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Government to set up a special team at Okinawa’s police headquarters to tighten security for Henoko

July 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government has instructed the National Police Agency to strengthen security surrounding protests over seabed drilling in Henoko, Nago, where U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is due to be relocated. The Okinawa Prefectural Police plans to set up a public security investigation team at the headquarters soon. This team will carry out a security investigation in response to the situation in Henoko. The Okinawa Prefectural Police will establish a security...

 

Okinawan farmer taking on the challenge to grow apples in the prefecture

Okinawan farmer taking on the challenge to grow apples in the prefecture

July 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Morinobu Tobaru has been trying to cultivate apples in the Nodake district of Ginowan City. He succeeded in cultivating shinanosuit, a type of apple.

The fruit is blue-green, not like red apples. Tobaru said, “It tastes as sweet as regular apples.”...

Symposium promoting friendly Japan-China relations through languages held in Okinawa

Symposium promoting friendly Japan-China relations through languages held in Okinawa

July 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On 6 July, a symposium to promote a future of friendly Japan-China relations through the learning of languages was held at the Okinawa City Civic Hall in Yaeshima, Okinawa City. With Professor Moritake Tomikawa of the Okinawa International University as coordinator,...

Okinawan rock music event Peaceful Love Rock Festival 2014 held

Okinawan rock music event Peaceful Love Rock Festival 2014 held

July 14. 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 32nd Peaceful Love Rock Festival 2014 was held at the Okinawa City Open Air Stage on July 12 and 13. Legendary Okinawan rock musicians performed, exciting the audience with their heavy, original pieces on the night of the summer.

Ten bands, including Haebaru...

[Editorial]Treaties show that Japan’s annexation of the Ryukyu Kingdom was an unjustified act

July 12, 2014 Ryukyu shimpo

Three treaties, which were signed between the Ryukyu Kingdom and other countries about 160 years ago have provided a new perspective on the current state of Okinawa, its modern history and the hardships experienced by Okinawan people.

These treaties will...

Typhoon Neoguri leaves 40 people injured and 2.2 billion yen in agricultural damage

July 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Typhoon Neoguri, which is called No. 8 in Japan, caused heavy damage in Okinawa on July 10. It was the first time Japan used a special danger alert.

On Tokashiki Island, the meteorological observatory measured a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 53 kilometers...

Okinawa Prefectural assembly resolves to preserve remains of victims of the Battle of Okinawa

July 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural assembly has unanimously resolved to preserve rather than cremate the remains of victims of the Battle of Okinawa on July 10. The assembly asked the Japanese government to do so via the prefectural government.

The resolution was passed...

Dioxins detected in all analyses of barrels found in Okinawa City

Dioxins detected in all analyses of barrels found in Okinawa City

July 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 7, the Okinawa Defense Bureau and city government released the results of their investigation into contamination from barrels found at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City. They detected dioxin and other harmful ingredients...

Japan’s move to restore right to collective self-defense worrying high school students: “Do we have to go to war?”

Japan's move to restore right to collective self-defense worrying high school students: “Do we have to go to war?

July 6, 2014 Ikue Nakaima of Ryukyu Shimpo

“Teacher, do we have to go to war?”

A regular meeting of the High School and Handicapped People’s School Teachers’ and Staff Union was held in Naha City on July 4. The teachers reported that their students were concerned...

Special exhibition of royal costume held at Shurijo Castle

Special exhibition of royal costume held at Shurijo Castle

July 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 4, at the golden palace of the Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, a special exhibition titled “Beautiful…orisen-I, II of Ryukyu kingdom” began. It will be on until September 17. It is the first time that a special exhibition has been held...

Okinawa International Peace Research Institute renews exhibition on the Battle of Okinawa

Okinawa International Peace Research Institute renews exhibition on the Battle of Okinawa

July 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa International Peace Research Institute renewed its Battle of Okinawa exhibition on June 19. It displays 755 photographs which Masahide Ota, the president of the Institute and former Okinawa Governor, collected from the U.S. National Archives and Records...