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Japanese government resumes construction work of new U.S military base in the sea off Henoko

January 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The governments of Japan and the United States plan to construct a replacement base for U.S Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko, Nago. The Okinawa Defense Bureau resumed...

 

Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

January 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 25th Kakizome Festival was held at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha City on January 10. The event involves around 1,000 people writing kanji and prizes are awarded.

About 1,050 people ranging from three to 68 year-old took part in this year`s...

The year’s first auction at Tomari Fish Market

The year's first auction at Tomari Fish Market

January 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning of January 5, fishery and government officials prayed for a safe, bumper and prosperous year for business at the first auction of 2015 at Tomari Fish Market in Naha. The market resounded with the excited voices of middlemen. Buyers mainly bid...

Coral community in Oura Bay damaged

Coral community in Oura Bay damaged

January 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Porites cylindrica coral community in Oura Bay, Nago has been damaged. Members of the Diving Team Rainbow, part of the Helicopter Base Objection Association confirmed this on January 12. The location of the damage is near where a large vessel employed by the...

Barrier-Free Network Council receives award for tourist accessibility initiatives

Barrier-Free Network Council receives award for tourist accessibility initiatives

January 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 25, at the 8th Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Barrier-Free Promotion Awards, non-profit organization “Barrier-Free Network Council” was recognized for operating, among other activities, a tourist information center...

Flamingo found in Okinawa

Flamingo found in Okinawa

January 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Flamingos, which are not normally found in Okinawa, have been spotted on numerous occasions in the central southern part of the island since last December. There are no reports of birds escaping from any facilities in Okinawa. Bird lovers do not have an explanation...

Korean, Chinese students visit Henoko

Korean, Chinese students visit Henoko

January 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 8, in front of U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, citizens voiced their protest. They called for the governments of Japan and the United States to cancel the plan to build an offshore U.S. base for replacement of the Futenma base in Ginowan....

Parantica sita flies 1350 kilometers across the ocean to Okinawa

Parantica sita flies 1350 kilometers across the ocean to Okinawa

January 7, 2015 Ryota Nakamura of Ryukyu Shimpo

Last November, Yoshiharu Miyagi, administrative director of non-profit organization Yanbarusha, which promotes the connection of Yanbaru’s nature and people, found a Parantica sita, a butterfly from Ishikawa Prefecture. The butterfly had flown...

Iwanami Shoten and Okinawa exhibit held in Naha

Iwanami Shoten and Okinawa exhibit held in Naha

January 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 7, non-government museum Fukutsukan in Naha, which displays documents relating to the late Okinawan prominent political figure Kamejiro Senaga , started the Iwanami Shoten publisher and Okinawa exhibit.

The exhibition displays a copy of Report...

Rinken Band performs in Paris

Rinken Band performs in Paris

December 29, 2014 Yoko Oshiro, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

As December arrives and the streets of Paris fill with Parisians in long black coats, the Japan Culture House of Paris sprang to life in vibrant Okinawan colors when Rinken Band held a two-day concert on December 5 and 6.

The...

Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

January 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2, a New Year’s Festival was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. Popular Indian elephant Ryuka has performed kakizome, or first calligraphy of the year. She dexterously wrote sheep, this year’s Chinese...