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71 unused U.S. blank cartridges found on returned NTA land, reminders of military presence

71 unused U.S. blank cartridges found on returned NTA land, reminders of military presence

May 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

While Akino Miyagi was researching insects in Takae, Higashi Village in April this year, he found 71 unused U.S. blank cartridges on April 6 in the vicinity of what was the LZ-FBJ helipad on returned Northern Training Area (NTA) land in Kunigami Village.

Miyagi reported his discovery the same day.

The prefectural police collected the cartridges on May 2.

Aside from the cartridges, which measure 6.5 centimeters in length and 0.7 centimeters...

 

“Sleeping Awamori” from shuttered Miyako distillery gets reawakened as part of Naha bar’s Awamori project

“Sleeping Awamori” from shuttered Miyako distillery gets reawakened as part of Naha bar’s Awamori project

May 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Undistilled Awamori from the defunct Chiyoizumi Distillery in Miyako has once again entered the market, exciting those in the Awamori world.

As part of the “Liquor Pride Project” by Koji Higa, owner of Awamori Souko, an Awamori specialty bar in the Kume...

Local fishermen oppose U.S. parachute drop training by Tsukenjima during mozuku peak season

May 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 2 the U.S. military conducted parachute drop training over the ocean at Tsukenjima Training Area in Uruma City.

In the exercise, nine people in total dropped out of an MC-130 special mission aircraft.

This is the second such training conducted...

Rally meets in Tokyo protesting ongoing acts of sexual violence by U.S. military personnel

Rally meets in Tokyo protesting ongoing acts of sexual violence by U.S. military personnel

April 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 29 a rally met at the Bunkyo Civic Center in Tokyo to protest the presence of the U.S. bases and military personnel in Okinawa.

The rally was held in observation of the third anniversary of the rape and murder committed by a former U.S. Marine....

Okinawa prefectural museum starts an exhibition displaying 250 new items

Okinawa prefectural museum starts an exhibition displaying 250 new items

May 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum started their “New Collection Exhibition.”

The exhibition displays about 250 items that were donated or bought in the last year.

The items include human bones of the Minatogawa people,...

Battle of Okinawa survivors speak of mixed feelings about the emperor system, memories of war, and the emperor’s visits to Okinawa (Heisei and Okinawa)

Battle of Okinawa survivors speak of mixed feelings about the emperor system, memories of war, and the emperor’s visits to Okinawa (Heisei and Okinawa)

April 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoshinori Takada

On April 30, the emperor will abdicate, marking the end of the Heisei era. The emperor has visited Okinawa eleven times from the time he was crown prince to the present. Both the emperor and empress have visited Okinawa, the only place...

Three US students win Okinawa Essay Contest

Three US students win Okinawa Essay Contest

April 28, 2019 Rykyu Shimpo
By Tamiko Suzuki

The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the George Washington University Okinawa Collection held an awards ceremony at the university’s Gelman Library in D.C. on March 19 to recognize the Okinawa Essay Contest winners.

The contest...

Okinawa attracts almost 10 million tourists to the region, including over 3 million from abroad, breaking their record for the 6th straight year

April 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki announced at a regular press conference April 26 that in financial year 2018 (which in Japan ran from April 2018 through March 2019), tourist visitors to the region increased 4.4% (419,000 people) from the previous year to a total of...

Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopts resolution on woman’s murder by U.S. Navy sailor

Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopts resolution on woman’s murder by U.S. Navy sailor

April 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 26, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (chaired by Yonekichi Shinzato) opened an extraordinary session and unanimously adopted a resolution and written statement protesting the murder of a Japanese woman in Chatan Town by a U.S. Navy sailor...

Reconstruction work of Henoko ammunition storage facilities continues

Reconstruction work of Henoko ammunition storage facilities continues

April 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Repairs such as reconstruction of buildings are continuing to take place at the U.S. military Henoko ammunition storage facilities in Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture.

The Ryukyu Shimpo took photographs of the site with a drone on April 23 capturing at least...

OPG finds high PFOS concentrations near Kadena Air Base, advises against drinking the water

OPG finds high PFOS concentrations near Kadena Air Base, advises against drinking the water

April 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

On April 23 it came to light that a water quality study conducted last year by the Okinawa Prefectural Enterprise Bureau in the vicinity of Kadena Air Base detected high concentrations of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic...