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Ramsar secretariat demands environment ministry preserve sea of Henoko

November 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 29, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat submitted a document to the Ministry of the Environment stating that the government should take action based on the environmental impact assessment for the Oura Bay and offshore Henoko, Nago. This area is the site where the government plans to relocate U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma and is currently carrying out the construction. According to environmental experts, this is the first time the secretariat has...

 

Documentary film The Target Village screened in the United States

Documentary film <em>The Target Village</em> screened in the United States

October 28, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from New Jersey

On October 26, at Fort Lee Public Library in New Jersey, the United States, a documentary film titled The Target Village directed by Chie Mikami and produced by QAB (Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting) was screened....

Huge marine algae community in Oura Bay

Huge marine algae community in Oura Bay

November 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A huge marine algae community up to 7.4 meters tall was found in coral reefs in the reclamation area of Oura Bay in Nago. The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to build a new base in the area to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

A diving team...

Aged dolphin with artificial tail fin dies at Okinawa aquarium

Aged dolphin with artificial tail fin dies at Okinawa aquarium

November 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, the Ocean Expo Park Management Center announced that Fuji, the female bottlenose dolphin which was fitted with an artificial tail fin, died November 1 of infectious hepatitis.

Fuji was estimated to be around 45 years old. She was the second...

Ryukyu Dynasty’s procession at Kokusai Street

Ryukyu Dynasty's procession at Kokusai Street

November 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, a Ryukyu Dynasty picture scroll procession was held at Kokusai Street in Naha. About 800 people who dressed in the clothes of King and Queen, vassals and Chinese envoys called Sapposhi during the Ryukyu Kingdom, marched, reviving a magnificent...

Ospreys drive Okinawa woodpeckers from Takae; watchers warn

Ospreys drive Okinawa woodpeckers from Takae; watchers warn

October 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 28, at Takae Elementary and Junior High School in Higashi, a dead Okinawa woodpecker or Noguchigera designated as a special national treasure was found. This bird presumably bumped into a window and died. Four dead Okinawa woodpeckers, including...

Eleven Okinawan universities establish a consortium for human resource development

Eleven Okinawan universities establish a consortium for human resource development

October 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eleven higher education institutions in Okinawa, including public and private colleges and universities, the Okinawa National College of Technology, and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) established a coalition organization “University...

Ryukyuan Heritage Language Society suggests Okinawa include Ryukyuan languages class in education at schools

October 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyuan Heritage Language Society held the 18th Foundation of Endangered Languages Symposium this September. On October 24, the society wrote up a declaration for the symposium. The organization suggested that Okinawa should adopt Ryukyuan languages or Shimakutuba...

Okinawa gubernatorial race starts with four candidates

Okinawa gubernatorial race starts with four candidates

October 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 12th Okinawa gubernatorial election started on October 30. Four candidates, including former State Minister in Charge of Postal Services Privatization Mikio Shimoji, 53, former Upper House member Shokichi Kina, 66, former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga, 64, and...

1,000 martial artists demonstrate their karate routines

1,000 martial artists demonstrate their karate routines

October 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Commemorating Karate Day, the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Prefectural Assembly and the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai held a martial arts demonstration on October 26 at a plaza near Kokusai Street, Naha. About 1000 martial artists from four organizations,...

Giant moray caught near Ie Island

Giant moray caught near Ie Island

October 22, 2014 Yukito Kinjo, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 18, Matsuo Tamaki and Koki Kinjo caught a 1.65-meter and 16-kilogram giant moray near Ie Island. They were surprised to see it when they pulled it out of water. On that day, they were aiming to catch red-spotted rockcod,...