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Henoko locals question Okinawa Defense Bureau’s artificial turtle nests

Henoko locals question Okinawa Defense Bureau’s artificial turtle nests

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
Henoko, Nago City—On March 9, the Okinawa Defense Bureau proceeded to fill the coast with sand and dirt as part of the land reclamation project to build a new U.S. military base for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Workers were seen creating a nesting area for the local sea turtles on the beach, near the K9 seawall at Camp Schwab.

According to the captain of a protest ship, the construction site for the new base...

 

Okinawa university students appeal to U.N. Secretary-General to visit Okinawa

Okinawa university students appeal to U.N. Secretary-General to visit Okinawa

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Please look at what’s happening in Okinawa.”

That is the message of a letter sent by around 40 students at Okinawa International University to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who will be visiting Japan in August.

The Secretary-General...

NIAC predicts employment could fall by 7,690 jobs this year due to decrease in tourism from coronavirus

March 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nansei shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC, Mitsuru Omine, chairman), announced March 5 their estimation for the effect the coronavirus would have on Okinawa’s economy.

The organization predicts that if from February through May, the number of...

Basic Repairs on the Dragon Pillars which Remained Standing After the Fire at Shuri Castle

Basic Repairs on the Dragon Pillars which Remained Standing After the Fire at Shuri Castle

February 28, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 27, in Shurijo Castle Park, Naha, Okinawa, basic repairs began on the Giant Dragon Pillars that were damaged in the Shuri Castle Fire. The fire destroyed parts of the castle, including the main hall, last October.
 
According to the...

Chatan town to buy returned U.S. military base land contaminated with dioxins from landowner

Chatan town to buy returned U.S. military base land contaminated with dioxins from landowner

March 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Manato Akira, Wakana Arakaki, and Mikako Shimoji

Waste containing high concentrations of dioxins was found at a returned U.S. military base site in Kamiseido, Chatan Town in Okinawa Prefecture, which had been designated for the construction of a residence....

Defense Bureau says Henoko landfill will proceed amid coronavirus precautions

Defense Bureau says Henoko landfill will proceed amid coronavirus precautions

March 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau stated on March 2 that the land reclamation work to add a new U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago City, will not be suspended as part of the ongoing efforts to control the spread of the new coronavirus strain, COVID-19.

The bureau...

Ginowan brand Binryu exhibits bingata wallpaper collection in France

Ginowan brand Binryu exhibits bingata wallpaper collection in France

March 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
Yoko Oshiro reports

Starting on January 17, Europe’s largest home décor fair, Maison et Objet, was held for five days at the Villepinte Exhibition Center in the suburbs of Paris. The wallpaper collection from Binryu, the original brand of Araya Planning,...

New Japanese-Filipino movie about an amputee boxer is being filmed in Okinawa

New Japanese-Filipino movie about an amputee boxer is being filmed in Okinawa

March 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Japanese-Filipino joint production film, The Amputee Boxer (title TBD), is currently being filmed in Okinawa. The movie is a human drama based on the true-life story of Naozumi Tsuchiyama, 37. Tsuchiyama, who hails from Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, built his boxing...

Miyakojima Triathlon cancelled due to concerns over coronavirus

Miyakojima Triathlon cancelled due to concerns over coronavirus

March 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyakojima – The “36th All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima” (Hosted by Miyakojima City and the Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd.) scheduled for April 19 was cancelled by the event’s executive committee at a special meeting held at the JTA Dome Miyakojima March 2, due to...

Surveillance footage of Shuri Castle Fire reveals 18-minute gap

Surveillance footage of Shuri Castle Fire reveals 18-minute gap

February 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 26, the Okinawa General Bureau released surveillance footage of the Shuri Castle fire, captured on four security cameras positioned inside and outside the Seiden Main Hall.

According to the footage, the motion sensors detected smoke and alerted...

Invited by the Sunlight A Pair of Okinawa Rails Getting Along in Aha, Kunigami

Invited by the Sunlight A Pair of Okinawa Rails Getting Along in Aha, Kunigami

February 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kunigami – On the morning of February 22, a pair of what appeared to be Okinawa rails (yambaru kuina) were observed engaging in mating behavior on an agricultural road in Aha, Kunigami.

The Okinawa rail is a Natural Monument of Japan. The adorable pair...