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[Exclusive Interview] Former President of Catalonia Puigdemont discusses Okinawa, says ignoring popular will is a mistake

[Exclusive Interview] Former President of Catalonia Puigdemont discusses Okinawa, says ignoring popular will is a mistake

January 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Takahiro Miyagi

On January 4, the Ryukyu Shimpo interviewed Carles Puigdemont, age 57, former President of Catalonia who has been charged with sedition and other acts for carrying out a referendum regarding Catalonian independence in October 2017, in Belgium, where he resides.

When asked his thoughts on the fact that the Japanese and U.S. governments are ignoring Okinawans’ opposition to the construction of a new military base in Henoko, Nago...

 

Prior to felling a large 120-year-old tree, Oura Ward residents hold a memorial ceremony

Prior to felling a large 120-year-old tree, Oura Ward residents hold a memorial ceremony

January 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 4, prior to felling the “Gajimaru of Oura Asagi Garden”, which is a gajumaru tree (Ficus microcarpa) that has aged more than 120 years, a memorial service was held at Asagi Garden (in the public square in front of the public hall) in Oura Ward,...

Gov. Tamaki announces 7th World Uchinanchu Festival: “Demonstrate Okinawan chimugukuru”

Gov. Tamaki announces 7th World Uchinanchu Festival: “Demonstrate Okinawan chimugukuru”

January 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Denny Tamaki announced during a regular press conference on January 16 that the 7th World Uchinanchu Festival is planned to be held October 28-31, 2021.

The governor encouraged world-wide participation and support: “the festival unites uchinanchus...

Providing winter watermelons to all of Japan JA promotes Nakijin produce in Tokyo

Providing winter watermelons to all of Japan	JA promotes Nakijin produce in Tokyo

January 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – On January 15, JA Okinawa held a tasting and promotional event in Tokyo to increase awareness of Japan’s earliest watermelons, Nakijin watermelons, outside of Okinawa.

Workers promoted and provided tastings of winter watermelons to consumers,...

Okinawan children play in the snow for the first time, react with great enjoyment

Okinawan children play in the snow for the first time, react with great enjoyment

January 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
Takaya Kinra

Yamagata – In an exchange program between community organizations in Chubu, Okinawa and Mogami, Yamagata, 68 5th-graders from 9 communities in central Okinawa had a chance to play in the snow in Yamagata.

For most of the children,...

Okinawa to implement policy to limit the number of people who can enter Iriomote Island, which may become a World Natural Heritage Site

Okinawa to implement policy to limit the number of people who can enter Iriomote Island, which may become a World Natural Heritage Site

January 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
Ryota Shimabukuro

Okinawa Prefecture, which is trying to get four of their islands, Amami Oshima, Tokunoshima, the northern part of Okinawa’s main island, and Iriomote, will implement a policy that limits the number of tourists who can enter the town of...

New species of “most beautiful” jellyfish found for first time in 114 years in Okinawa

New species of “most beautiful” jellyfish found for first time in 114 years in Okinawa

January 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 7, the Kuroshio Biological Research Institute announced it discovered a new jellyfish species among the specimen they collected in Northern Okinawa and named it Olindias deigo (Japanese: Deigo-hanagasa-kurage).

It is the first time in 114 years...

New goby species discovered in deep sea around Okinawa identified by the Okinawa Churashima Foundation and OIST called Yuuna Goby due to characteristic yellow color

New goby species discovered in deep sea around Okinawa identified by the Okinawa Churashima Foundation and OIST called Yuuna Goby due to characteristic yellow color

January 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Motobu and Onna – On January 8th, it was announced that the Okinawa Churashima Foundation and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) had determined that the goby specimen discovered by the foundation in the deep sea around Onna...

Governor asks for MCAS Futenma closure, end to Henoko construction in New Year’s greeting

Governor asks for MCAS Futenma closure, end to Henoko construction in New Year’s greeting

January 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of January 6, when government offices start work, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki delivered a New Year’s greeting broadcast from the governor’s reception office in the Prefectural Office.

In a message to government workers, he said,...

Ryukyu University using drones, satellites and fixed cameras to clean up ocean garbage

Ryukyu University using drones, satellites and fixed cameras to clean up ocean garbage

January 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A collaboration of research teams from organizations that include private businesses, the University of the Ryukyus, and Nagasaki University launched a project to survey ocean garbage coming ashore using satellites, drones, and fixed cameras on January 7.

The...

Hog Cholera raises concern in Okinawa where “pork is culture”

Hog Cholera raises concern in Okinawa where “pork is culture”

January 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pork dishes are indispensable to Okinawan cuisine—Okinawa soba, san-mai niku (braised pork belly), tebichi (stewed pork feet), soki-jiru (pork spare ribs soup) and mimiga (crunchy pig’s ear), to name a few.

The news of Classical Swine Fever (CSF),...