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Okinawa’s higher education institutions do not apply for MOD national security research funds

September 24, 2015 Tomoki Yasutomi of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense has announced its intention to grant research funds (with an annual maximum of 30,000,000 yen) as part of a system toward investigating the practicality of applying military technology to counter small drone and cyber attacks. In response, the Ryukyu Shimpo conducted a survey of 11 higher education institutions within Okinawa Prefecture. All 10 of the institutions that answered the survey expressed the opinion that...

 

Endangered Languages Summit in Okinawa to discuss 8 UNESCO-listed languages

Endangered Languages Summit in Okinawa to discuss 8 UNESCO-listed languages

September 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 18 at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum, an “Endangered Languages and Dialects Summit” was held. People concerned about the dying out of eight languages listed as endangered by UNESCO discussed how the languages could be passed down to...

Berkeley City Assembly resolves to oppose new base construction in Henoko

September 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington D.C.

In the evening of September 15, the City Assembly of Berkeley California unanimously resolved to oppose the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago, and promote...

Historical Highlights of Okinawa’s Hardships, Debating Base Issues at UN Symposium

Historical Highlights of Okinawa's Hardships, Debating Base Issues at UN Symposium

September 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Geneva

On the morning of September 21, the symposium Militarization and Human Rights Violations in Okinawa opened at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Governor Onaga spoke first at the symposium for...

Gov. Onaga gives speech at UN calling for stop to US Henoko base construction

Gov. Onaga gives speech at UN calling for stop to US Henoko base construction

September 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimp Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Geneva

On September 21, shortly after 5:00 p.m., Governor Takeshi Onaga gave a speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, speaking about the fact that Okinawans do not agree to the new base construction...

Okinawa Governor to make speech at UN as step to stop human rights violations

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will make speech at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland on September 21 and 22.

It will be the first time a prefectural governor from Japan has taken the stage. The speech is an opportunity for the governor to reveal the crises in Okinawa,...

Okinawa ranks No.1 in tourist satisfaction for seven consecutive years

Okinawa ranks No.1 in tourist satisfaction for seven consecutive years

September 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 7, the Jaran Research Center, a domestic tourism research institute operated by Recruit Life Style, released “The Jaran Travel Survey 2015.” Okinawa Prefecture has ranked the best in overall satisfaction level for seven years in...

[Extra] Gov. Onaga says he will revoke approval of landfill in Henoko

September 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has that...

Yoga practice at ruins of Chinen Castle

Yoga practice at ruins of Chinen Castle

September 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 29, a Yoga event, “Yoga in Amamikiyo”, was held at the ruins of Chinen Castle in Nanjo. Participants stretched in a relaxed manner, while being healed by the sounds of birdsong, and a breeze that rustled the trees around the ruins.

This...

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attracts 320,000 spectators

Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival attracts 320,000 spectators

September 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 60th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival, which is one of the largest Eisa events in Okinawa, was held at Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City from September 4 to 6. Fifteen Eisa organizations from in and outside of Okinawa City, known as the “City of Eisa,”...

GPS shows sea turtle drifted from Saipan to Kunigami

GPS shows sea turtle drifted from Saipan to Kunigami

September 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A female green turtle, an endangered species, was found dead at Iji, Kunigami, after having laid eggs in Saipan. Sea turtles drifting 2,000 kilometers from Saipan to Japan is a rare event....