Top News

Katsuren Peninsula: rich sea where coral reefs live

Katsuren Peninsula: rich sea where coral reefs live

October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Under the blue sea off the coast of Katsuren Peninsula, Uruma City, where helicopters belonging to Japanese Self-Defense Forces and U.S. military fly over frequently, precious coral colonies such as blue coral and Pavona cactus, commonly known as ‘lettuce coral’, abound. Small creatures, such as sea slugs and anemone fish, live there.

Masayuki Tamae, 60, from Henza Island, who works as a diver, said, “A rich natural environment remains in...

 

Governor Onaga to attend 110th immigration anniversary ceremony in Peru

Governor Onaga to attend 110th immigration anniversary ceremony in Peru

October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, President Arturo Yara of Peru Okinawa Kenjinkai and board members visited Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Government to ask for his attendance at the 110th Peru immigration anniversary celebration ceremony next August. Governor...

Opposition to base burden increases due to Osprey training in Okinawa

October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 14, officials from the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) visited prefectural offices and the towns and cities hosting base compounds, announcing that beginning in 2017 U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing aircraft deployed from Yokota...

Okinawa Defense Bureau asks prefectural government to relocate hermit crabs in preparation for Henoko construction

October 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, it was discovered that the Okinawa Defense Bureau sent a request to the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education asking for permission to capture and relocate Coenobita hermit crabs, designated a natural monument by the national government, in advance...

Taketomi-Tsushima joint declaration on conserving endangered Wildcats

Taketomi-Tsushima joint declaration on conserving endangered Wildcats

October 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 8, Taketomi Town, Okinawa and Tsushima, Nagasaki announced,”Yamaneko Ai (love)! Land Joint Declaration” in an effort to promote the conservation of the Iriomote Yamaneko and Tsushima Yamaneko. The cats are the only endangered wildcat species...

Government appeals Okinawa governor’s revocation of landfill at Henoko

October 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of October 14, the Ministry of Defense filed an appeal with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism against Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of permission for landfill needed to build a new U.S. base in Henoko,...

Group opposing Henoko Soil Hauling discusses future activities

Group opposing Henoko Soil Hauling discusses future activities

October 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A nationwide liaison council, Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling, which is comprised of local organizations of the regions where the Okinawa Defense Bureau is collecting soil for the purpose of landfilling in Henoko, opened its second general meeting on the morning...

Nighttime Osprey flights double, conflicting with claims of burden reduction

October 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 7, the Okinawa Defense Bureau announced the results of a survey calculating the activity of MV-22 Osprey aircraft and helicopters at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma during fiscal 2014 (April 2014-March 2015). Osprey takeoffs numbered 1,368, and landings...

US Military and JSDF to permanently use Okidaito Island for military operations

October 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese government agreed upon sharing with the U.S. military the water and air area around Okidaito Island of Kitadaito Village, which currently hosts a U.S. military shooting range, at the joint U.S.-Japan commission on October 6. The area will...

Unexploded ordnance disposal in Naha City forces 1,700 people to evacuate

Unexploded ordnance disposal in Naha City forces 1,700 people to evacuate

October 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 10 a.m. on October 4, at a construction site for an accommodation facility in Yogi, Naha, Ground Self-Defense Force personnel disposed of an unexploded WWII five-inch shell (44 centimeters long and 12.7 centimeters in diameter). The unexploded ordnance was...

181 environmental groups support governor Onaga’s revocation of Henoko approval

October 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

One hundred eighty-one environmental organizations, including international environmental NGO FoE Japan, released a joint statement supporting Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga. Onaga revoked the approval to reclaim land for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’...