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Nago Mayor criticizes Japanese government for resuming marine boring survey in Henoko

Nago Mayor criticizes Japanese government for resuming marine boring survey in Henoko

March 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau has resumed a marine boring survey as part of offshore construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. On March 12, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine spoke to the press. Inamine said, “The Japanese government has hailed former Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of the Henoko landfill as gospel. Why is the government acting so unreasonably as to ignore the current...

 

Okinawa Defense Bureau resumes marine boring survey ignoring OPG’s request to halt it

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Indian elephant Ryuka has first baby in Okinawa

Indian elephant Ryuka  has first baby in Okinawa

March 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of March 4, 14-year-old Indian elephant Ryuka gave birth to a baby girl weighing 100 kilograms at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum. This is the first elephant born in Okinawa and the 10th in Japan.

Ryuka started having contractions at 7:00 p.m. on...

Argentinian drumming group “Mukaito Taiko” marks its 20th anniversary

Argentinian drumming group “Mukaito Taiko” marks its 20th anniversary

March 9, 2015 Ricardo Oshiro, Ryukyu Shimpo correspondent

Mukaito Taiko, which was the first ensemble taiko drumming group to be formed in Argentina, has performed to a packed-out audience, to mark the 20th anniversary of its foundation. The group performed in Buenos Aires, Argentina at Maipo...

Brightly-Colored Azalea Festival Brings Spring to Higashi Village

Brightly-Colored Azalea Festival Brings Spring to Higashi Village

March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The 33rd Higashi Village Azalea Festival has kicked off at the Higashi Sonmin no Mori Tsutsuji Park on March 1. Although the flowers have been slower to bloom than in previous years, with the most of the plants in the park only partly flowering, some were blooming...

JCG’s craft hits rubber boat carrying Henoko protesters

JCG's craft hits rubber boat carrying Henoko protesters

March 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A collision occurred when the Japan Coast Guard (JCG)’s special guard and rescue craft “Arutairu,” was chasing a rubber boat carrying two citizens protesting against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko to replace Marine Corps...

JCG’s craft rams into protester’s boat off Henko

JCG's craft rams into protester's boat off Henko

March 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 10, in Oura Bay, Nago, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG)’s special guard and rescue craft collided with a rubber boat carrying two activists protesting against new U.S. base construction. The JCG chased the protesters’ rubber boat, which crossed over...

20 sanshin players perform, protesting against new US military base construction

20 <em>sanshin</em> players perform, protesting against new US military base construction

March 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizens are protesting against offshore construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. On Sanshin Day, March 4, 20 sanshin and Koto performers, including Eiji Shimabukuro,...

People’s rally opposing new US air base planned for March 21

People's rally opposing new US air base planned for March 21

March 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A committee of elected leaders and citizens will hold a people’s rally to block the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, at Sedake beach near the planned site from 1:00 p.m. on March 21. The event is being organized by the five ruling parties of...

New “Awamori Queens” selected

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March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 1 at the Loisir Hotel Naha in Naha City, the 2015 30th Awamori Queen Pageant was held. Miyu Oshiro from Chatan town, and Mako Yonaha and Ayumi Tokashiki from Naha City were selected as new queens. President Misako Tamanaha of the Prefectural Sake Brewers...

Nago Mayor declares he will employ every possible means to stop new US base construction

Nago Mayor declares he will employ every possible means to stop new US base construction

March 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine delivered his policy speech at the monthly meeting of the Nago City Assembly. Inamine criticized the Japanese government for forcing through construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago. He claimed, “The...