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Japanese government denies discriminating against the Okinawan people on the Futenma issue

March 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva has decided to send a letter to the Japanese government requesting an explanation of the situation regarding the plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago, but the Japanese government denies any discrimination against Okinawan people and asserts that the current plan is the best option.

A representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed...

 

U.S. Navy uses Ishigaki Airport despite local opposition

U.S. Navy uses Ishigaki Airport despite local opposition

March 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

An HH-60H helicopter and a C-12 fixed wing aircraft belonging to the U.S. naval forces in Japan, landed at Ishigaki Airport, a civilian facility, on March 13. Five military personnel transferred from the C-12 to the helicopter, and flew to a U.S. naval vessel. The...

Akiyoshi Ito’s Photograph Exhibition held in Paris to let people know about the beautiful ocean of Okinawa

Akiyoshi Ito's Photograph Exhibition held in Paris to let people know about the beautiful ocean of Okinawa

March 12, 2012 Yoko Oshiro correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Artist Akiyoshi Ito, who is famous for his underwater photography, is holding an exhibition in the Tropical Aquarium Porte Doree in Paris from February 2 to March 15. This is the second such exhibition to be held overseas, following...

Protest rally against Osprey deployment to be held in late June

March 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 13, Ginowan Municipal Office representatives met with the city’s five key entities to discuss the issue of the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and confirmed plans...

Black-faced spoonbill flies into the sky over Tomigusuku after having treatment

Black-faced spoonbill flies into the sky over Tomigusuku after having treatment

March 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 14, a black-faced spoonbill that had been entangled in fishing line recovered from its troubled situation flew into the sky over the Toyosaki mudflats, Tomigusuku. Two staff members of the Nature Conservation Section of the Okinawa Prefectural Government...

The Ministry of the Environment looks after a black-faced spoonbill

The Ministry of the Environment looks after a black-faced spoonbill

March 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of March 11, a black-faced spoonbill that had been found with a fishing line wrapped around its beak on March 4 at the mud flats in the southern part of the main island, was taken into care.

From around 4:30pm that day, more than a dozen people...

Special flight to carry chrysanthemums for Higan

Special flight to carry chrysanthemums for <em>Higan</em>

March 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shipments of chrysanthemums went from Okinawa for Higan, the Buddhist equinoctial week. On March 8, on a special All Nippon Airways flight to Haneda Airport, the Okinawa Flower Agricultural Cooperative shipped chrysanthemums for use all over Japan.

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Baby water buffalo born in Ishigaki

Baby water buffalo born in Ishigaki

March 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Ishigaki, people saw the first baby water buffalo in many a year, and have named it Katsuzakura. Yoji Fukunaka, a teacher at Yaeyama Agriculture High School and Karin Heanza, a second grade student, have been taking care of the buffalos. Katsuzakura is the first...

555.6 billion yen paid towards the maintenance and repair of U.S. military facilities in Okinawa

March 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to the omoiyari yosan, the financial burden that Japan pays towards the cost of U.S. forces stationed on its territory, for the 33 years from fiscal 1979 to 2011, the number of cases in which the Ministry of Defense carried out maintenance and repair...

Students pray to pass the entrance examination for high school in Miyako

Students pray to pass the entrance examination for high school in Miyako

March 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7, on Miyako Island, an entrance examination for prefectural high schools was held. As has become an annual tradition, this year students and their family members gathered to eat lunch together. In the past, when there were very few restaurants near schools...

Police officer “apprehends” a 1.5 meter long habu at Yagaji – police officials send a cautionary message to the public earlier than in normal years

Police officer “apprehends” a 1.5 meter long <em>habu</em> at Yagaji - police officials send a cautionary message to the public earlier than in normal years

March 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 10:00pm on March 5, Kouki Tarama, a police officer of the Yagaji Police Substation in Nago caught a poisonous habu snake that was about 1.5 meters in length in the front yard of the police substation. Nago Police Station drew residents’ attention...