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Editorial directors of Okinawan newspapers criticize LDP members’ remarks: Truly dangerous suppression of free speech

Editorial directors of Okinawan newspapers criticize LDP members' remarks: Truly dangerous suppression of free speech

July 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 2, the chief editors of the Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa Times gave press conferences on the topic of the LDP media suppression issue at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) and the Japan National Press Club (JNPC) in Chiyoda Ward. Ryukyu Shimpo chief editor Yoshikazu Shiohira pointed out that the comments by members at the LDP study session in question constitute an endorsement of suppressing free speech by eliminating freedom of the press,...

 

Okinawan Products Promotion Month begins with parade at Kokusai Street

Okinawan Products Promotion Month begins with parade at Kokusai Street

July 1, 2015

On “the Day of Okinawan Products” on July 1, there was a parade down Kokusai Street in Naha City to launch the beginning of the 2015 Okinawa products promotion month. This year’s slogan is; “Oh, good! I get it now, Okinawan Products.” About 250 people...

Okinawa governor, Chinese ambassador meet in Naha

Okinawa governor, Chinese ambassador meet in Naha

July 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 30, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua came to Okinawa Prefecture to attend a ceremony marking the July 1 launch of the Naha-Fuzhou direct service by China Eastern Airlines. He met with Governor Takeshi Onaga in Naha city over a meal.

The governor...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly to protest LDP members’ attack on local newspapers

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly to protest LDP members’ attack on local newspapers

July 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting, in which members advocated punishing news media, including two major Okinawan newspapers. On July 2, in the afternoon, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly members resolved to...

Endangered birds fly on Oura Bay

Endangered birds fly on Oura Bay

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, roseate terns, black-naped terns and little tern birds listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species were sighted on Oura Bay in Nago. They were searching for fish.

It appears that roseate terns and black-naped terns breed on...

Defense Minister announces Henoko drilling survey deadline to be extended to end of September

June 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference following a cabinet meeting on June 30, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced that the deadline for completing the drilling survey being carried out in preparation for the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko, Nago City would be extended...

Symposium to mark 50th anniversary of discovery of Iriomote wild cat

Symposium to mark 50th anniversary of discovery of Iriomote wild cat

June 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Iriomote wild cats, classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, can only be found on Iriomote Island in Taketomi Town. On the afternoon of June 28, a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of its discovery was held...

Okinawa takes steps to make Okinawan cuisine part of cultural heritage

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture’s schools superintendent, Akira Moromizato, announced the start of a study aiming to designate an Okinawan dish as “intangible cultural heritage.” During the plenary session at the prefectural assembly on June 24, he stated, “We would...

University of the Ryukyus criticizes government’s request to raise flag and sing anthem

University of the Ryukyus criticizes government's request to raise flag and sing anthem

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24 at a regular media meeting, President Hajime Oshiro of the University of Ryukyus criticized the central government’s requests to display the national flag and have participants sing the anthem at entrance and graduation ceremonies. On June 16, Hirofumi...

Shipments of Awamori slide for 10th consecutive year

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, The Okinawa Regional Taxation Office released taxation figures on alcoholic beverages shipped by breweries in Okinawa Prefecture during fiscal 2014. Shipments of all alcoholic beverages declined 4.0% over the year to 71,258 kiloliters, generating 10.53...

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, at the ongoing regular June session of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, Governor Takeshi Onaga described the soul of Okinawa as “living with pride, honoring the hard work and struggles of our ancestors, and wishing that our children and grandchildren...