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Okinawa poll finds 67.6 percent plan “no” vote in land reclamation referendum, greatly exceeding planned “yes” and “neither” votes

Okinawa poll finds 67.6 percent plan “no” vote in land reclamation referendum, greatly exceeding planned “yes” and “neither” votes

February 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Over February 16 and 17 the Ryukyu Shimpo, the Okinawa Times, and Kyodo News jointly conducted a telephone public opinion poll of voters throughout Okinawa Prefecture.

The poll addressed the prefectural referendum, which will ask Okinawan voters if they vote “yes,” “no,” or “neither yes nor no” to land reclamation in Henoko, Nago City as part of construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF). It has been revealed through...

 

Drone ban over military base is suppression of Okinawan press

 

February 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

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In an effort to prevent terrorist drone attacks, the Japanese government plans to submit a bill during the current Diet session to revise existing drone laws. The Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association countered...

Okinawan and South Korean citizens hold peace symposium urging withdrawal of US troops

Okinawan and South Korean citizens hold peace symposium urging withdrawal of US troops

 

February 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 10 at the Yomitan Village Regional Promotion Center, Kadena Peace Action and other groups held a symposium titled “Popular Conference of Okinawa and South Korea” which addressed peace and military bases in Northest...

Rare sighting of parent and child humpback whales off Kitanakagusuku’s East coast

Rare sighting of parent and child humpback whales off Kitanakagusuku’s East coast

 

February 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the morning of February 7 off the coast at Atsuta Harbor in Kitanakagusuku Village, a parent and child pair of humpback whales were spotted jumping up from the surface of the water in a behavior known as “breaching.”

A...

Okinawa takes the top vacation destination for this year’s 10-day Golden Week, reservations coming in earlier than previous years

Okinawa takes the top vacation destination for this year’s 10-day Golden Week, reservations coming in earlier than previous years

February 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Travel giant H.I.S. announced their domestic travel reservation rankings for the 10-day-long 2019 Golden Week February 12.

“Okinawa Island” took the top spot, with “the Okinawa Archipelago,” which includes islands such as Miyako and...

Brilliant rainbow appears in Iriomote Island, “feels like a good omen”

Brilliant rainbow appears in Iriomote Island, “feels like a good omen”

February 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

(Iriomote Island, Taketomi) Around 4:00 p.m. on February 9, a rainbow exhibiting all seven colors distinctly appeared in Iriomote Island of Taketomi Town.

Residents and tourists gasped at the rainbow, which rose clearly all...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly member travel to Germany and Italy, find major and “unsettling” differences in the nature of U.S. forces stationed in each country

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly member travel to Germany and Italy, find major and “unsettling” differences in the nature of U.S. forces stationed in each country

February 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Akihito Yamaguchi

 

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly General Coordination and Policy Planning Committee (Osamu Toguchi, chair) members visited Germany and Italy, who were defeated in World War 2 fighting on the same side as Japan, and met with...

Nakandakari Ward holds ceremony to transplant young rice plants and pray for good harvest

Nakandakari Ward holds ceremony to transplant young rice plants and pray for good harvest

February 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 14, Nakandakari Ward’s traditional event “Ueda Ugan” took place at Ukinjyu Hainjyu. Ukinjyu Hainjyu, located in Hyakuna of Tamagusuku Village in Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture, is said to be the birthplace...

The devil’s mask that protects Wabiai no Sato

The devil’s mask that protects Wabiai no Sato

February 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shouhei Tsukazaki

The Wabiai no Sato in Higashiemae of Ie Village in Okinawa Prefecture works to pass on the history of Ie Island and the footsteps of late peace activist Shoukou Ahagon. Above the gate to the Wabiai no Sato is a devil’s mask, which...

Expert claims no previous reinforcement of soft ground 90 meters below sea level, the depth found in Henoko construction area

Expert claims no previous reinforcement of soft ground 90 meters below sea level, the depth found in Henoko construction area

February 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 6, it came to the Ryukyu Shimpo’s attention that the thickest layer of soft ground at the construction site for the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Oura Bay reaches a depth of about 90 meters below sea level. This strip requires large-scale...

Foreign Laborers in Okinawa totals 8,138 at the end of October, 2018, highest ever figure for both people and businesses

Foreign Laborers in Okinawa totals 8,138 at the end of October, 2018, highest ever figure for both people and businesses

February 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Labor Bureau (Takafumi Adachi, bureau chief) announced February 7 that the number of foreign laborers in Okinawa as of the end of October, 2018 increased by 828 people year-over-year (an 11.3% increase) to a total of 8,138 people. The number of businesses...