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Researcher spots U.S. military helicopter landing on former NTA land in Ada, Kunigami Village

Researcher spots U.S. military helicopter landing on former NTA land in Ada, Kunigami Village

September 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 3:00 p.m. on September 4 a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y helicopter was spotted taking off and landing on returned Northern Training Area (NTA) land in Ada, Kunigami Village.

The strip where it landed, called the LZ-FBJ helipad, was returned to Okinawa in December 2016 and is now included within the Yambaru National Park.

According to Akino Miyagi, a butterfly researcher who sighted the UH-1Y, the helicopter flew into the vicinity of the...

 

Korean firefighters and Japanese tourists who teamed up to rescue a Chinese tourist while visiting Okinawa to receive thank you cards

Korean firefighters and Japanese tourists who teamed up to rescue a Chinese tourist while visiting Okinawa to receive thank you cards

September 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

The Naha Fire Department announced September 2 that they would be presenting a thank you card to two Korean firefighters who, back in June, just happened to be passing through the Don Quijote store on Kokusai Dori in Naha when a Chinese tourist...

Toward a colorful society: “Pink Dot” LGBTQ+ event held in Naha

Toward a colorful society: “Pink Dot” LGBTQ+ event held in Naha

September 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pink Dot Okinawa advocates a society in which everyone, including LGBTQ+ people, are able to live comfortably in their own skin. The 2019 Pink Dot Okinawa event was held on September 1, at the Ryukyu Shimpo public open space, located on the ground floor. The...

Clothing that was purchased at an antique shop in Fukuoka that could have been gifted to the Ryukyu Kingdom by China donated to the Churashima Foundation for restoration and research

Clothing that was purchased at an antique shop in Fukuoka that could have been gifted to the Ryukyu Kingdom by China donated to the Churashima Foundation for restoration and research

August 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

An article of clothing has been found that could possibly be summer wear known as “Umansa,” and was gifted to the Ryukyu Kingdom by ancient China, the likes of which are not known to currently exist in Okinawa.

Masahiro Shuzo Co. Ltd. CEO Masakuni Higa...

50th Okinawa Peace Memorial held in Saipan

50th Okinawa Peace Memorial held in Saipan

August 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Fumiaki Jahana

It has been 75 years since residents of the former South Pacific Mandate were involved in a land battle during the Pacific War in 1944.

On August 27 at the Okinawa Peace Tower in Saipan, the “50th Okinawa Peace Memorial” was held....

Window falls from Futenma Air Station CH-53 helicopter over East China Sea off Okinawa Island

Window falls from Futenma Air Station CH-53 helicopter over East China Sea off Okinawa Island

August 29, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On August 29 it came to the Ryukyu Shimpo’s attention that around 5:30 p.m. on August 27 the plastic window of a CH-53 helicopter from Futenma Air Station fell from the craft about 8 kilometers above the East China Sea off Okinawa Island.

On...

Eisa festival photos/video: The electrifying three days

Eisa festival photos/video: The electrifying three days

August 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 64th Annual Zento Eisa Festival took place August 22 through August 25, at various locations including the Koza Athletic Park Track and Field Stadium in Okinawa City.

The three-day event was hosted by the Zento Eisa Festival Planning and Executive Committee...

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau host meeting to discuss tourism issues, consider tightening regulations

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau host meeting to discuss tourism issues, consider tightening regulations

July 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB, Yoshiro Shimoji, president) held the first 2019 meeting of the “Okinawa-wide Tourism Association Conference” at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan in Tomigusuku July 5, which brings together the tourism associations...

Miyakojima residents’ association members call on Defense Bureau to stop SDF missile base deployment

Miyakojima residents’ association members call on Defense Bureau to stop SDF missile base deployment

August 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 26, association representative Seihan Nakazato and other members of the Miyakojima Residents’ Liaison Association Against the Missile Base visited the Okinawa prefectural office and the Okinawa Defense Bureau with a list of demands including cancellation...

Carrying on former Governor Onaga’s spirit

Carrying on former Governor Onaga’s spirit

August 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of August 22, the Gathering for Remembering Takeshi Onaga was held at the Okinawa Karate Hall in Tomigusuku.

The gathering was planned around the 1-year anniversary of former Governor Onaga’s death, which occurred suddenly last August...

Uncertainty in tourism: Airlines slash Korea-Okinawa flights as diplomatic rift deepens

August 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Nakamura

Top South Korean airline, Korean Air, announced major changes to its Japanese routes on August 20.

Beginning September 29, Incheon-Naha flights (currently offered daily) will be temporarily curtailed to four flights a week, departing...