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Charter flights between Thailand and Okinawa come into operation

January 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Jumbo Tours, a travel agency, has recently resumed charter flights between Thailand and Okinawa (photograph). Charter flights were suspended for about a year due to the unstable political situation in Thailand.

Two-hundred-eighty people from Okinawa departed to Thailand and 292 visitors from Thailand arrived at Naha Air Port for a five-day tour. They enjoyed their trip to Okinawa, visiting Okinawa World (Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo), Okinawa Churaumi...

 

Okinawa Association of Bolivia holds New Year’s party

Okinawa Association of Bolivia holds New Year's party

January 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 17, the Okinawa Association of Bolivia held a New Year’s party with Okinawan Bolivian students who are visiting Okinawa, in Naha. The Bolivian students are third generation Okinawan Bolivian and came to Okinawa with scholarships from the Okinawa...

Asahi Shinbun feature article helps Kikukawa to encourage Okinawa under U.S military administration

Asahi Shinbun feature article helps Kikukawa to encourage Okinawa under U.S military administration

January 13, 2015 Mamoru Yasuda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Sixty years ago, on January 13, 1955, the Asahi Shinbun, one of the five national newspapers in Japan, published a feature article on Okinawa under the U.S military administration. It was a groundbreaking article, which reported on the oppressive...

Okinawan companies increase profits for a record seventh period in a row

Okinawan companies increase profits for a record seventh period in a row

January 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 16, the Okinawa Development Finance Corporation announced the results of a business conditions survey on the period from October to December 2014 in Okinawa. The diffusion index of business sentiment (DI) in this period increased over the same period...

Okinawa Governor conveys his opposition to new US base

Okinawa Governor conveys his opposition to new US base

January 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 14, after cabinet approved the fiscal 2015 promotional budget for Okinawa, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga visited the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office. At his meeting with Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kazuhiro Sugita, the governor...

Coast Guard officers take excessive action against citizens in Henoko

Coast Guard officers take excessive action against citizens in Henoko

January 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The governments of Japan and the United States are moving forward with their plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. On January 20, workers employed by Okinawa Defense Bureau set up an oil fence from off the coast of Camp Schwab...

Parts of US Marine helicopter weighing 200 kilograms falls near Tonaki

Parts of US Marine helicopter weighing 200 kilograms falls near Tonaki

January 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 17:30 p.m. on January 15, parts of a U.S. Marine AH- attack helicopter belonging to the Futenma base fell during flight in training airspace near Irisuna Island, Tonaki. The parts weighed more than about 200 kilograms, including hellfire missile launcher...

12 F-16 Fighting Falcon from Air National Guard base to Kadena Air Base

12 F-16 Fighting Falcon from Air National Guard base to Kadena Air Base

January 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four F-16 Fighting Falcon belonging to the Wisconsin Air National Guard base flew in to Kadena Air Base at 3:14 p.m. on January 15. The air national guard base announced a plan to temporarily station 12 Fighting Falcon at Kadena Air Base. Deployment of all the...

Japanese government resumes construction work of new U.S military base in the sea off Henoko

January 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The governments of Japan and the United States plan to construct a replacement...

Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

January 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 25th Kakizome Festival was held at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha City on January 10. The event involves around 1,000 people writing kanji and prizes are awarded.

About 1,050 people ranging from three to 68 year-old took part in this year`s...

The year’s first auction at Tomari Fish Market

The year's first auction at Tomari Fish Market

January 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning of January 5, fishery and government officials prayed for a safe, bumper and prosperous year for business at the first auction of 2015 at Tomari Fish Market in Naha. The market resounded with the excited voices of middlemen. Buyers mainly bid...