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Nago Council adopts statement protesting against Governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

Nago Council adopts statement protesting against Governor's approval of Henoko landfill

February 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nago City Council held an extraordinary session on February 3. It adopted a statement protesting against Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaime approval of the Henoko landfill and seeking the withdrawal of this approval. The city council also adopted a statement protesting against the central government promoting the plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago, and demanded cancellation of the plan to move the base within Okinawa, and...

 

Spring Festival tourists come to Okinawa

Spring Festival tourists come to Okinawa

January 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Because of the long holiday of the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) from January 30 to February 6, many tourists from Taiwan and mainland China came to Okinawa. They used international flights between Naha and Taipei, Shanghai and others during the holidays....

Tougazuke sweet awarded top prize at 36th Naha Food and Product Fair

<em>Tougazuke</em> sweet awarded top prize at 36th Naha Food and Product Fair

February 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Jahana kippan-ten won the highest prize for its product tougazuke assortment at the 36th Naha food and product fair. It received the highest score among the products of 17 companies at the judging held on January 17. The judges recognized this sweet...

Komiya films a mirage at Nago Bay

Komiya films a mirage at Nago Bay

January 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryoichi Komiya, a member of the Friends of Nago Museum, successfully filmed a mirage in which light rays produce an image of a distant object. A mirage was observed on January 6. An image of a big ship cut across in front of the setting sun at the Nago Bay. Komiya,...

2012 survey reveals that 74 percent of Okinawan people view the concentration of U.S. military bases in Okinawa as discrimination

2012 survey reveals that 74 percent of Okinawan people view the concentration of U.S. military bases in Okinawa as discrimination

January 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural government carried out an awareness survey for Okinawan people from October to November 2012. The survey revealed on January 28 that 73.9 percent people see the situation in which about 74 percent of the U.S. military facilities in Japan...

U.S. government does not mention stopping operations at Futenma within five years

January 31, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Susumu Matayoshi, the head of the Executive Office of the Governor, met Marc Knapper, director of the Office of Japanese Affairs and Andrew Winternitz, the Pentagon director for Japan policies at the Department...

Opposition leader Itokazu visits the U.S. to request cancellation of Henoko landfill

Opposition leader Itokazu visits the U.S. to request cancellation of Henoko landfill

January 31, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On January 29, Keiko Itokazu, a member of the Upper House and a leader among the anti-U.S. base movement, and Naha City councilors held a news conference in Washington D.C. They spoke about their direct appeal...

Big blue marlin caught off the coast of Kumejima

Big blue marlin caught off the coast of Kumejima

January 31, 2014 Yoko Morinaga, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 30, the day before the New Year of the old calendar, a big blue marlin or kurokawakajiki, 4 meters long and weighing 333 kilograms was caught on Kumejima Island. Captain Kunio Nakamichi, 63, a member of the Kumejima Fishery...

Seaweed Food Fair held in Onna Village

Seaweed Food Fair held in Onna Village

January 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Onna Village is the birthplace of cultivating seaweeds such as sea grapes, mozuku and sea lettuces. In the village, the Seaweed Food Fair started on January 29. Twenty-three restaurants took part. The event continues until April 30.

According to the Village...

Scholars and journalists issue statement: Japan and the United States should abandon building a new US base in Henoko

Scholars and journalists issue statement: Japan and the United States should abandon building a new US base in Henoko

January 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 27, 65 scholars and journalists in Okinawa and other prefectures issued an emergency statement asking the governments of Japan and the United States to abandon their plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Ginowan to Henoko in Nago,...

6,410,000 tourists visit Okinawa in 2013 – a new annual record

January 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 20, the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced the number of tourists who visited Okinawa from January to December 2013. The number was 6,413,700, a new annual record. This represents a 9.9 percent increase over the previous year. It exceeded the...