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This year’s first crop of tea leaves harvested in Nago

This year's first crop of tea leaves harvested in Nago

March 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 15, the earliest tea picking in Japan started at Kanigawa-seicha tea production company’s tea plantation in Isagawa, Nago.

Workers in groups of three carefully picked new tea leaves shining under the morning sun. The harvest of the first tea leaves will start in Oku, Kunigami, Nakagawa, Kin, and Ogimi in Yambaru, the northern part of Okinawa island.
The tea leaves harvested are “Shizu-inzatsu 131”, a brand name of tea with a floral...

 

Editorial: Human rights violations can no longer be tolerated

March 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In protest against the recent rape incident by a member of the U.S. military, Okinawans organized a large-scale rally in front of the gate to Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago. According to organizer estimates, 2,500 people joined the rally, far exceeding the target of...

Protesters numbering 2,500 request ban on US military personnel staying at lodging off base

Protesters numbering 2,500 request ban on US military personnel staying at lodging off base

March 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 21, a prefectural citizens’ rally (organized by peace groups and citizens’ groups) opposing base relocation within Okinawa held an emergency protest in front of the gate to Camp Schwab. This emergency protest was a reaction to the March 13 rape incident...

Takae residents protest against new construction of helipads

Takae residents protest against new construction of helipads

March 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 17, residents and opponents protesting against the construction of six military helipads in Takae as a condition of the partial return of the U.S military’s Northern Training Area held a meeting at their sit-in protest site in front of the N1 gate in...

Naha City Assembly resolves to protest against alleged rape by US sailor

Naha City Assembly resolves to protest against alleged rape by US sailor

March 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the regular meeting on March 17, Naha City Assembly unanimously resolved to protest against a recent alleged rape incident, for which a sailor belonging to U.S. Camp Schwab has been arrested. The assembly unanimously passed a written opinion with regard to the...

Anger spreads in response to alleged rape by US soldier

Anger spreads in response to alleged rape by US soldier

March 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

After a U.S. soldier was accused of raping a woman in Naha on March 13, voices of protest arose from many corners, including Okinawan women’s groups and the mayors of cities and towns hosting U.S. bases. Widespread protests were held on March 15. After protesting...

Onaga requests countermeasures to sexual assault allegedly by US military personnel upon receiving apology

Onaga requests countermeasures to sexual assault allegedly by US military personnel upon receiving apology

March 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In light of the recent incident of sexual assault on a Japanese tourist in Okinawa allegedly by a U.S. solider, on the afternoon of March 16, Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force Lawrence Nicholson and U.S. Consul General in Naha Joel Ehrendreich...

Woman of Okinawan descent living in Holland reunites with her relatives for the first time in three decades

Woman of Okinawan descent living in Holland reunites with her relatives for the first time in three decades

March 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideki Matsudo

On March 11, Cecilia Gerkens, a sixty-two-year-old woman from Singapore living in Holland, reunited with her relatives in Okinawa for the first time in three decades. She visited Okinawa to pay respects at her ancestors’ grave, because...

Ryukyu Shimpo Science Club receives MEXT special award

Ryukyu Shimpo Science Club receives MEXT special award

March 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) held an award ceremony for the year 2015 at the ministry office on March 9 to acknowledge businesses that promote experience-based youth programs. The ministry awarded “Shimpo Science Club”,...

Chinen wins fifth crown in Japanese Culinary Competition

Chinen wins fifth crown in Japanese Culinary Competition

March 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 9, the Association for the Advancement of the Japanese Culinary Art hosted its 29th Japanese Culinary Competition in Tokyo. In the Regional Cuisine Division, 39-year-old Tsukasa Chinen received the top honor with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry...

Big bluefin tuna caught off Kume Island coast

Big bluefin tuna caught off Kume Island coast

March 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoko Morinaga

On March 4, the captain of the Daisan Ryutoku Maru, Norio Iju, caught the biggest Pacific bluefin tuna fish to be landed on Kume Island this fishing season. The fish weighed 214 kilograms and was 2.5 meters long. The captain’s family...