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Almost all Nago citizens oppose reclamation proposal

Almost all Nago citizens oppose reclamation proposal

November 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7, the Nago City Office revealed that 99 percent of 2,500 public comments they had received were opposed to the reclamation proposal to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago. The Japanese government has applied to the Okinawa Prefectural Government for permission to reclaim land off Henoko.

In a meeting that day, Mayor Susumu Inamine mentioned that statements opposing the reclamation plan accounted for the vast majority...

 

Drying dolphinfish in the sun in Kunigami

Drying dolphinfish in the sun in Kunigami

November 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The drying of dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus, otherwise known as mahi-mahi) in the sun, an autumn tradition in Kunigami Village, has begun. The birthplace of this tradition is Ginama Fishing Port. In the afternoon on November 8, local fishermen and residents...

100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

November 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and the Ryukyu Shimpo held the 100th All Okinawa Togyu (Bullfighting) Autumn Tournament at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome on November 10. Twenty-six bulls competed in 13 bouts in the largest bullfighting event in...

OPG asks Defense Bureau another 73 questions on Henoko landfill

November 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 8, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) sent a further 73 questions (20 items) to the Okinawa Defense Bureau on the landfill in Henoko, Nago. The questions include those on the impact of reclamation work and sediment procurement on endangered species...

JSDF sends Missile Regiment to Naha during drill to recapture islands

JSDF sends Missile Regiment to Naha during drill to recapture islands

November 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 4th Surface-to-Surface Missile Regiment (90 personnel) arrived at Naha Port on board a civilian transport ship. This is part of the Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces exercises to recapture islands. Thirty...

Ishigaki Island will not hold triathlon events next year

Ishigaki Island will not hold triathlon events next year

November 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 6, the Ishigaki Triathlon 2013 organizing committee unanimously decided not to hold the Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup 2014 and the Ishigaki Triathlon 2014. The committee will review the timing of the events and the course, and has not decided when...

Okinawan company starts selling “photic curtain”

Okinawan company starts selling

November 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The building company Future Planning has started selling a product called “photic curtain.” This is a window glass that becomes invisible inside by shining light-emitting diode light onto the whole glass. Kanehide Aluminum Industry Co., Ltd. will cooperate...

Okinawan researchers succeed in sex-change for fish

November 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masaru Nakamura of the Okinawa Chura Umi Foundation and other researchers succeeded in converting an adult female fish to a male, for the first time in the world. They managed this by administering a drug that stops the synthesis of female hormones. The foundation...

Okinawan companies take part in Japanese Food Fair in Singapore

Okinawan companies take part in Japanese Food Fair in Singapore

October 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the Okinawa Prefectural Government, eleven Okinawan companies, including breweries and food processing companies, took part in the Japanese Food Trade Fair “Oishii Japan 2013″ held in Singapore from October 17 to 19. They carried out 341...

Dugong plaintiffs consider new action in U.S. to block Henoko landfill

Dugong plaintiffs consider new action in U.S. to block Henoko landfill

November 6, 2013 Yugo Okita of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa dugong plaintiffs are considering filing a new lawsuit in the United States in an attempt to block the landfill in Henoko, Nago. The governments of Japan and the United States plan to build alternative facilities for U.S. Marine Corps...

Three winners of Miss Okinawa 2014

Three winners of Miss Okinawa 2014

November 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau held the Miss Okinawa Contest 2014 at the conference center in the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. The contest awarded prizes to winners in three separate categories: 19-year-old college student Keiko Takaesu...