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How far will costs rise? 147.1 billion yen already spent on mere 1% of Henoko land reclamation, prefectural government estimates total of 2.55 trillion

How far will costs rise? 147.1 billion yen already spent on mere 1% of Henoko land reclamation, prefectural government estimates total of 2.55 trillion

December 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 14 marks one year from the day that the government started dumping soil into the bay for the new base construction in Henoko, Nago.

In the past year, roughly 1% of the total soil required for the land reclamation project has been filled in. Going forward, it will be necessary to reinforce the weak seafloor on the Oura Bay side where land reclamation has yet to take place, and there is no doubt that the construction period will be extended...

 

Here’s what to know about the new food hall on Kokusai Street

Here’s what to know about the new food hall on Kokusai Street

December 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, South Island Spice Co., Ltd. (Naha City,) owned by Spice Works Inc. (Tokyo, CEO: Wataru Shimotono) launched the “Okinawa Kokusai Noren-gai” food hall complex inside the former Okinawa Mitsukoshi building in Makishi, Naha City.

The...

Shurijo Castle Park reopens majority of restricted area after fire

Shurijo Castle Park reopens majority of restricted area after fire

December 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shurijo Castle Park Management Center announced on December 11 that areas of the park affected by the fire will partially reopen to the public on December 12; namely the Kankaimon, Kyukeimon and Kofukumon gates, the Iri-no Azana (west azana watchtower) and the...

Nansei Islands Dugong Declared Critically Endangered The World’s Largest Nature Conservation Network Worries about the Impact of New Base Construction

Nansei Islands Dugong Declared Critically Endangered The World’s Largest Nature Conservation Network Worries about the Impact of New Base Construction

December 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 10, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that the dugong that inhabit the waters around the Nansei Islands are critically endangered.

The IUCN is the world’s largest nature conservation organization with more...

New species of squid discovered in Okinawa named after Nobel Laureate and OIST founder Sydney Brenner

New species of squid discovered in Okinawa named after Nobel Laureate and OIST founder Sydney Brenner

December 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

New species continue to be discovered in the ocean around Okinawa.

The sea anemone that has been raised for many years at Churaumi Aquarium was confirmed to be a new species.

A research team that includes members from the Okinawa Institute of Science...

“This is an outrageous situation. We cannot allow it.” Mayor of Kin and Igei Ward head protest the dropping of flares in rice fields

“This is an outrageous situation. We cannot allow it.” Mayor of Kin and Igei Ward head protest the dropping of flares in rice fields

December 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kin – After an incident where three mortar flares were dropped on private property such as rice paddies in the Igei ward of Kin, Kin mayor Hajime Nakama and Igei Ward chief Hitoshi Yamazato visited Kazunori Tanaka, head of the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB),...

“Mainland” intellectuals to issue statement opposing “militarization” of Miyako and Ishigaki

“Mainland” intellectuals to issue statement opposing “militarization” of Miyako and Ishigaki

December 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirty-two intellectuals, journalists and the like from outside Okinawa have decided to issue a collective statement in opposition to the deployment of Ground Self-Defense Forces in Miyako Island, Ishigaki Island and other outlying islands, and are currently gathering...

Editorial:Testu Nakamura Killed – Wishing to Carry on His Legacy of Nonviolence

December 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tetsu Nakamura, a physician and representative of Peshawar-kai in Afghanistan, was shot by an armed group and died. Peshawar-kai is a non-governmental organization working to aid Afghanistan’s recovery. Nakamura was a champion of nonviolence and worked endlessly...

Okinawa and Tetsu Nakamura, doctor slain in Afghanistan

Okinawa and Tetsu Nakamura, doctor slain in Afghanistan

December 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Haruko Tabuki

Japanese physician Tetsu Nakamura was recently shot and killed in Afghanistan.

The recipient of the inaugural Okinawa Peace Prize as the Peshawar-kai representative for Afghanistan, Nakamura had deep ties with Okinawa.

He...

Okinawans host Eisa dancing event in Indonesia in support of Shuri Castle

Okinawans host Eisa dancing event in Indonesia in support of Shuri Castle

December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Keiichiro Ono

In support of the reconstruction of Shuri Castle, which recently burned down, over 100 people gathered for a charity event in front of a Japanese restaurant in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta November 29.

Both Japanese people with...

More call for 32nd Army headquarters trenches under Shuri Castle to be opened to the public as castle is rebuilt

More call for 32nd Army headquarters trenches under Shuri Castle to be opened to the public as castle is rebuilt

December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

While support grows for the reconstruction of Shuri Castle after it was destroyed in a fire, more are also calling for the underground trenches used as the Japanese 32nd Army headquarters to be opened to the public. Eiki Senaha, 91, of Naha, who is the former...