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Ishigaki Island comes third among world’s best dive areas

July 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki Island was judged as the third best place in the world to dive for three consecutive years at the Dive & Travel Awards 2011, hosted by the Marine Art Center that publishes “Marine Diving,” a monthly diving magazine.
Ishigaki Island won the top spot in Japan for the 11th consecutive year.
The Yaeyama Diving Association (headed by Makoto Sonoda), which held a press conference at Ishigaki City Hall on July 14, announced the acceptance...

 

Forty years after the removal operation of stocks of U.S. poison gas, a representative of residents says, “We live still close to the munitions depot”

Forty years after the removal operation of stocks of U.S. poison gas, a representative of residents says, “We live still close to the munitions depot”

July 15, 2011 by Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo
On July 15, 40 years passed since phase II of the Red Hat Operation in which 13000 tons of poison gas munitions, including Mustard, Sarin and VX were removed from Okinawa to Johnston Island in the North Pacific Ocean. Residents never knew that...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopts a resolution of protest against Osprey deployment and demands the withdrawal of the deployment plan

July 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a regular meeting on July 14, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (Chairman Zenshin Takamine) unanimously passed a resolution and statement of protest against and demand of withdrawal of plans to deploy the MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft...

Fourteen year-old Tamaki selected as a member of Japan’s national karate team

Fourteen year-old Tamaki selected as a member of Japan's national karate team

July 19, 2011 yoshiya Hokama of Ryukyu Shimpo

Yabu Junior High School in Nago City third year student 14 year-old Daigo Tamaki has been selected as a candidate for the Japan Junior & Cadet Karate Team. He will participate in the Cadet category (14‐15 years of age) of the Kumite competition...

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...

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...