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Anti-US base candidates win all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

Anti-US base candidates win all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election

December 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four candidates opposing construction of a new base won the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election on December 14. Following the election of a base-opposed governor in November, the issue of relocating U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to Henoko, Nago, became the major focal point of the national election. The election was contested between the Liberal-Democratic Party’s candidates, who back the government’s push...

 

Gust of wind bends 20 pillars at golf course in Tomigusuku

Gust of wind bends 20 pillars at golf course in Tomigusuku

December 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of December 4, damage was caused by a wind gust in Tomigusuku and Uruma. No human damage was reported.

According to the Tomigusuku Police Station, strong winds have bent more than 20 pillars at Seaside Golf Club in the Yone district of Tomigusuku.

The...

1.4 million light installations switched on in Onna

1.4 million light installations switched on in Onna

November 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 29, the Kariyushi Group started an event decorated with 1.4 million illumination lights at the Okinawa Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa and Spa Resort Exes in Onna. It is the largest amount of illuminations in Okinawa, a spokesperson at the hotel...

363 companies take part in the Great Okinawa Trade Fair

363 companies take part in the Great Okinawa Trade Fair

November 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 27, the Great Okinawa Trade Fair, one of Japan`s biggest international business meetings for food industries, opened at the Okinawa Convention Centre and Ginowan City Gymnasium. A total of 363 companies, including buyers, took part in the fair from...

Governor Onaga sworn in, says he will fulfill his pledge to stop construction of US base

Governor Onaga sworn in, says he will fulfill his pledge to stop construction of US base

December 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 10, at an inauguration press conference held at the prefectural government office, new Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga vowed to fulfill his pledge. He ran the gubernatorial race on a platform to oppose the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station...

Seventeen groups issue a statement to seek the environmental protection of Henoko and Oura Bay based on the Ramsar Convention

November 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 25, 17 Non-Government Organisations focused on the environment, human rights, and peace, released a joint statement against the construction of a new, replacement military facility in Henoko. The statement refers to the Ramsar Convention, asking for...

Illumination at American Village in Chatan

Illumination at American Village in Chatan

November 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Night-time illumination has started at the American Village in Mihama, Chatan, giving the town boost. A lighting ceremony was held in front of Carnival Park Mihama Ferris wheel on November 21.

In lighting up the area, the town has started a promotional...

Sugar Ride Kumejima cycling event held

Sugar Ride Kumejima cycling event held

December 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The fourth Sugar Ride Kumejima took place at Ojima on November 30. Cyclists enjoyed touring around Kumejima Town, where nature is in abundance.

Over the 125 kilometer-Challenge course, the participants did three laps of the island. For the 90 kilometer-Athlete...

Hong Kong’s major investment group to tap into Okinawan markets

November 30, 2014 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

Hong Kong’s major investing company First Eastern Investment Group, one of low-cost carrier Peace Aviation’s key shareholders, is planning to invest in Okinawan hotel and entertainment industries. The head of the company Victor L.L. Chu,...

Science Council of Japan suggests setting up national natural history museums in Okinawa and Tohoku

November 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 26, the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) proposed a plan to set up national natural history museums in Okinawa and Tohoku. The museums will be hubs for the study of natural history, and will continually collect and preserve artefacts such as fossil...

South American students of Okinawan descent come to Urasoe student exchange

South American students of Okinawan descent come to Urasoe student exchange

November 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Elisa Mary Higa Morikawa and Bruna Mariko Oshiro are students from a training project for descendants of Okinawan migrants to South American countries. They have been selected for the program for the fiscal year of 2014 organized by Urasoe City. On November 17,...