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2,000 protesters surround Government Office to demand Okinawa Governor’s resignation

2,000 protesters surround Government Office to demand Okinawa Governor’s resignation

February 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Last December Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima approved the landfill application for the replacement of the U.S. Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago. On February 14, a citizens group and four opposition parties of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held a rally to demand that the governor resign and withdraw his approval. About 2,000 protesters surrounded the Okinawa Prefectural Government building. The participants voiced their anger at the governor. One...

 

Nago Mayor asks US Ambassador Kennedy to cancel relocation of Futenma base to Henoko

Nago Mayor asks US Ambassador Kennedy to cancel relocation of Futenma base to Henoko

February 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy held a meeting with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine at a hotel in Naha in the afternoon of February 12. Inamine asked the ambassador to abandon the plan of moving the Futenma base to Henoko, Nago, saying, “I do not want to...

Komiya films a mirage at Nago Bay

Komiya films a mirage at Nago Bay

January 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryoichi Komiya, a member of the Friends of Nago Museum, successfully filmed a mirage in which light rays produce an image of a distant object. A mirage was observed on January 6. An image of a big ship cut across in front of the setting sun at the Nago Bay. Komiya,...

Arsa seaweed harvest starts on Ojima

Arsa seaweed harvest starts on Ojima

January 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The arsa or hitoegusa (Monostroma nitidum Wittrock) seaweed harvest has started at Ojima, Nanjo City. Shigemasa Oshiro, 59, who visited a beach on the island, said, “This year’s cold and sunny weather helps arsa grow very well.”

The seaweed, which...

National Theatre Okinawa celebrates 10th anniversary of its opening

National Theatre Okinawa celebrates 10th anniversary of its opening

January 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Marking the 10th anniversary of its opening, the National Theater Okinawa held commemoration ceremony and celebration performance in Urasoe on January 18.

Many people involved celebrated this occasion for the theater that has been growing as the Hall of...

Re-elected Nago Mayor Inamine asserts he will prevent Futenma relocation to Henoko

Re-elected Nago Mayor Inamine asserts he will prevent Futenma relocation to Henoko

January 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Winning the Nago mayoral election on January 19, reelected Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine held a press conference in the morning of the next day. The focal issue of the election was to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. In the...

Over 120 plaintiffs join lawsuit for withdrawal of Henoko relocation approval

Over 120 plaintiffs join lawsuit for withdrawal of Henoko relocation approval

January 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The plaintiffs group and legal team of 126 people has been seeking cancellation of the approval of the Henoko landfill by initiating an administrative lawsuit. They held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office on January 9. The suit is against the...

Muuchi Day to wish for children to grow up healthy

<em>Muuchi</em> Day to wish for children to grow up healthy

January 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

January 8 (December 8 in the old lunar calendar) is the Muuchi Day to wish for children to grow up to be healthy and strong. Muuchi is a rice cake wrapped with sannin or shell ginger leaves. On January 7, cake shops in a market in Naha...

Elephant Ryuka tries first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka tries first calligraphy of the year

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2, the Indian elephant Ryuka tried kakizome or first calligraphy at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. She wrote this year’s Chinese zodiac sign of Horse in kanji, holding a special customized brush for calligraphy with her trunk. In tribute to...

New Year’s first auction at Tomari Fish Market in Naha

New Year's first auction at Tomari Fish Market in Naha

January 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first auction of the year was held on January 4 at the Tomari Fish Market in Naha. In the early morning 5:30 a.m., the market resounded with excited voices of middlemen and was filled with an air of excitement. A big‐eyed tuna has fetched a high price of...

US Futenma base relocation issue: Growing protest against Governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

US Futenma base relocation issue: Growing protest against Governor's approval of Henoko landfill

December 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 28, peace groups and four opposition parties of the Prefectural Assembly held a protest rally against Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of the Henoko landfill. More than 700 people took part in the rally held in the square of the Prefectural...

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