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Zamami mayor and Gov. Tamaki oppose Defense Minister’s acquiescence: “It’s a joke,” “Revise SOFA”

Zamami mayor and Gov. Tamaki oppose Defense Minister’s acquiescence: “It’s a joke,” “Revise SOFA”

January 9, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the latest issue of U.S. military aircraft repeatedly flying at low altitudes around Kerama Islands, Japan’s Ministry of Defense and the Foreign Minister indicated their approval of the U.S. military training outside of the training area. In response, the mayors of Zamami and Tokashiki Villages objected during an interview with this newspaper on January 8, stating, “We ask [the military to] stop training inside our residential areas.”

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“Difficulty is the Spice of Life”: “Lessons for Life” from a teacher fighting pancreatic cancer

“Difficulty is the Spice of Life”: “Lessons for Life” from a teacher fighting pancreatic cancer

January 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently, Mr. Hiroshi Ueno, a teacher at Okinawa Shogaku Junior and Senior High Schools, presented “Lessons for Life,” speaking to third-year junior high school students about his own experience battling cancer. Ueno was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in...

Osprey made up to 101 decibels of noise late at night in Ginowan City, citizens complained

Osprey made up to 101 decibels of noise late at night in Ginowan City, citizens complained

January 7, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft, among other types of aircraft, flew over Ginowan City approaching from the south and landed on the runway of Futenma Air Station, even after 10:00 p.m., on January 5 and 6. According to noise...

Whale watchers treated with the sight of a whale leisurely swimming through the winter ocean as Zamami re-opens whale watching tours

Whale watchers treated with the sight of a whale leisurely swimming through the winter ocean as Zamami re-opens whale watching tours

January 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hirokazu Otsubo

The Zamami Whale Watching Association (ZWWA) reopened the whale watching season December 27, launching their first tour on December 29. The postponed tours on the 28th due to poor weather. On December 22, there were reports a whale sighting...

Giant manta ray congratulates newlyweds after cancelling honeymoon trip abroad

Giant manta ray congratulates newlyweds after cancelling honeymoon trip abroad

January 7, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideaki Yoneda

At around 2 p.m. on December 27, Yuriko Nishiura, manager of the dive shop Shima Ashibi in Tokashiki Village, successfully photographed a giant manta ray swimming at a depth of about four meters around Hanari Island, an uninhabited island...

Naha sakura make their “blooming declaration” 14 days earlier than average, with high of 22.6 degrees

Naha sakura make their “blooming declaration” 14 days earlier than average, with high of 22.6 degrees

January 5, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 4, the Okinawa Regional Headquarters of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced that the hikanzakura cherry trees in Naha started blooming on that day and that the plum trees had started blooming on December 31, 2020. The hikanzakura...

In New Year’s address, Gov. Tamaki highlights policies to alleviate child poverty and improve employment

In New Year’s address, Gov. Tamaki highlights policies to alleviate child poverty and improve employment

January 5, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 4, the first working day of 2021, Governor Denny Tamaki delivered his New Year’s address at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. In his speech, the governor positioned alleviating child poverty as “the most important policy for the prefectural...

Okinawa Labor Union provides food support over the three-day New Year’s holiday for those in economic need

Okinawa Labor Union provides food support over the three-day New Year’s holiday for those in economic need

January 3, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In order to support day laborers and those in need over the New Year holiday, the Okinawa – Shuri Day Laborer’s Union (Okinichiro) handed out food, hand warmers, and clothing at Yogi park in Naha from December 31 through January 2. Over those...

Editorial: In the new year, step toward self-reliance together

January 1, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A new year is upon us. The year 2021 will be the time for Okinawa to decide its future direction, as the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese rule is nearing.

Fifty years ago, in November 1971, the Ryukyu government drew...

Ryo Kiyuna strives for Olympic gold bearing the pride of Okinawan karate and its 200-year-old secrets

Ryo Kiyuna strives for Olympic gold bearing the pride of Okinawan karate and its 200-year-old secrets

January 1, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shun Furukawa

 

Ryuei-ryu karate is one of the origins of karate, incorporating the flowing motions of Naha-te. It has been over 200 years since the birth of its second-generation grandmaster, Norisato Nakaima. Ryo Kiyuna has inherited the...

Rainbow adorns sky over Tacchu in Iejima, Okinawa during first sunrise of the new year

Rainbow adorns sky over Tacchu in Iejima, Okinawa during first sunrise of the new year

January 1, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hiroe Nakagawa

Around 8:00 a.m. on January 1, a rainbow appeared arching over Mount Gusuku (also known as Tacchu), a symbol of Iejima, Okinawa.

Although there was thick cloud cover at the time of sunrise, approximately 7:15 a.m., the sun gradually...