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Transferring training of Osprey aircraft to other places has no effect, while the total number of take-off and landing operations increases at Futenma

Transferring training of Osprey aircraft to other places has no effect, while the total number of take-off and landing operations increases at Futenma

April 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced on April 21 the results of a survey on take-offs and landings of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, which was conducted for the first time.
 
The OPG conducted the investigation at the Futenma base during the period from March 6 to 17. Six MV-22 Osprey aircraft and three CH-53 helicopters moved away from Okinawa for the training. During the period, the number of take-offs and landings...

 

330,000 people enjoy variety of entertainment during Okinawa International Film Festival

330,000 people enjoy variety of entertainment during Okinawa International Film Festival

April 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 9th Okinawa International Film Festival came to a close on April 23. The organizer of the film festival set up venues this time in Iheya village, Ishigaki City and other places. A variety of events, including movie screenings, performers and directors’...

1000 people stand in line for the first H&M store at Okinawa Rycom

1000 people stand in line for the first H&M store at Okinawa Rycom

April 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The very first store of the Sweden-based, globally well-known clothing brand, Hennes & Mauritz, known as H&M, opened in the AEON mall Okinawa Rycom in Kitanakagusuku Village on April 20. More than 1000 people, mostly women, waited for its opening from early...

Karisyushi shirts to be sold in Italy

Karisyushi shirts to be sold in Italy

April 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Manufacturer of Aloha and Kariyushi shirts JUNE will start selling its brand PAIKAJI this summer in Italy. PAIKAJI was exhibited at Pitti Uomo, the world’s largest clothing fair held in Italy for four years. A select shop president who took part in the fair as...

ZAN movie about Henoko’s dugongs holds first screening in Nago

ZAN movie about Henoko’s dugongs holds first screening in Nago

April 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 5, the Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J) and the Tokyo-based branding company ImageMILL held a screening event of the documentary film ZAN at Nago Civic Hall. The film addresses dugongs’ habitats in national natural monuments of Japan such...

Legends tell of dugong curses

Legends tell of dugong curses

April 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

“If you harass a mermaid you will be cursed.” The dugong was a model for the legends of mermaids and is a designated for special protection in Japan. There is much folklore about the dugong in Okinawa, and in every tale it is said that harming...

Project Restores Ryukyu Kingdom-Era Art and Techniques using Modern Science

April 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa prefecture is making progress in revitalizing the techniques for making exquisite Ryukyu Kingdom-era arts and crafts with the Ryukyu Kingdom cultural heritage collection and restoration project. Making use of modern science and techniques, the project began...

Okinawa International Karate Tournament to be held in August 2018, hosting up to 6,000 participants from other prefectures and abroad

Okinawa International Karate Tournament to be held in August 2018, hosting up to 6,000 participants from other prefectures and abroad

April 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa International Karate Tournament executive committee, which plans to host the 1st Okinawa International Karate Tournament in August 2018, held its second general meeting in Naha City on April 19.
The tournament will be held in kata category’s...

Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau introduces new mascot to boost Okinawa tourism

Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau introduces new mascot to boost Okinawa tourism

April 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 10, the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) unveiled Maharo-kun as a new mascot. Serving as a promotional ambassador for Okinawa together with Hanagasa Mahae-chan and the three Miss Okinawa beauty queens, he will work to draw domestic and foreign...

Editorial: The Marines must withdraw to the continental U.S. after stray bullets found at Onna construction site

April 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

An accident which should never happen has happened in Onna. At the Afuso Dam construction site in the Camp Hansen Marine Corps base, damage that appears to have come from stray bullets was found in water tanks and the cars of dam workers.

When the stray bullets...

Okinawa Prefecture to send a request for cooperation on the Henoko issue to environmental protection organizations

Okinawa Prefecture to send a request for cooperation on the Henoko issue to environmental protection organizations

April 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture will send a written statement to request that the International Conservation Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN) and the other main environmental protection organizations in Japan reach out to the Japanese government to take measures to avoid...