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U.S. Navy deflects call for explanation about damages to tuna fishing boats

U.S. Navy deflects call for explanation about damages to tuna fishing boats

June 10, 2014 Hideki Matsudo and Kenichi Yoshida of Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of the Okinawan fishing industry suspect the US Navy Ocean Surveillance Ship Impeccable was involved in cutting the trawl lines of seven tuna fishing boats in waters near the main Island of Okinawa. On June 9, a public affairs officer of Fleet Activities Okinawa of the U.S. Navy responded to the queries from Ryukyu Shimpo, “The U.S. Navy is aware of allegations by Japanese fishermen that USNS Impeccable damaged...

 

First Russia-Okinawa charter services launched

First Russia-Okinawa charter services launched

June 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of June 4, a charter flight from Khabarovsk, Russia arrived at Naha Airport. The Okinawa Visitor Convention Bureau held a welcoming ceremony on the same day at the international passenger terminal, greeting 115 tourists and officials from Russian travel...

Japanese Living National Treasure Terukina leads a classical Ryukyuan music concert at National Theatre of Japan

Japanese Living National Treasure Terukina leads a classical Ryukyuan music concert at National Theatre of Japan

June 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A classical Ryukyuan performance organization, led by 82-year-old Japanese Living National Treasure Choichi Terukina, held a concert at the National Theatre of Japan in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo on June 8. In a rare event for the theatre, Terukina’s organization...

Former employees of Bireley’s Orange hail an era

Former employees of Bireley's Orange hail an era

June 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former employees of American Bottling Company Inc., which has been selling Bireley’s Orange since before the United States returned Okinawa to Japan, held a reunion party at a hotel in Kitanakagusuku on May 30. American Bottling is the predecessor company of...

Captain of fishing boat strongly suspects U.S. ship involvement in trawl line-cutting

Captain of fishing boat strongly suspects U.S. ship involvement in trawl line-cutting

June 7, 2014 Kenichi Yoshida and Shinji Sano of Ryukyu Shimpo

Seven tuna fishing boats had their lines cut off one after another in waters near the main Island of Okinawa. The fishing industry suspects a U.S. Navy vessel was involved in the incidents. The captain of Daiichi Kotobuki Maru,...

A dolphin swims with a new artificial tail fin

A dolphin swims with a new artificial tail fin

June 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Bottlenose dolphin “Fuji” ,from the Ocean Expo Park in Motobu Town, has a new artificial tail fin. The dolphin swam with the new fin after a final fitting test was carried out on May 31.

The designers improved a “cowling” feature, which stabilizes...

Flights between Naha and Chengdu to start in July

June 8, 2014 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

China Eastern Airlines plans to launch regular flights between Naha and Chengdu district of Sichuan province in Southwest China in the middle of July.

The company will apply to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to commence...

Shelter built by students for the Japanese Imperial Army during the Battle of Okinawa to be exhibited

Shelter built by students for the Japanese Imperial Army during the Battle of Okinawa to be exhibited

June 3, 2014 Ami Chibana of Ryukyu Shimpo

On the site of Shurijo Castle Park in the Tonokura district of Shuri, Naha, lies Ryukon Go Cave, built by male students of the Okinawa Teacher’s School during the Battle of Okinawa.

The park administration office plans to preserve the cave.

It...

Eight pigs run away on national highway

Eight pigs run away on national highway

May 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eight pigs’ ran away on the national highway in Yonabaru during traffic congestion, causing a major scene. At around 8:45 a.m. on May 30, at the intersection in Yonabaru, a barrier on the rear part of a cargo truck carrying about 30 pigs, fell down, and eight...

OIST’s researchers establish technique to identify individual coral by DNA profiling

May 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chuya Shinzato and his research team at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) announced on May 23 that they had established a technique to identify individual Acropora coral through DNA testing. The Acropora is the world’s most...

Okinawan pork exports to Hong Kong reach a new high

Okinawan pork exports to Hong Kong reach a new high

June 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan pork exports to Hong Kong have increased by more than double.
According to a government survey on meat distributors in the prefecture, pork exports for the 2013 fiscal year amounted to 40.9 tons – a new record. This represents a 61.5 percent increase...