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“Why do we need to get permission from U.S. marines to visit our ancestors’ graves?”

“Why do we need to get permission from U.S. marines to visit our ancestors' graves?”

April 18, Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 17, at graves within U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma, Ginowan, residents held the Shimi Festival to celebrate their ancestral spirits.

After getting permission from the authorities, about 490 people visited their ancestors’ graves.

The Futenma airfield remains 20 years after the governments of Japan and the United States agreed to close it and return lands to the owners. For the annual Shimi Festival, residents have to get the permission...

 

Japan-China joint project in Okinawa aims at advancing caregiving for elderly in China

April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takumi Takimoto

The China Aging Development Foundation (CADF), which supports care for the elderly in China, and the Japanese Association for the Promotion of International Trade (JAPIT) are collaborating to hasten establishment of an Okinawa International...

At working meeting, Okinawa and Japanese governments agree to remove Henoko floats

At working meeting, Okinawa and Japanese governments agree to remove Henoko floats

April 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 14, the representatives from the Okinawan prefectural government and the Japanese government met at the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo. Their meeting marked the first of a series of working-level talks agreed upon as part of the court settlement over...

Trip Advisor ranks sightseeing destinations among Japanese people and foreign tourists for 2015

April 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The largest travel website in the world, Trip Advisor, released 2015 data on Japan’s most popular sightseeing destinations among Japanese people and visitors from abroad, based on user reviews of any language on the site.

The highest-ranking sightseeing...

1,500 people stage protest rally 20 years after agreement to close Futenma base

1,500 people stage protest rally 20 years after agreement to close Futenma base

April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

April 12 marked 20 years since Tokyo and Washington agreed to close the U.S. Futenma base. On the afternoon of April 12 at Kenmin Hiroba in Naha, a citizens organization, “All Okinawa Kaigi”, aimed at preventing the construction of a new base in Henoko, held...

University of the Ryukyus contributes 69.4 billion yen to economy

University of the Ryukyus contributes 69.4 billion yen to economy

April 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The University of the Ryukyus recently researched the economic impact the university has on the local economy. On March 30, they presented their calculation that the economic ripple effect was 69.4 billion yen, with an economic impact ratio of 1.68 times. The economic...

Editorial: Twenty years wasted since Futenma closure agreement

April 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In twenty years, a newborn infant grows into a full-fledged adult. If a policy cannot be implemented over the course of two decades, there is something fundamentally wrong with that policy.

Today marks twenty years since the day that representatives of the...

Kuniyoshi retires from gathering remains of war dead after 60 years

Kuniyoshi retires from gathering remains of war dead after 60 years

April 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In March, 77-year-old Isamu Kuniyoshi retired from his volunteer role collecting the remains of war dead found in former Japanese military bases in Okinawa. He is stepping down due to his weakening health.

Kuniyoshi had engaged in these activities for about...

Fundraising for ancient Ryukyuan sailing experiment reaches 20 million yen

Fundraising for ancient Ryukyuan sailing experiment reaches 20 million yen

April 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

An online fundraising campaign in support of a project organized by the National Museum of Nature and Science (NMNS) reached its goal of 20 million yen on April 4. The project, which is called a “Full Verification of 30,000-year-old Navigation”, aims to verify...

Colorful flowers bloom during Urizun period in Tokashiki

Colorful flowers bloom during Urizun period in Tokashiki

April 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideaki Yoneda

Tennoume (Ribes ambiguum) and Easter lilies bloomed in the wilderness of Tokashiki Island. The rupestrine flowers are found on the beach and bloom during the Urizun period from April to May.

Tennoume, which is also called Izasonsho,...

Flight between Naha and Seoul to start in May

April 5 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Korean Air Lines announced on April 4 that it will start a round trip between Naha and Seoul from May 5. The airline will operate one flight per day. It will be the first time Korean Air Lines has operated a regular flight between Okinawa and Korea. A Boeing 777 containing...