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All-Okinawa Coalition continues urgent suspension of protest activities in Henoko

All-Okinawa Coalition continues urgent suspension of protest activities in Henoko

September 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 29 the All-Okinawa Coalition, which opposes the construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, announced that the suspension of the protest activities, such as those in front of a gate to Camp Schwab in Henoko, will continue as of October 1 and ongoing thereafter due to the urgent situation concerning the novel coronavirus.

Japan’s coronavirus state of emergency was lifted on September 30. However, within...

 

Police dispatched to apprehend 700 kg. fighting bull, but have trouble moo-ving it back to its home

Police dispatched to apprehend 700 kg. fighting bull, but have trouble moo-ving it back to its home

September 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Uruma – On the afternoon of September 28, it was reported to police that there was a bull outside of someone’s house in Ishikawa, Uruma. The bull was a 700 kg. fighting bull that is being raised nearby the house in question, and the police...

Okinawa Prefecture and the Ministry of the Environment patrol Yambaru forest to stop poaching

Okinawa Prefecture and the Ministry of the Environment patrol Yambaru forest to stop poaching

September 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Prefecture and the Ministry of the Environment engaged in joint patrols of Yambaru forest on September 22 and 23 to prevent future poaching and theft of the rare and valuable wildlife species that live in the northern region of Okinawa’s...

ANA celebrates 60 years of service to Okinawa at Naha Airport

ANA celebrates 60 years of service to Okinawa at Naha Airport

September 24, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 23, the Okinawa branch of ANA (All Nippon Airways) held an event at Naha Airport to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its service to Okinawa. ANA employees handed out commemorative gifts to the 207 passengers boarding the 11 a.m. flight...

Convertible explodes and catches fire in the ocean after getting stuck in a mudflat

Convertible explodes and catches fire in the ocean after getting stuck in a mudflat

September 22, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 19 around 3:20 p.m. off the coast of Matsuda in Ginoza, a 110 call came in saying “I got stuck in a mudflat in my car, and I can’t get it out.” The car was an American-made convertible rental car with the top down. While trying...

Marines parachute drop onto private land in Ie Village, sparking safety concerns for villagers

Marines parachute drop onto private land in Ie Village, sparking safety concerns for villagers

September 23, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

During parachute drop training at Iejima Auxiliary Airfield in Okinawa, two U.S. Marines landed on private land outside of the zone provided. On September 22, residents of Ie Village spoke out about their concerns that such an occurrence could...

“It’s like Galaxy Express 999!” Bridge of light across the night sky over Ishigaki Island

“It’s like Galaxy Express 999!” Bridge of light across the night sky over Ishigaki Island

September 18, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Ishigaki – On September 7, a fantastical photograph showing the Milky Way and a plane flying underneath it was taken in Ishigaki. The photographer was Toru Kinjo, managing director of the Yaeyama Visitors Bureau. He says, “This is the first...

Why did the tortoise cross the road? Ginowan police receive an interesting call about a tortoise on the loose

Why did the tortoise cross the road? Ginowan police receive an interesting call about a tortoise on the loose

September 19, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

“There is a large turtle crossing national route 330.” At around 2:45 p.m. on September 16, a number of reports like this started coming into the Ginowan Police Station. The turtle crossing the road was a 70-centimeter-long African spurred...

Okinawa breaks record with 589 new centenarians, oldest is 113 years

Okinawa breaks record with 589 new centenarians, oldest is 113 years

September 16, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 15, Senior Citizen’s Day (Roujin no Hi), Okinawa Prefecture announced 589 residents (83 men and 506 women) turned 100 years old this year as of September 1—an increase of 98 from the previous year, marking a record high. The total...

Valuable coral from construction site crushed into pieces and anchored at transplantation site

Valuable coral from construction site crushed into pieces and anchored at transplantation site

September 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

The coral reefs spread throughout Oura Bay in Nago City are abundant in diverse coral varieties including Acropora, Poritidae, and Heliopora coerulea. Due to construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility, coral within the zones...

Over 30,000 signatures calling for Japanese Government to halt plans to use soil from Southern Okinawa Island, Gamafuya representative Gushiken also calls for DNA testing on remains

Over 30,000 signatures calling for Japanese Government to halt plans to use soil from Southern Okinawa Island, Gamafuya representative Gushiken also calls for DNA testing on remains

September 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – On September 14, Takamatsu Gushiken participated in negotiations held at the National Diet with representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, and called for a halt of plans to use soil from...