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Okinawa Kizuna Declaration

Okinawa Kizuna Declaration

May 27, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 6th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM6), which was held at the Bankoku Shinryokan resort in Nago, came to a close on May 26. Leaders from 16 Pacific island countries who participated in PALM6 released a joint document named the Okinawa Kizuna Declaration, which centers on five themes such as expanding cooperation in dealing with natural disasters and maintaining maritime order in the Pacific.

At the press conference, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda,...

 

Passersby rescue stray loggerhead turtle on road

Passersby rescue stray loggerhead turtle on road

May 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

After 5:00am on May 21, on the road at Hentona in Kunigami, a driver on Route 58 found a loggerhead turtle, which is designated as an endangered species. In the brisk hours of the early morning, passersby and police officers cooperated to get the turtle back to the...

Ukrainian Balokhin wins the Miyakojima triathlon for the first time

Ukrainian Balokhin wins the Miyakojima triathlon for the first time

April 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 15, the 28th All Japan Triath about us lon Miyakojima (co-hosted by Miyakojima City and the Ryukyu Shimpo) was held with 1470 triathlon athletes started off at 7:00am...

Residents of Henza Island pray to the ocean for prosperity at Sangwacha

Residents of Henza Island pray to the ocean for prosperity at <em>Sangwacha</em>

March 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On Henza Island in Yonashiro, Uruma for three days from March 24, or March 3 on the lunar calendar, the traditional ceremony sangwacha was held. On nakanuhi, or the middle day of March 25, a tudanuiyu ceremony was held to pray for a good...

Hamauri held at beaches – people purify themselves

<em>Hamauri</em> held at beaches - people purify themselves

March 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 24, which is May 3 in the lunar calendar, a ceremony called hamauri was held at beaches around Okinawa. Every year, Okinawan people go to the beaches where they soak their hands and feet in seawater to cleanse themselves as they pray for their...

Okinawa International Movie Festival Opens – 350 movie stars and artists walk on the red carpet

Okinawa International Movie Festival Opens - 350 movie stars and artists walk on the red carpet

March 25, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 24, the 4th Okinawa International Movie Festival commenced at Ginowan and other places around Okinawa. About 350 movie stars and artists, including a comedy duo from Okinawa and popular comedians from the main islands of Japan, walked on the 300-meter long...

Black-faced spoonbill flies into the sky over Tomigusuku after having treatment

Black-faced spoonbill flies into the sky over Tomigusuku after having treatment

March 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 14, a black-faced spoonbill that had been entangled in fishing line recovered from its troubled situation flew into the sky over the Toyosaki mudflats, Tomigusuku. Two staff members of the Nature Conservation Section of the Okinawa Prefectural Government...

Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

March 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7 courtship displays by rare bearded mudskippers (tokagehaze or Scartelaos histophorus) were seen on the tidal flats in Fusozaki, Nanjo. Because the temperature was relatively high, the mudskippers stand up to attract each other before cuddling...

Black-faced Spoonbills enjoy sunbathing at Tomigusuku.

Black-faced Spoonbills enjoy sunbathing at Tomigusuku.

February 15, 2012 Photograph by Hiroaki Yamashiro

A high-pressure zone over the Okinawa region on February 14 brought blue skies and a summer-like day. A temperature of 26.5 degrees was recorded at Hateruma and on the Iriomote Islands, and in Naha it was 25 degrees, the sort of temperatures...

Defense Minister denies that Futenma Air Station will become a permanent fixture

Defense Minister denies that Futenma Air Station will become a permanent fixture

February 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of February 18, Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka visited the Second Futenma Elementary School, which is located adjacent to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. In response to principal Harumi Chinen’s request that something be done to remove...

Okinawan governor submits opinion on the Futenma relocation plan, calling it “impossible”

Okinawan governor submits opinion on the Futenma relocation plan, calling it “impossible”

February 21, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of February 20, in keeping with the regulations governing the environmental impact assessment report (EIA) submitted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) last December on the plan to construct an alternative...