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JCG’s craft rams into protester’s boat off Henko

JCG's craft rams into protester's boat off Henko

March 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 10, in Oura Bay, Nago, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG)’s special guard and rescue craft collided with a rubber boat carrying two activists protesting against new U.S. base construction. The JCG chased the protesters’ rubber boat, which crossed over the boundary marking temporally restricted area. The bow of the craft rode on a man riding at the rear of the boat. He was not seriously injured, but he complained of pain in his left shoulder, “I...

 

20 sanshin players perform, protesting against new US military base construction

20 <em>sanshin</em> players perform, protesting against new US military base construction

March 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizens are protesting against offshore construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. On Sanshin Day, March 4, 20 sanshin and Koto performers, including Eiji Shimabukuro,...

People’s rally opposing new US air base planned for March 21

People's rally opposing new US air base planned for March 21

March 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A committee of elected leaders and citizens will hold a people’s rally to block the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, at Sedake beach near the planned site from 1:00 p.m. on March 21. The event is being organized by the five ruling parties of...

New “Awamori Queens” selected

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March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 1 at the Loisir Hotel Naha in Naha City, the 2015 30th Awamori Queen Pageant was held. Miyu Oshiro from Chatan town, and Mako Yonaha and Ayumi Tokashiki from Naha City were selected as new queens. President Misako Tamanaha of the Prefectural Sake Brewers...

Nago Mayor declares he will employ every possible means to stop new US base construction

Nago Mayor declares he will employ every possible means to stop new US base construction

March 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine delivered his policy speech at the monthly meeting of the Nago City Assembly. Inamine criticized the Japanese government for forcing through construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago. He claimed, “The...

Largest black marlin ever caught off Yomitan

Largest black marlin ever caught off Yomitan

February 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 26, the Yomitan Fishery Association landed a giant black marlin at Toya Fishing Port in Yomitan. This was caught using a fixed fishing net. It is the largest black marlin weighing 350 kilograms and 3.90 meter long to be caught since the port opened.

The...

6 thousand of endemic species Yaeyama Ishigame exported in one and a half years

6 thousand of endemic species Yaeyama Ishigame exported in one and a half years

March 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yaeyama Ishigame or yellow pond turtle is endemic to the Yaeyama Islands. It is speculated that only about 30,000 of them live on the islands. According to the Ministry of the Environment, about 6,000 Yaeyama Ishigame turtles were exported overseas between the period...

Multinational party held in monorail attracts 130 people

Multinational party held in monorail attracts 130 people

March 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A monorail station and a train have been transformed into a party venue. On February 28, an international exchange event, “English Network Dinner” was held at Shuri station on the Okinawa City Monorail Line, or Yui Rail. The event participants got to...

Ryukyuan traditional patterns digitalized

Ryukyuan traditional patterns digitalized

March 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Crafts Promotion Center has assembled about one thousand Ryukyuan traditional patterns in a database. These patterns are used for Okinawan lacquer wares, bingata, Okinawan traditional resist dyed cloth, and textiles collected in museums and resource...

Monument built to honor victims of ordinance explosion at St. Matthew kindergarten

Monument built to honor victims of ordinance explosion at St. Matthew kindergarten

March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 2, 1974, during the construction of a side ditch close to Saint Matthew kindergarten in Oroku, Naha an unexploded ordinance exploded, killing four people, including students, and injuring 34 people. The explosion occurred during an annual Doll Festival held...

Nago city council accuses defense bureau of damaging coral in Henoko

Nago city council accuses defense bureau of damaging coral in Henoko

February 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 25, chairman Minoru Yabiku and other members of the Nago city council handed over a written opinion to Kazunori Inoue, the director of the Okinawa Defense Bureau. In the written opinion, they criticized the defense bureau for damaging coral by installing...