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Okinawa to provide more multi-lingual diving guides

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In fiscal 2014, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) will work on a project to train people who speak foreign languages to become diving guides.

The OPG aims to equip job seekers who can speak foreign languages with the diving expertise and skills needed to safely guide tourists.

Consulting with diving shop owners, the government plans to recruit eight people by August.

With the aim of producing qualified diving instructors, the government...

 

Peace march to mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty

Peace march to mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japanese sovereignty

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

To mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty, a rally was held in the Henoko district of Nago on May 16. Participants marched around three courses. According to the organizers, about 1,100 people from in and outside Japan took...

Okinawa Rail’s eggs found in the belly of Habu snake

Okinawa Rail’s eggs found in the belly of Habu snake

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nago’s snake hunter Yasuhiro Makishi, 57, caught a habu snake and discovered that it had swallowed up the head of an adult Okinawa rail in the forest of Kunigami Jashiki at around 1:50 a.m. on May 8. When he opened the belly of the snake to make habu-sake or...

Okinawa woodpeckers raise their babies in Takae

Okinawa woodpeckers raise their babies in Takae

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A member of a volunteer group confirmed that a rare bird with special national heritage status, is raising babies in the forest of Takae, Higashi. Chosei Tamaki, 74, the head of an environmental NGO, discovered an Okinawa woodpecker (or Noguchigera) nest just before...

Ginoza Village Association of Argentina celebrates the 100th anniversary of emigration to Argentina

April 29, 2014 Richard Oshiro, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Okinawa Association Hall in Argentina, the Ginoza Village Association held a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of emigration to Argentina. The association also celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding.

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Orion Beer operating mega solar power plant

Orion Beer operating mega solar power plant

May 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three mega solar power plants, constructed by the Orion Beer company in Okinawa, have been switched on. On May 12, at the Orion Arashiyama Mega Solar Power Plant at Kogachi, Nago, the company held an opening and celebration. Orion Beer is the first food and beverage...

Ryukyu Golden Kings attracts 100,000 visitors a year for the first time in a professional basketball league in Japan

Ryukyu Golden Kings attracts 100,000 visitors a year for the first time in a professional basketball league in Japan

May 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s national league basketball team Ryukyu Golden Kings attracted 101,054 visitors in the year ending May 11 – a national record. According to a spokesperson of the team, which is a star team in Japan’s professional basketball league or “bj league”,...

Nago Mayor dismisses the idea of accelerating construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko

Nago Mayor dismisses the idea of accelerating construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko

May 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government plans to begin within a year building a new U.S. military base in Henoko to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine addressed media gathered at the City Government Office on May 12. He said he opposed the plan...

Nago City asks the Okinawa Defence Bureau to resubmit applications for Henoko relocation

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 8, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine announced his municipal government had sent the Okinawa Defense Bureau a request for the resubmission of applications for occupancy of Henoko Port in Nago. As part of plans to move the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko,...

Okinawan Elementary School students learn about the Battle of Okinawa

Okinawan Elementary School students learn about the Battle of Okinawa

May 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of studies for a peace class, 120 pupils of Yomitan’s Furugenminami Elementary School visited the Okinawa International Peace Research Institute in Naha on May 2.

Taking notes, they looked at displays showing about 1500 photographs about the Battle...

Diving around Kerama Islands to be regulated

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Popular diving havens in the Kerama Islands will soon have a cap on the number of people allowed to visit.

On May 8, both Tokashiki and Zamami Villages decided to make diving companies regulate the number of people who could access the ocean area of Kerama...