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700 gather in first Prefectural People’s Mass Action in seven months to block Henoko construction: “Our resolve is unshakeable”

700 gather in first Prefectural People’s Mass Action in seven months to block Henoko construction: “Our resolve is unshakeable”

October 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Henoko Issue Reporting Team) On October 3, citizens opposed to the new base construction in Henoko, Nago in conjunction with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma held the gathering “Prefectural People’s Mass Action”, which was regularly held the first Saturday of each month until being cancelled in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 700 people (organizer estimate) gathered in front of the gate to the U.S. military’s Camp...

 

Yellow and pink decorate the streets as Taiwanese rain trees bloom in the clear autumn sky

Yellow and pink decorate the streets as Taiwanese rain trees bloom in the clear autumn sky

October 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Koelreuteria elegans, commonly known as Taiwanese rain trees, planted in Shintoshin Park in Omoromachi, Naha, have started to bloom lovely yellow flowers from the tops of their canopies.
Under a clear blue sky the morning of October 5, honey bees gathered...

Okichan, star of dolphin show holds Japan’s longest rearing record at 46 years

Okichan, star of dolphin show holds Japan’s longest rearing record at 46 years

October 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okichan Theater is located at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, and is named after Okichan, the female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin. She has been with the park for 46 years and currently holds the longest dolphin rearing record in Japan for the same species....

Governor Tamaki clarifies that the part of land reclamation announced as completed is only partially completed

Governor Tamaki clarifies that the part of land reclamation announced as completed is only partially completed

October 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) has recently announced that one part of the land reclamation work for Futenma Replacement Facility construction in Henoko, Nago City, was finished. In response to this, on October 1 Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki stated...

Protests for “Laws preventing hate in Okinawa” enter their 20th week in Naha, as residents also send petition to the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly

Protests for “Laws preventing hate in Okinawa” enter their 20th week in Naha, as residents also send petition to the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly

October 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Silent Standing,” a silent protest that takes place in front of Naha City Hall every Wednesday, which protests against street-level propaganda that discriminates against Chinese residents and fans the flames of hate, entered its 20th week on September...

Eight years since Osprey deployment: Ginowan City Mayor calls for Osprey training exercises to be moved outside of Okinawa

Eight years since Osprey deployment: Ginowan City Mayor calls for Osprey training exercises to be moved outside of Okinawa

October 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginowan – On September 29, Masanori Matsugawa, mayor of Ginowan City, spoke at City Hall about how it has been eight years since the deployment of MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to Futenma Air Station. He called for “halving the number of...

“Using soil mixed with human remains is a desecration of the dead”: Gamafuya submits letter to OPG requesting disapproval of soil use in Henoko construction

“Using soil mixed with human remains is a desecration of the dead”: Gamafuya submits letter to OPG requesting disapproval of soil use in Henoko construction

September 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 28, Takamatsu Gushiken, representative of “Gamafuya”, a volunteer group for collecting human remains from the Battle of Okinawa, submitted a letter requesting that the Okinawa Prefectural Government not approve the plan to use the southern part...

Mid-automn moon shines down on Okinawa

Mid-automn moon shines down on Okinawa

October 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Jugoya, or Harvest moon, is celebrated on August 15 on the lunar calendar which fell on October 1 this year. High atmospheric pressures brought clear skies over Okinawa, providing a spectacular view of the chushu-no-meigetsu (mid-autumn moon).

Some neighborhoods...

Age 15 island departure: Junior high school students in Ie get a lesson in preparing a “luxurious” lunch with fish preparation lesson from local fishing cooperative

Age 15 island departure: Junior high school students in Ie get a lesson in preparing a “luxurious” lunch with fish preparation lesson from local fishing cooperative

September 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yukito Kinjo

Ie – In preparation for the “Age 15 island departure,” when students leave Ie island to go to high school, the Ie Fishing Cooperative (Ryuichi Hachimae, president) held a “Fish Cooking Classroom” for 49 3rd-year students at Ie...

Anesthesiologist Dr. Sakura Kinjo wins Rocky Challenge Prize for bridging Japan-US academic exchange

Anesthesiologist Dr. Sakura Kinjo wins Rocky Challenge Prize for bridging Japan-US academic exchange

September 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nakamura Iwao Challenge Foundation awards its Rocky Challenge Prize to Okinawans with global ambitions who serve as a role model to Okinawan youth. This year’s Rocky Challenge Prize will be awarded to Dr. Sakura Kinjo, an anesthesiologist and clinical...

Ryukyu Mura poster girl who sings, dances, and plays the sanshin says she is “only 100” and that the source of health is to smile often

Ryukyu Mura poster girl who sings, dances, and plays the sanshin says she is “only 100” and that the source of health is to smile often

September 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

(Yomitan) On September 16, a birthday party for Umeto Yamashiro, age 99, of Owan, Yomitan, who is active as the “poster girl” for the Okinawa tourism theme park “Ryukyu Mura” in Onna, was held at the day service center “Ikiru Ie”...