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Pupils of the Second Futenma Elementary School carry out an evacuation drill for a possible helicopter crash

Pupils of the Second Futenma Elementary School carry out an evacuation drill for a possible helicopter crash

July 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 12, an evacuation drill for a possible helicopter crash was carried out at the Second Futenma Elementary School, which is located next to the United States Marine Corps Air Station (USMCAS) Futenma. The children learned how to protect themselves from potential danger.
The school officials have been increasingly concerned about MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, which will be deployed at Futenma next year, and the possibility of...

 

Okinawa Prefecture sets up information center for the remains of victims of the Battle of Okinawa

July 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 1, the Okinawa Prefectural Government set up an information-gathering center in an attempt to better coordinate the information available for the recovery of remains of people who died in the Battle of Okinawa.
To make the task of recovering remains...

Creating a cadastral map of Iwo-Tori-shima

Creating a cadastral map of Iwo-Tori-shima

July 9, 2011 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo,Photograph by Yasuhide Matayoshi of Ryukyu Shimpo

July 29 marks 52 years since the entire population of Iwo-Tori-shima (formerly Gushikawa Village, currently Kumejima Town) were forced to leave the island due to a volcanic eruption.
Kumejima...

The first Chinese tourist group visits Okinawa on multiple-entry visas

The first Chinese tourist group visits Okinawa on multiple-entry visas

July 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of July 7, ten people of the first tourist group on multiple-entry visas arrived at Naha Airport from Beijing via Haneda. Multiple-entry visas for Chinese tourists have been issued since July 1 allowing Chinese tourists to visit Japan anytime during...

Honorary police officer Bogey goes to heaven

Honorary police officer Bogey goes to heaven

July 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Bogey, a “canine police officer” well known to the residents of Urasoe City died of old age on July 5. In his role as a police public-relations dog he was a symbol of traffic safety activities through the years. Originally a stray dog, this canine hero was promoted...

Singaporean TV crews visit Okinawa, reporting on the link between longevity and foods

Singaporean TV crews visit Okinawa, reporting on the link between longevity and foods

July 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The crew of MediaCorp Channel 8, a state-run television channel in Singapore, visited Okinawa to make a television program about culture and food in various countries around the world.
From July 1 to 6, they collected material about the correlation between longevity...

Worldwide Eisa Festival to be held on October 15

Worldwide Eisa Festival to be held on October 15

July 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Worldwide Eisa Festival 2011, which aims to establish a new style of “participatory Eisa” as a world standard, is scheduled to be held at Onoyama Stadium in Naha City on October 15 and 16.
While the festival has been held under the name “the National...

Young Okinawan woodpeckers safely leave their nest in a tree blown down in a typhoon

Young Okinawan woodpeckers safely leave their nest in a tree blown down in a typhoon

July 6, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Two Okinawa woodpecker chicks safely left their nest in an itaji tree (biological name: Castanopsis sieboldii) blown over by the strong winds of Typhoons No.2 and No.5 in Nishime-dake, Kunigami Village.
This situation was confirmed by 48 year-old Yutaka Toguchi,...

JASDF F-15 crashes into sea 140 km off the coast of Ie-jima

JASDF F-15 crashes into sea 140 km off the coast of Ie-jima

July 5, 2011 compiled from reports of Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the Naha base of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, at 10:29am on July 5, an F-15 fighter aircraft based in Naha went missing at a point north of Kume-jima, about 180 kilometers...

Disgraceful absurdity
Now is the time to appeal to the international community

July 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

When talking about the relocation plan that has U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (USMCAS) Futenma moving to Henoko in Nago – something agreed to by both the governments of United States and Japan – Governor of Okinawa Hirokazu Nakaima stated, “I think that...

Okinawan “treasures” put on the Internet

Okinawan “treasures” put on the Internet

July 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In order to make “treasures” of Okinawa more widely known to the public, the Okinawa Prefectural Library has digitalized 610 valuable works from the past such as ancient maps, documents and pictorial diagrams, all of which the library owns, and has started to...