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Discarded dog becomes snake hunter

Discarded dog becomes snake hunter

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Discarded dog Hatchy is now famous as a habu snake hunter in Uruma. One day, the dog smelled the scent of a coiled poisonous Habu snake on the street and saved the owner Tsugumitsu Toma. Toma and Hatchy regularly take walks near Uruma City’s Katsuren office building through a school zone where Yokatsu High School, elementary and junior high schools are located. The dog helps protect school students and children from snakes.

Hatchy was an abandoned...

 

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

Old procession unrolls like a scroll from the Ryukyu Kingdom era at Shurijo Castle Festival

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An old procession from the days of Ryukyu dynasty was held in and around the Shuri-jo Castle Park on January 3, the last day of the 2015 Shuri Castle Festival.

About 250 people dressed in old traditional costumes, with two people playing the roles of king...

Nansei Sekiyu workers concerned over their future employment: seek assurances from company

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Employees of Nansei Sekiyu, which is led by CEO Lincoln Shiodiro Ishikawa and located in Nishihara, have shared their concerns over employment security from April 2016. The company has not shown any guarantee of employment support, including suggesting retirement...

Okinawa city celebrates population reaching 140000 people

Okinawa city celebrates population reaching 140000 people

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27, Okinawa city’s population reached 140,000 people. A ceremony to celebrate the milestone was held at Okinawa city municipal office on July 23. About 100 people, including residents, members of the city councils, City staff officers of and parents...

Construction of new base in Henoko constrained by prefectural ordinance concerning soil

November 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 1, an ordinance on invasive species within soil hauled from outside Okinawa was enforced for the land reclamation project in public waters. It requires the business operator to submit soil-and-sand transportation plans and take measures to ensure that...

Editorial: Now that Governor Onaga has filed an objection, the central government’s inconsistencies must be scrutinized

November 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism ordered a stay of execution of Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of the permit authorizing land reclamation in order to build a new base in Henoko as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air...

Henoko canoe protestors hustle against the construction again

Henoko canoe protestors hustle against the construction again

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizens opposing the construction of the new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago put their lives on the line to stop the offshore work towards the new base, which was restarted on October 29. Despite being detained by Coast Guard officers many times, protestors on canoes...

Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior arrives in Okinawa to support struggle against US base construction

Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior arrives in Okinawa to support struggle against US base construction

November 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace campaign ship, arrived at Naha New Port on November 1. The ship belonging to the international environmental organization is here to oppose construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago,
Together with local residents,...

[Extra] OPG lodges complaint regarding disputed landfill for new US base


November 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government...

Symposium on Ishigaki Island’s future, independence, base issues, and peace

Symposium on Ishigaki Island’s future, independence, base issues, and peace

October 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 24, in Ishigaki Citizen Hall, the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans (ACSILs) opened a symposium to address peace and Ryukyuan independence. A panel of officials from the Yaeyama Islands and Guam exchanged views...

Kenzaburo Oe and 23 other artists and intellectuals release statement supporting governor’s revocation of Henoko land reclamation permit

Kenzaburo Oe and 23 other artists and intellectuals release statement supporting governor’s revocation of Henoko land reclamation permit

October 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 26, twenty-four artists and intellectuals from around Japan, including Osaka City University professor emeritus Kenichi Miyamoto and Kenzaburo Oe, released a statement lauding Governor Takeshi Onaga’s decision to revoke authorization to reclaim land...