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Protest at Futenma Air Station gate marks 8 years of bid for peace by Gospel-singing association

Protest at Futenma Air Station gate marks 8 years of bid for peace by Gospel-singing association

October 28, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hirofumi Mazaki

Eight years since its first protest activity, the Association for Singing Gospel at the Futenma Base Gate prayed for peace in front of a gate to the U.S. Futenma Air Station through the singing of hymns. On the evening of October 26, there were 19 Christians involved with the Association who donned masks and participated in a protest activity in front of the Nodake Gate of Futenma Air Station. The participants vowed that as long as...

 

On Global Uchinanchu Day, one group wants Okinawa to establish a global Uchinanchu center in time for the 2022 global Uchinanchu festival

On Global Uchinanchu Day, one group wants Okinawa to establish a global Uchinanchu center in time for the 2022 global Uchinanchu festival

October 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

October 30 is “Global Uchinanchu Day.” The Global Uchinanchu Center Establishment Support Committee (Choko Takayama, Takeshi Miki, and Seishin Oyama, joint representatives), which is looking to establish a location where Uchinanchu from all over the world...

More than 5 billion yen donated to rebuild Shuri Castle

More than 5 billion yen donated to rebuild Shuri Castle

October 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By October 28, it was clear that donations to rebuild Shuri Castle, which burned down in October of last year, had exceeded 5 billion yen. As of October 28, total donations to Okinawa Prefecture, Naha City, and the Okinawa Churashima Foundation amounted to at...

Okinawa announces 3 of their COVID-19 warning indicators have reached the level of “Widespread Infection,” points to large group parties as primary risk factor

October 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture continues to see new cases of COVID-19 on the rise, recording the largest number of new cases per 100,000 people since October 3, the worst for all prefectures in Japan. If the spread of the virus continues at its current pace, there is a fear...

Mahi-mahi sun drying process beings under autumn skies at Ginama Port

Mahi-mahi sun drying process beings under autumn skies at Ginama Port

October 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahito Arashiro

Kunigami Village’s autumnal tradition of sun-drying funuiyu (Okinawan for mahi-mahi) began in Ginama. The Funuiyu Festival is held annually around this time of the year at the Ginama fishing port, but this year it was canceled due...

Protect the Yambaru Long-Armed Scarab Beetle: In three northern Okinawa villages, 30 people participate in patrol to prevent poaching

Protect the Yambaru Long-Armed Scarab Beetle: In three northern Okinawa villages, 30 people participate in patrol to prevent poaching

October 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Northern Okinawa – On October 13, the Joint Council to Prevent Poaching of Yambaru Long-Armed Scarab Beetles (an office of the Okinawa Amami Nature Conservation Office of the Ministry of the Environment) conducted a joint patrol with the villages of Kunigami,...

Beloved local store to be re-built by third-generation owners after operating for over fifty years

Beloved local store to be re-built by third-generation owners after operating for over fifty years

October 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Kina

Motobu – The Nakasone Store, which has been operating for over 50 years in the Toguchi neighborhood of Motobu near the Motobu Town Market, will be undergoing a rebuild due to deterioration. The shop familiar to many with a history in...

Chatan Mayor asks Enterprise Bureau to stop use of contaminated water from Kadena

Chatan Mayor asks Enterprise Bureau to stop use of contaminated water from Kadena

October 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the issue of carcinogenic chemicals including perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) being detected in water from a group of wells on a U.S. military base in Kadena, which are sources of water for Chatan Water Treatment Plant, on October 20 Mayor Masaharu...

Defense Minister and Gov. Tamaki’s Henoko base construction talks come to a standstill

Defense Minister and Gov. Tamaki’s Henoko base construction talks come to a standstill

October 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 22, during his visit to Okinawa, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi met with Governor Denny Tamaki; Lt. Gen. H. Stacy Clardy III, commander of the U.S. troops in Okinawa and Okinawa Area Coordinator; and mayors of the municipalities hosting U.S. military...

Damaged roof tiles from Shuri Castle used to make flower bed, providing new home to 300 flowers at Tsuboya Elementary School in Naha

Damaged roof tiles from Shuri Castle used to make flower bed, providing new home to 300 flowers at Tsuboya Elementary School in Naha

October 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hiroe Nakagawa

Flower beds made with the red roofing tiles called aka kawara from Shuri Castle, which was destroyed in a fire, have started blooming flowers such as marigold and bougainvillea in various colors, delighting the eyes of both children and...

Do corals form clouds? University of Tokyo and OIST researchers decode Acropora genome, hope to elucidate environmental adaptability

October 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently, University of Tokyo Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute associate professor Chuya Shinzato, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) professor Noriyuki Sato, and others decoded the genome of 18 species of coral in the...