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Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

March 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7 courtship displays by rare bearded mudskippers (tokagehaze or Scartelaos histophorus) were seen on the tidal flats in Fusozaki, Nanjo. Because the temperature was relatively high, the mudskippers stand up to attract each other before cuddling up with their partners. The timing is early this year, with this behavior normally witnessed around the end of March into April.

The bearded mudskipper or tokagehaze in Japanese is an...

 

Black-faced spoonbill has its beak hooked in the same kind of accident that occurred four years ago

Black-faced spoonbill has its beak hooked in the same kind of accident that occurred four years ago

March 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4 in the southern part of Okinawa’s main island, a black-faced spoonbill, a species listed by the Ministry of Environment as “critically endangered” on its Red List, was found with a fishhook in its beak. A similar accident occurred four years ago,...

[The Great East Japan Earthquake]
About 70 percent of evacuees in Okinawa feel “uneasy, but keen to return home”

[The Great East Japan Earthquake]<br>About 70 percent of evacuees in Okinawa feel “uneasy, but keen to return home”

March 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 11, a year will have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Ryukyu Shimpo conducted a survey of evacuees to Okinawa from Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima before March 1. The percentage of respondents who answered, “I feel uneasy, but keen to return...

Disposal of unexploded ordnance carried out at Shuri High School

March 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 12:00pm on March 4, in the grounds of the Shuri High School, Naha, a Self-Defense Force bomb disposal team disposed of an unexploded WWII U.S. Navy 8-Inch shell (about 118 kilogram, 90 centimeters long and 20 centimeters in diameter). Last November, workers found...

Asiana Airlines marks the 20th anniversary of service between Korea and Okinawa

Asiana Airlines marks the 20th anniversary of service between Korea and Okinawa

March 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 3, Young-Doo Yoon, the president and CEO of Asiana Airlines, visited Okinawa to mark the 20th anniversary of the commencement of the airline’s service between Naha and Seoul. About 120 people including Korean media and people in the tourism industry accompanied...

Symposium about unexploded ordnance held in Naha

Symposium about unexploded ordnance held in Naha

March 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Okinawa Prefectural Youth Center on March 3, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held a symposium entitled “Symposium on unexploded ordnance – Thinking about world peace from below.” Four panelists discussed the issue as it...

Okinawa and Myanmar Friendship Association gives funds for an elementary school to Myanmar

Okinawa and Myanmar Friendship Association gives funds for an elementary school to Myanmar

March 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinken Ryosawa, the president of the Okinawa and Myanmar Friendship Association, presented a new elementary school to Labutta, a town located in the southwestern part of Myanmar.
Ryosawa, who was born in Myanmar, donated approximately five million yen towards...

More multilingual information boards to be set up throughout Okinawa

More multilingual information boards to be set up throughout Okinawa

March 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) will set up multilingual tourist information boards throughout Okinawa, including locations in Miyako and Yaeyama. The plan is to install a vicinity map giving tourist information...

Smoked goat meat to be promoted as a new local product

Smoked goat meat to be promoted as a new local product

February 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 17, a tasting session for smoked goat meat was held at the Tsukayama Awamori Brewery, a nationally designated cultural property in Onaka, Nago. The goat meat was cooked in a blasting range that Shigeru Ito, the principal of the Okinawa National College...

Okinawa Prefectural Government hires Yukie Yoshikawa as a senior research fellow in a new division to study Japan-U.S. security issues

Okinawa Prefectural Government hires Yukie Yoshikawa as a senior research fellow in a new division to study Japan-U.S. security issues

March 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has hired Yukie Yoshikawa as a senior research fellow in the Regional Security Policy Division (provisional name), the new division to conduct research and gather information about Japan-U.S. security issues, which will be...

Okinawan rock star closes his live music club in front of Kadena Airbase

Okinawan rock star closes his live music club in front of Kadena Airbase

March 4, 2012 Ryota Shimabukuro of the Ryukyu Shimpo

After three decades, 67 year-old Okinawan rock musician Katchan, or Katsuhiro Kawamitsu, closed his live music club “Jack Nasty” in Gate Street in Okinawa City (formerly Koza City). He was a popular vocalist in the rock group...