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Okinawan singer Cocco keeps supporting children in disaster-affected area

Okinawan singer Cocco keeps supporting children in disaster-affected area

March 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Cocco, an artist from Okinawa, has been supporting a disaster-affected area of the Great East Japan Earthquake through the selling of CDs and charity bazaars of her private items. By 2015, she had donated about 14,580,000 yen to support orphans. This year, she donated about 1,750,000 yen to a public utility association, Chance for Children, which offers educational support for children in a financially difficult situation in a disaster-affected area. Cocco says,...

 

World’s largest coral transplantation in Okinawa

World's largest coral transplantation in Okinawa

March 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Coral reef week” was from February 27 to March 13. Healthy coral reefs are in danger of being bleached by high water temperatures and red soil run-off. In order to protect biodiversity, tourism and fishing resources, the Okinawa Prefectural Government...

Governor to exercise authority even if defeated in court

Governor to exercise authority even if defeated in court

March 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The recent settlement between the Japanese national government and the Okinawa prefectural government over the nullification of the permit to reclaim land off the coast of Henoko, Nago City was explained in Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s recent report to a full...

Editorial: Nothing short of reducing US stationing in Okinawa will prevent repeated sexual assaults

March 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The direct link between the presence of U.S. bases in Okinawa and humans rights violations in Okinawa has been made apparent time and again. Dignity of the women living in and possibly even visiting Okinawa is being inexcusably trampled underfoot.

We will...

US soldier arrested on suspicion of raping Japanese tourist in Naha

March 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

March 13, Naha police arrested a U.S. Navy sailor, 24, who belongs to Camp Schwab in Nago, on suspicion of raping a Japanese tourist sleeping at a hotel in Naha.

The suspect was sent to Naha District Prosecutors’ Office on March 14. According to investigating...

Joint Serakaki resort hotel project aimed for completion in 2018

March 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyu Land Corporation (TLC), NTT Urban Development, and Milial Resort Hotels have recently concluded a contract for a joint hotel project in Serakaki, Onna Village. The three companies (based in Tokyo, Tokyo, and Chiba Prefectures respectively) will jointly develop...

Disappointment in Okinawa after unsuccessful Taiwan-Japan fishery talks

Disappointment in Okinawa after unsuccessful Taiwan-Japan fishery talks

March 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taiwan-Japan Fishery Talks were held from March 2 to 4. At the meeting, officials decided that the 2016 Bluefin Tuna Fishing Season Fishing Rule (April to July quarter) will adhere to the 15-year rule, in accordance with the Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement. The...

32 whales blow seawater – whale-watching season at peak in Zamami

32 whales blow seawater – whale-watching season at peak in Zamami

March 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Whale-watching tours in the sea around Zamami Island have reached their season peak. On March 2, thirty-two whales were confirmed near the island. And tourists enjoyed seeing whales lift their heads above the sea surface and blow seawater.

There were more...

National government orders Okinawa to reinstate permit, Okinawa to file objection with dispute committee

March 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 8, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii sent Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga an official order to revoke his nullification of the Henoko land reclamation permit. The permit is needed to implement the relocation of U.S. Marine...

Okinawan municipalities conduct Japanese language assistance for students with foreign citizenship

March 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 3, Ryukyu Shimpo found that 18 municipalities in Okinawa implemented programs of Japanese language assistance and guidance to public school students who have foreign citizenship, foreign parents, and roots overseas. The results came from a survey of 41 municipalities...

Memorial monument of “Pigs from the Sea” conveys bond between Okinawa and Hawaii

Memorial monument of “Pigs from the Sea” conveys bond between Okinawa and Hawaii

March 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A memorial monument was built in the property of the former Uruma Citizens’ Art Theatre in order to commemorate a historical event in which Okinawans in Hawaii sent 550 pigs to Okinawa, in an attempt to aid people suffering food shortages in the post-WWII period....