme mudskippers falling in love

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, at a tidal wetland of Sashiki-fusozaki in Nanjo, Tontonme mudskippers’ breeding season started, and courtship behavior was observed.

Male mudskippers were demonstrating their beautiful back fins to attract the attention of females. Male mudskippers...

Naha Harii dragon boat race

Naha Harii dragon boat race

May 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The 41st Naha Harii dragon boat race has attracted thousands of spectators. Participants paddled on Okinawan dragon boats to pray for good catches and safety at sea. On the final day, May 5, the main race attracted 95,000 visitors, according to the organizers. At...

Okinawa Governor urges Defense Minister to respect right to self-determination regarding new US base

Okinawa Governor urges Defense Minister to respect right to self-determination regarding new US base

May 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Defense Minister Gen Nakatani had their first meeting on May 9 at the prefectural government office in Naha. Onaga asked Nakatani to cancel the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. The governor...

Okinawa Governor conveys his intention of investigating Henoko to central government

Okinawa Governor conveys his intention of investigating Henoko to central government

April 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) will carry out a survey in the sea off Henoko between May 11 and 25, to investigate how corals have been damaged by concrete blocks installed by the Okinawa Defense Bureau. Currently, the Ministry of Defense is conducting preparation...

Major rally against Henoko relocation to be held May 17

Major rally against Henoko relocation to be held May 17

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of civic leaders opposing the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago announced at a press conference in Naha on April 30 that a major rally against the base construction will be held on May 17 at 1 p.m. at Okinawa Cellular Stadium...

Protest rally against construction of new US military base attracts 2,500 people during Abe’s visit to US

Protest rally against construction of new US military base attracts 2,500 people during Abe's visit to US

April 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 28, a protest rally was held in the public square in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office in Naha. According to the organizers, about 2,500 people took part. In the Japan-U.S. summit meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack...

AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom opens

AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom opens

April 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A large commercial complex, AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom, which was built on the site of the former U.S. Marine Corps’ Awase Meadows Golf Course in Kitanakagusuku village, opened on April 25. Business people and municipal officials stressed that the mall is a good...

Reddish-brown moon appears during total eclipse

Reddish-brown moon appears during total eclipse

April 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s stargazers had a frustrating night on April 4 when clouds largely obscured the much anticipated lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth, moon and sun are aligned together, with the earth in the middle. The light from the sun is deflected...

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