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Biggest tuna caught in Ishigaki

Biggest tuna caught in Ishigaki

March 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 30, a 413 kilogram-bluefin tuna measuring about 2.6 meters was landed at Ishigaki Fishing Port. With a large population of tuna, Ishigaki is one of the foremost fishing ports in Okinawa. Hiroyuki Tanaka, the captain of Tenshinmaru, said it took five hours to catch the tuna. He added, “I was surprised. I am now relieved to have caught the tuna.”

The Bluefin tuna was caught in the water about 55 kilometers south of Ishigaki Island....

 

Regional opinion poll reveals opposition of 58% to Henoko relocation and 68% to Futenma Air Station remaining in place

Regional opinion poll reveals opposition of 58% to Henoko relocation and 68% to Futenma Air Station remaining in place

April 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government carried out an opinion poll among Okinawan citizens in 2015 relating to regional security. One question asked was “Do you support or oppose the Japanese government’s plan to relocate Futenma Air Station to Henoko in Nago City?”...

Testimony by Japanese soldier of Korean descent tells of abuse by fellow soldiers

Testimony by Japanese soldier of Korean descent tells of abuse by fellow soldiers

April 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hideki Matsudo

U.S. forces landed on Okinawa Island on April 1, 1945, marking the start of the Battle of Okinawa. On March 31, 2016, Ryukyu Shimpo obtained a written record of testimony made by a Japanese soldier of Korean descent who had been captured...

Okinawan novelist released after being held for 8 hours in US military base

Okinawan novelist released after being held for 8 hours in US military base

April 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 2, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) referred Akutagawa Prize winning novelist Shun Medoruma, 55, to the Naha prosecutor’s office. The novelist was arrested on March 1 on suspicion of violating the Act on Special Measures Concerning Criminal Cases for entering...

Governor Onaga to visit Hawaii in May, calling for participation in Uchinanchu Festival

March 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga plans to visit Hawaii and the mainland of the United States of America and Canada in May, leading a caravan to promote the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival.
The festival will be held in October in Okinawa. The caravan will also...

Sky lit by red moon, possible impact from air pollution

Sky lit by red moon, possible impact from air pollution

March 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of March 27, Ryukyu Shimpo received information from several readers that the moon was glowing red in the sky. It was four days after the full moon, and the slightly waning moon hung low in the sky, fantastically lighting up the night.

According...

Impassioned call for repeal of security legislation bridges multiple generations

Impassioned call for repeal of security legislation bridges multiple generations

March 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early afternoon on March 29, about 250 participants of a gathering organized by the Okinawa Peace Movement Center called Abolish the War-Fighting Law! Don’t Let the Abe Administration Go Out of Control! raised their voices in opposition to the security...

Japan’s Self-Defense Force opens radar station in Yonaguni

Japan’s Self-Defense Force opens radar station in Yonaguni

March 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 28, the Ministry of Defense opened a new military base and radar station for Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force on Yonaguni Island. About 160 personnel, who will be stationed at the base, arrived and an opening ceremony was held. With China’s...

Okinawan personnel interacting with foreign tourists note language barrier as greatest challenge

March 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government and Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau concluded an investigative report on March 23 of personnel interacting with the tourist industry regarding their reception of foreign tourists during 2015. This is the first time the report...

Law passed to promote collection of war victim remains

March 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A law to promote collecting the remains of war victims was passed in the Lower House plenary session on March 24. The ordinance sees the collection of the remains of victims in the war, including the Battle of Okinawa, as the “responsibility of the nation.”...

High school textbooks avoid mentioning Japanese military’s involvement in forced mass suicides of Okinawans

High school textbooks avoid mentioning Japanese military's involvement in forced mass suicides of Okinawans

March 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 18, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology announced the screening results for high school textbooks to be used from the 2017 academic year. With regard to the description of “group suicide (forced mass suicide) of Okinawans”...