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JTA to offer Okinawa-Vietnam charter flights

September 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

JTA (Japan Transocean Air) President Noriyuki Aoki announced that one round-trip flight between Naha and Ho Chi Minh will be available for charter in December and again in February 2020. JTA has had success with its Seoul, Taiwan and Hong Kong routes; the charter to Vietnam will be its first venture into Southeast Asia. The charter for December goes on sale September 30, and will utilize the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which seats 165.

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High costs at OIST, one of the top research universities in the work? Japan’s Ministry of Finance instructs the school to strengthen research results

High costs at OIST, one of the top research universities in the work? Japan’s Ministry of Finance instructs the school to strengthen research results

September 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – Japan’s Cabinet Office opened an investigative commission to discuss future challenges for the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate School September 12.

In June, the Ministry of Finance released an expenditure review,...

Mid-Autumn Celebration: A moonlit fall equinox dance performance at Shurijo Castle Park

Mid-Autumn Celebration: A moonlit fall equinox dance performance at Shurijo Castle Park

September 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shurijo Castle Park’s annual celebration of the fall equinox, “Mid-Autumn Celebration” (Chushu no Utage) kicked off on September 14, on the special stage set up in the Seiden, or main hall area, of Shurijo Castle.

The event includes a reenactment...

Nine universities and colleges in Okinawa request flight ban on U.S. military aircrafts

Nine universities and colleges in Okinawa request flight ban on U.S. military aircrafts

September 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine of Okinawa’s universities and specialized vocational schools held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Press Club on September 17, and announced they have jointly filed a formal request with the Japanese and American governments to...

Governor Tamaki, “The central government is masquerading as a ‘private individual’” in lawsuit surrounding permission for land reclamation at Henoko

Governor Tamaki, “The central government is masquerading as a ‘private individual’” in lawsuit surrounding permission for land reclamation at Henoko

September 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first round of oral arguments was held at the Fukuoka High Court Naha Branch (Judge Masamichi Okubo, presiding) September 18 in the “Voiding of involvement lawsuit,” which was filed by Okinawa against Japan after the Minister of Land, Infrastructure,...

Local protest at civilian Motobu Port blocks entry of U.S. military boat intended for training

Local protest at civilian Motobu Port blocks entry of U.S. military boat intended for training

September 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17 the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa, planned to use one U.S. military Open Water Safety Boat for the purpose of training at Motobu Port in Motobu Town.

Although the boat was transported to the port, due to a protest by citizens and longshoremen,...

30 meter landslide in Henoko near ammunition depot

30 meter landslide in Henoko near ammunition depot

September 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Nago) As of September 16, it was confirmed that a landslide occurred near the U.S. military’s Henoko Ordnance Ammunition Depot facing Oura Bay in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture.

The landslide occurred right next to the fence demarcating the base land, and...

Interview: Gov. Tamaki on cooperation and society’s role in personal fulfillment

Interview: Gov. Tamaki on cooperation and society’s role in personal fulfillment

September 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Interviewed by Tsuyoshi Matsumoto (Editor-in-Chief, The Ryukyu Shimpo)

Okinawa’s goal to create “a caring, uniquely Okinawan society, in which no one is left behind,” is also the core philosophy of the prefectural administration, as it advances its...

Editorial: Second ruling decision for Kadena noise pollution

September 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

It is hard to call it a ruling that addressed the suffering of the residents who are forced to live next to the U.S. military base.

During the third round of appeals to a lawsuit, the Fukuoka High Court Naha Branch rejected the request to suspend flights...

GSDF armored vehicle seen driving along National Route 58 with machine gun uncovered

GSDF armored vehicle seen driving along National Route 58 with machine gun uncovered

September 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

At about 5:30 p.m. on August 8, an armored vehicle apparently belonging to the 15th brigade of the Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) was observed driving on Japan National Route 58 in Nakanishi, Urasoe City bound for Naha, with its machine gun pointed in its...

Ryo Kiyuna wins 8th straight championship at Karate1 Premier League Tokyo 2019, with his team also winning the group Kata

Ryo Kiyuna wins 8th straight championship at Karate1 Premier League Tokyo 2019, with his team also winning the group Kata

September 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The championship round for each event was held September 8 at Karate1 Premier League Tokyo 29 at the Nippon Budokan, and Ryo Kiyuna (Ryuei Ryu Ryuho-kai), who has won three-straight world championships, took the top finish for the men’s individual kata, his...