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Fukushima zoo’s elephants to move to Okinawa during winter

Fukushima zoo’s elephants to move to Okinawa during winter

November 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In December, two Asian elephants from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima are coming to Okinawa Zoo and Museum to spend the winter. On November 18, Okinawa City Mayor Sachio Kuwae and the president of Tohoku Safari Park Nobushige Kumakubo signed an agreement on the care of the two elephants, at Okinawa City Office on November 18.

From October 2012, Tohoku Safari Park has cared for two elephants, Tonsai and Boonthong as part of a project called “Japan-Lao...

 

Okinawan old, folk house used as guest accommodation attracting foreign tourists

Okinawan old, folk house used as guest accommodation attracting foreign tourists

November 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Located in the Goya district of Okinawa City, guest house Goya is a 40-year old Okinawan folk house with a tiled roof, and it is attracting guests from Asia and Europe. Tourists from Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, and France have visited the house. Even in the...

Government halts work at sea for new US base in Henoko as it considers election

November 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government decided to postpone offshore construction work , in Henoko, Nago, where it plans to relocate U.S Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, until December 14, when the House of Representatives election campaign ends. On-shore work, such as preparing a temporary...

Eight nuns from Tokyo and Miyazaki Prefecture take part in protest against Henoko

Eight nuns from Tokyo and Miyazaki Prefecture take part in protest against Henoko

November 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of November 12, over 50 citizens gathered in front of Gate One at Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, to protest against the construction of an alternative base for U.S Marine Corps Futenma Air Station.

Eight nuns of Jesus Caritas from Tokyo and...

Chibana Hanaui textile products to enhance regional branding in Okinawa

Chibana Hanaui textile products to enhance regional branding in Okinawa

November 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Luggage and accessory store Tajimaya has developed original products with Okinawa City’s Chibana Hanaui textile company, which makes state-designated traditional crafts. They released their new products on November 20. Tajimaya, the Chibana Hanaui Business...

Internationally acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki sends message opposing new U.S military base construction in Okinawa

Internationally acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki sends message opposing new U.S military base construction in Okinawa

November 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Toshinobu Nakazato, former chairman of the Okinawa Prefecture Assembly, has been asking prominent figures in and outside of Okinawa who support the Okinawan people’s movement opposing the deployment of Osprey aircraft to Okinawa and construction of a new...

19 protesters against Henoko relocation constrained: 84-year-old woman injured

November 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Offshore construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago resumed on November 20. The Okinawa Prefectural Police riot squad and the Japan Coast Guard have beefed up security in the marine area and in...

New Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga visits Henoko to proclaim true democracy from Okinawa

New Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga visits Henoko to proclaim true democracy from Okinawa

November 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga, who won the Okinawa gubernatorial election, held on November 16, made an appearance in front of the Camp Schwab gate in the Henoko district of Nago on November 19. It was Onaga’s first visit to Henoko since his win in the...

Various languages at JICA International Festival

Various languages at JICA International Festival

November 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 8 and 9, Japan International Cooperation Agency Okinawa International Center (JICA Okinawa) held an International Exchange Festival 2014 in Urasoe. JICA interns from 65 different countries took part in the event. Forty-four International exchange...

Light rain amid rain-making rituals on Kohama Island

Light rain amid rain-making rituals on Kohama Island

November 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Amid a water shortage in the Yaeyama region, which has been experiencing low rainfall, rain-making rituals were held for the first time in about 25 years on Kohama Island. When seven Kantsukasa (woman priests) started to sing a song calling for rain,...

Japanese government releases current cost of Futenma relocation; so far exceeds 40 billion yen

November 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Expenses related to a plan to build an alternative facility to Futenma Air Station in Nago, covering the period from May 1, 2006 to November 5, 2014 amount to 40,860,000,000 yen. The U.S. and Japanese government reached an agreement on the Realignment of U.S....