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Naha Airport’s Runway No. 2 open for use, first flight to land greeted by firehose arch

Naha Airport’s Runway No. 2 open for use, first flight to land greeted by firehose arch

March 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Airport’s No. 2 runway, built by filling in land off the coast, opened for use March 26.

The runway’s first arrival, a flight from Skymark Airlines, touched down at 8:05 a.m., and was greeted by a water arch provided by a pair of firetrucks on either side.

Runway No. 2 runs 2,700 meters in length, with a width of 60 meters. The completion of the new runway will increase the annual flight capacity of Naha Airport from 135,000 to 240,000....

 

Official history of Ryukyu Kingdom to be designated Important National Cultural Property

Official history of Ryukyu Kingdom to be designated Important National Cultural Property

March 19, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 19, Japan’s Council for Cultural Affairs made a recommendation to Koichi Hagiuda, the minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, to designate the official history books of the Ryukyu Kingdom—the Chuzan Seikan (six volumes), Chuzan...

Former members of referendum association meet, plan to ask prefectural government to re-revoke land reclamation permit

Former members of referendum association meet, plan to ask prefectural government to re-revoke land reclamation permit

March 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 21, former members of the “Henoko” Prefectural Referendum Association, who directly petitioned for the holding of the prefectural referendum in February 2019 on whether residents supported or opposed the land reclamation in Henoko, Nago as part of the...

Patrol unit formed after 2016 military incident “doesn’t target specific entity,” government says

Patrol unit formed after 2016 military incident “doesn’t target specific entity,” government says

March 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government formed the “Okinawa Regional Safety Patrol”, also known as “ao-pato” (literally: blue patrol), in response to the 2016 incident in which a U.S. military-civilian (a Marine Corps veteran) killed an Okinawan woman.

The aim of...

JTA to suspend 60 flight routes due to reduced demand during coronavirus pandemic

JTA to suspend 60 flight routes due to reduced demand during coronavirus pandemic

March 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan Transocean Air (JTA) announced their plan to suspend 60 flight routes from Naha, Fukuoka, Miyako, and Ishigaki from March 29 through April 5.

This decision was made due to reduced demand from passengers amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The...

Newly discovered photos of Futenma from 1925 provide a clear view of locals as well as pine forest destroyed in the Battle of Okinawa

Newly discovered photos of Futenma from 1925 provide a clear view of locals as well as pine forest destroyed in the Battle of Okinawa

March 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Kazuki Furugen

Recently, 88 pre-war photographs such as the one above, which shows locals gathered on the day of a folk art festival taken in 1925 at the “Ginon Nanmachi,” a national natural monument consisting of a row of pine trees connecting Futuenma...

Ginowan citizens complain of 90-decibel national anthem broadcast from MCAS Futenma

Ginowan citizens complain of 90-decibel national anthem broadcast from MCAS Futenma

March 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 17 it came to light that townspeople had been successively lodging complaints concerning the national anthems of Japan and the United States being projected at 90 decibels or higher at around 8:00 a.m. from on the compound of MCAS Futenma in Ginowan City,...

A Field Blanketed in Yellow Sunflowers in Full Bloom in Kumejima

A Field Blanketed in Yellow Sunflowers in Full Bloom in Kumejima

March 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kumejima – Enormous sunflower blossoms invite huge smiles. A field in Janadou, Kumejima is blanketed with yellow sunflowers.

Tourists stop to enjoy the contrast between the flowers and the blue sky.

The sunflower field is close to the Kumejima...

Injured Okinawa woodpecker returns to wild after three months of rehab

Injured Okinawa woodpecker returns to wild after three months of rehab

March 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kunigami, Okinawa—In the afternoon on March 16, a rescued Okinawa woodpecker was released back into the wild in Ada, Kunigami, where it was found injured. Okinawa woodpeckers are an endangered species and also designated a special national treasure. The bird was...

Crimson deigo flowers bloom brilliantly in the chilly spring weather

Crimson deigo flowers bloom brilliantly in the chilly spring weather

March 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 15, high atmospheric pressure brought clear skies to the Okinawa region. Okinawa’s official flower, the deigo, of the legume family, was in full bloom at the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park in Okinawa City, to the delight of visitors to the park....

A beach opening with no swimmers? Japan’s southernmost event to be curtailed by COVID-19

A beach opening with no swimmers? Japan’s southernmost event to be curtailed by COVID-19

March 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki – “Japan’s Southernmost point! Yaeyama Beach Opening 2020” (hosted by the Yaeyama Visitor’s Bureau) was held March 14 at Sukuji Beach in Kabira, Yaeyama. However, the event was greatly scaled back as a prevention measure against the spread of...