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Happy birthday for elephant Ryuka

Happy birthday for elephant Ryuka

May 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22 the 16th birthday party of popular Indian elephant Ryuka was celebrated at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. Children and parents who attended the party, sang the “Happy Birthday” song to help her celebrate. Ryuka, who performed tambourine and harmonica to music, appeared to be in a chipper mood. Ryuka and her daughter Ryubi ate cakes made of fruits and sweet potatoes, pleasing the crowd.

The zoo staff quizzed...

 

Coral laying eggs in night sea of Tokashiki

Coral laying eggs in night sea of Tokashiki

May 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of May 25, local divers confirmed that coral spawned in Tokashiki Island. This occurs once during the period from May to July each year.

Around 10:20 p.m., staghorn coral and Montipora spawned at the same time, which illuminated the dark ocean....

Majority of foreign tourists dissatisfied with WiFi services in Okinawa

June 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has conducted a survey on usage of a public wireless network (WiFi) in accommodation facilities and tourist spots in Okinawa, including looking at Internet usage of foreign tourists. According to the survey, 89.6 percent of...

“No sincere solution offered”; gathered women criticize US-Japan

“No sincere solution offered”; gathered women criticize US-Japan

May 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Groups of congressional representatives and organizations advocating for the eradication of sexual violence held a rally under the title “Women are mad! Emergency Session on Murder of Okinawan Woman” on May 26 at the congressional office building for the House...

National Association of Chairpersons of City Councils adopts resolution seeking SOFA revision

June 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
The National Association of Chairpersons of City Councils adopted a resolution requesting a drastic revision of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) at a meeting held in Tokyo on May 31.

The organization represents over 800 chairpersons of city councils....

Editorial: Japanese government takes no initiative to negotiate SOFA amendment with US

May 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

It seems there is a problem surrounding the Abe administration’s insistence on exercising sole authority over diplomacy, as the U.S. continues to exercise its own authority over Japan’s sovereignty, and the lives of citizens residing around military bases continue...

Onaga takes a cautious stance toward new crime prevention measures: “The problem is the overwhelming concentration of bases”

May 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 28, Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson, Okinawa Area Coordinator for the U.S. military and the top official of the U.S. forces in Okinawa, spoke to Governor Takeshi Onaga by telephone. Lieutenant General Nicholson announced to Governor Onaga that in the...

Okinawa to hold huge prost rally against suspected murder by ex US marine

May 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the recent arrest of a U.S. military employee on suspicion of disposing of a woman’s body, “All Okinawa Kaigi”, a community organization that aims to prevent the construction of a new base in Henoko, held an emergency meeting on May 22. The organization’s...

Citizen groups express sorrow and anger in Washington, D.C. after Okinawan woman was allegedly murdered by former US marine

Citizen groups express sorrow and anger in Washington, D.C. after Okinawan woman was allegedly murdered by former US marine

May 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sakae Toiyama in Washington, D.C.

On May 26, in Washington, D.C., ‘CODEPINK’, a women’s group seeking peace and social justice, held a protest after an Okinawa woman was allegedly murdered by a U.S. civilian base worker, who is a former...

Arizona-based environmental organization makes statement against new US base construction in Okinawa

May 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sakae Toiyama in Washington, D.C.

On May 26, Arizona-based environmental organization the Center for Biological Diversity issued a statement against the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko in Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States...

Obama not apologizing for alleged murder of Okinawan woman by ex-marine

May 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

On the evening of May 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with United States President Obama in Shima of Mie Prefecture and held a joint press conference. Regarding the recent incident of a woman’s body being disposed of by a U.S. military...