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Higashi Mayor to block US helipad construction vehicles from passing through village

December 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Higashi Village Mayor Seikyu Iju said at the village assembly, “I have strongly requested that Okinawa Defense Bureau not let its construction trucks go through the village. I will block them physically.” The defense bureau plans to construct a U.S. helipad at G area within the Northern Training Area (NTA) near Takae, by the end of the fiscal year on March 31.

The government of Japan is carrying out a relocation of base...

 

Humpback whale appears in waters near Zamami Island

Humpback whale appears in waters near Zamami Island

December 24, 2014 Hirokazu Otsubo correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, a humpback whale was sighted swimming in waters about 6 km northwest of Zamami Island. While the whale swam slowly, it occasionally slammed the surface of the water with its tail fin and splashed the water.

At...

Nuchi-du-Takara-no-Ie celebrates 30th anniversary

Nuchi-du-Takara-no-Ie celebrates 30th anniversary

December 17, 2014 Hiroe Nakagawa, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 8, the Anti-War Peace Museum in Higashiemae, Ie Village “Nuchi-du-Takara-no-Ie,” celebrated the 30th anniversary of its opening. The museum marked the occasion by holding a screening of video records and...

National Theater Okinawa introduce cultures from Miyako and Korea for its 10th anniversary

National Theater Okinawa introduce cultures from Miyako and Korea for its 10th anniversary

December 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Theater Okinawa held its 10th anniversary special performance “Sacred Songs from Miyako and Chindo Ssit-kkim-gut from Korea” and introduced contrasting folk cultures. While Miyako’s sacred songs are simply performed only...

Governor Onaga to set up investigation team on former governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

Governor Onaga to set up investigation team on former governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

December 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga gave an interview to media outlets at the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) Office building on December 22. Onaga said he would set up a team to look into the Henoko landfill approval by former Governor Hirokazu Nakaima. The...

Human bones dating back 9,000 years found at Sakitari Cave

Human bones dating back 9,000 years found at Sakitari Cave

December 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 11, an official from the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art museum announced that they had found human bones dating back over 9,000 years at Sakitari Cave, located in the Valley of Gangala, Maekawa in Tamagusuku, Nanjo.

The bones were found...

PTSD from Battle of Okinawa: sharing pain will help patients heal

PTSD from Battle of Okinawa:  sharing pain will help patients heal

December 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An open lecture titled, “Exploring the emotional wounds of the Battle of Okinawa” was held on December 13 in Nishihara Town. A woman who experienced the Battle of Okinawa and has suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms for many...

Record 6,507,000 tourists visit Okinawa in the calendar year of 2014

December 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced the number of tourist visitations to Okinawa from January to November 2014. The number was 6,507,000, a new yearly record, exceeding 6,413,700 in the calendar year of 2013(from January to December...

US military police officer arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence

December 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 21, the Okinawa Police Station arrested a military police officer stationed at the U.S. Kadena Air Base on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (violation of traffic law in Japan). According to police, the suspect has admitted to the...

OIST to build an experiment facility for marine life at Seragaki Fishing Port

OIST to build an experiment facility for marine life at Seragaki Fishing Port

December 18, 2014 Haruko Tabuki of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) will build a “maritime experiment facility (tentative name),” for research and observation of marine life, at the site of Seragaki Fishing Port in Onna Village.

It will...

Paralympian athlete Ueyonabaru receives Okinawa Colony Award

Paralympian athlete Ueyonabaru receives Okinawa Colony Award

December 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Paralympian athlete Hirokazu Ueyonabaru, 43, was awarded the grand prize in the 19th Okinawa Colony Award on December 9. The award ceremony was held at the Naha Terrace Hotel in Naha. The award is given to physically disabled people and groups of people, who...