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130-meter long coral reefs found in Gushikawa Island, Izena

130-meter long coral reefs found in Gushikawa Island, Izena

May 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yoshikatsu Nakano and a specialist team from the University of the Ryukyus Tropical Biosphere Research Center, and marine photographer Akinori Annou found a large coral reef colony, (Pocillopora), in the area around Gushikawa Island, Izena Village. According to Nakano, the colony was found off the east side of the island, and runs 150 meters in a north-south direction. At its nearest point to the island, the reef is 50 meters from the shore, and 130 meters away...

 

Okinawan novelist attempts to sue U.S. Marine Corps for detaining him

Okinawan novelist attempts to sue U.S. Marine Corps for detaining him

May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Akutagawa Prize winning novelist Shun Medoruma was detained by a Japanese security guard employed by U.S. Marine Corps while protesting against new U.S. base construction in Henoko, Nago. Medoruma filed a lawsuit in the Naha District Court, claiming the U.S. Marine...

Okinawan team visits Virginia to promote memorable Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

Okinawan team visits Virginia to promote memorable Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

May 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hisao Tome in Washington, D.C.

An Okinawan team promoting the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival scheduled for October made its last stop on its rounds to four cities and two countries in North America to encourage attendance for the festival. At 11 a.m. on...

Okinawa Gov. Onaga joins the pitch opening ceremony for a game between Dodgers and Mets

Okinawa Gov. Onaga joins the pitch opening ceremony for a game between Dodgers and Mets

May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is on an official trip to the United States to call for participation in the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival which will be held in October. Onaga joined the pitch opening ceremony for a major league game between the Los Angeles Dodgers...

Editorial Base closure only way to prevent future crimes

May 20, 2016

Ryukyu Shimpo

Yet another precious Okinawan life has been stolen away. Comments by a man associated with the U.S. military implies that he was involved. At the root of the problem is the role of the Japanese and U.S. governments, who force an overwhelming proportion of U.S....

Editorial: Forty-four years after reversion, Okinawa must decide its own future

May 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

What have the past forty-four years brought to Okinawa? In 1972, the people of Okinawa desired to return to Japan and the protection of its peace constitution, and to achieve self-governance.

But what has actually occurred? The overwhelming burden of U.S. military...

55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

May 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Okinawa marked 44 years since the administration of the islands was given back to Japan from the United States. A rally calling for peace and protecting life was held at a park in the Naha New Urban Center, a former U.S. military facility.

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Former marine returns to Okinawa with photograph exhibition and baseball glove

Former marine returns to Okinawa with photograph exhibition and baseball glove

May 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Dick Bruce, a 77-year-old former U.S. marine who was stationed for a 13-month duration on Camp Courtney in Uruma City in 1958-59, visited an elderly welfare center called Day Service RyCom in Okinawa City on May 7 to display his photographs and mingle with attendees....

Universal Studios Japan cancels planned Okinawa theme park

Universal Studios Japan cancels planned Okinawa theme park

May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 11, Osaka-based USJ Co., Ltd., operator of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) theme parks, officially announced to the Okinawa prefectural government and the Japanese national government that it will cancel a potential plan building a new theme park in Okinawa....

Jasmine and Tiger’s claw – Aroma of Early Summer in Okinawa

May 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Various flowers such as Vaccinium wrightii A. Gray, tiger’s claw, Chinese wood oil tree, and more are blossoming out in the northern part of Okinawa Island, signaling the coming of summer. Some of the flowers are fragrant, and the flowers will be spectacular with...

Honolulu city mayor confirms participation in 6th World Uchinanchu Festival

Honolulu city mayor confirms participation in 6th World Uchinanchu Festival

May 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hisao Tome, Honolulu

At 11:00 a.m. on May 10, a caravan led by Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga visited Honolulu city government to promote the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival. Onaga invited Mayor Kirk Caldwell to attend the festival. The festival will be held...