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19 Japanese nature study organizations seek reassessment of new U.S. base in Henoko, including cancellation of construction

19 Japanese nature study organizations seek reassessment of new U.S. base in Henoko, including cancellation of construction

November 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nineteen Japanese nature study societies, including the Ecological Society of Japan with 4,000 researchers, submitted a written request to the central government and Okinawa Prefectural Government on November 11. They seek to review the plan to build an alternative base in Henoko, Nago, for U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, and call for the cancellation of the construction. They also demand the government conduct another environmental impact...

 

All-Okinawa Bullfighting Autumn Tournament attracts 4,500 spectators

All-Okinawa Bullfighting Autumn Tournament attracts 4,500 spectators

November 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, the 102nd All Okinawa Togyu (Bullfighting) Autumn Tournament was held, sponsored jointly by the Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and the Ryukyu Shimpo Co., at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City.

Twenty-four bulls competed...

Marine barricaded in Camp Lester in Okinawa: possibly carried rifle in civilian district

November 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 30, a marine barricaded himself with a rifle in housing area of Camp Lester in Chatan, setting off a standoff with military police. There is a high possibility the marine moved in the civilian district outside of the base, carrying an M-16 rifle.

Marine...

[Editorial]New Okinawan governor: stop the construction of new U.S.military base

November 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Takeshi Onaga’s win in the Okinawa gubernatorial election has once again solidly demonstrated Okinawan people’s will against the construction of new U.S. base. The former Mayor of Naha Takeshi Onaga, 64, has re-stated his promise to oppose the plan...

Ex-Naha Mayor opposed to the construction of new US base wins Okinawa gubernatorial race

November 16, Ryukyu Shimpo

The former Mayor of Naha Takeshi Onaga, 64, has won the Okinawa...

Japanese rock band The Boom performs final live show in Okinawa

Japanese rock band The Boom performs final live show in Okinawa

November 4, 2014 Tetsuo Oshiro of Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, at the Naha Civic Center, Japanese rock band The Boom performed its final show in Okinawa. The group’s song Shima Uta, which is about Okinawa, became a worldwide hit in the 1990s. Okinawa has been a special place...

Miracle moon in Okinawa

Miracle moon in Okinawa

November 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A traditional full moon celebration took place on November 5. The full moon, or so-called “miracle moon,” was seen for the first time in 171 years.

It was the third time a lunar event has taken place this year. The celebration of the full moon traditionally...

Three winners of Miss Okinawa 2015

Three winners of Miss Okinawa 2015

November 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau held the Miss Okinawa Contest 2015 in the theater building at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan on November 2. The contest awarded prizes to winners in three separate categories: 25-year-old Ayami Machida won...

Third generation Okinawan American Ige become new Hawaii Governor

Third generation Okinawan American Ige become new Hawaii Governor

November 6, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Democrat David Ige defeated Republican James Aiona and Independent Mufi Hannemann in Hawaii’s gubernatorial race on November 4.

Ige, an electrical engineer and state senator, is third generation Okinawan American. This is the...

Symposium held for fifth anniversary of International Logistics Hub

Symposium held for fifth anniversary of International Logistics Hub

October 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 28, the Okinawa Prefecture Government organized a symposium in Naha commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Okinawa International Logistics Hub.

Operations began at the All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) Cargo Hub at Naha Airport in October 2009....

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...