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Governor Onaga says reports that he accepts helipads were inaccurate

Governor Onaga says reports that he accepts helipads were inaccurate

November 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 29, Governor Takeshi Onaga told reporters that despite his statement at a news conference the day before that the partial return of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area conditioned on the construction of new helipads presented “the ultimate painful decision”, he does not accept the helipad construction. “I do not accept that the helipad construction is moving forward despite the fact that no environmental impact assessment...

 

Winter approaching in Okinawa as the temperature hits 15.7 C in Oku

Winter approaching in Okinawa as the temperature hits 15.7 C in Oku

November 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The temperature dropped in Okinawa as cold air covered the area on November 24, the same day the first snow for the season was observed in Tokyo. The air temperature dropped to lower than the previous day in all 28 temperature observation stations in the prefecture....

Hyakuna Garan receives three international awards for hotel service

Hyakuna Garan receives three international awards for hotel service

November 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Hotel “Hyakuna Garan” in Nanjo City has taken out three international awards. The “World Boutique Hotel Award” is dedicated to hotels which offer high-quality service regardless of hotel size. In the food and drink section, Hyakuna Garan was the...

Naha symposium addresses dangers facing Yambaru from U.S. military in Takae, Henoko, Ie-jima

Naha symposium addresses dangers facing Yambaru from U.S. military in Takae, Henoko, Ie-jima

November 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 26, at a youth assembly hall (Okinawa-ken Seinenkaikan Horu) in Naha City, an Okinawan group opposing military base relocation within Okinawa held an urgent symposium on protecting the whole of Yambaru from becoming a danger zone in...

Governor suggests reluctant acceptance of helipad construction, remains opposed to Osprey

Governor suggests reluctant acceptance of helipad construction, remains opposed to Osprey

November 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
On November 28, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held an interview with multiple news outlets in advance of the two-year anniversary of his inauguration as governor on December 10. Regarding the plan to return slightly more than half of the U.S. military’s Northern...

Physically challenged karate champion and the two masters behind her success

Physically challenged karate champion and the two masters behind her success

November 25, 2016 Wakana Hanmine of Ryukyu Shimpo

An unexpected bond between three generations of masters and an apprentice has resulted in a karate champion. Aika Arakaki is a 23-year-old who is deaf and practices karate while working at a confectionery factory in Naha. In October, she won...

Annis and Uehara publish English shopping guide of Okinawan vegetables and farmer’s markets

Annis and Uehara publish English shopping guide of Okinawan vegetables and farmer’s markets

November 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawans are very well-acquainted with goya (bitter gourds), hechima (loofah gourds), handama (Okinawan spinach), and such Okinawan vegetables. However, when foreign people first encounter these, they notice many peculiarities in appearance and taste. Casey...

Onaga encourages other governors to imagine 18% of their prefecture consisting of U.S. bases

Onaga encourages other governors to imagine 18% of their prefecture consisting of U.S. bases

November 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) At an assembly of nationwide governors on November 21, the first meeting of a study group established within the governors’ association with the aim of reducing the burden of U.S. bases on Okinawa was held at the Prefectural Assembly Hall in Tokyo’s...

Vietnam and Okinawa to make TV drama

Vietnam and Okinawa to make TV drama

November 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A press conference on a joint TV drama co-production between Okinawan and Vietnamese television broadcasting companies was held recently at the head office of Okinawa Family Mart in Naha City.

The drama aims to promote tourism, products and friendship...

In second Futenma noise lawsuit, court rejects demand for flight ban, claims of unconstitutionality

In second Futenma noise lawsuit, court rejects demand for flight ban, claims of unconstitutionality

November 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 17, the Okinawa branch of the Naha District Court, presided over by Judge Tetsuya Fujikura, issued a judgement in the second Futenma noise lawsuit. The lawsuit saw 3,417 residents living near U.S. Maine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma demand a substantial...

Nine hundred people gather to demand fair trial from Supreme Court in Henoko lawsuit

Nine hundred people gather to demand fair trial from Supreme Court in Henoko lawsuit

November 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At noon on November 21, the All Okinawa Kaigi (All Okinawa Coalition) held a gathering in front of the Naha Branch of the Fukuoka High Court at Jogaku Park, demanding a neutral and fair trial from the Supreme Court. According to the organizers, 900 people participated...