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Ocean-lovers make a work of art with rubbish that has drifted ashore at Ishigaki Island

November 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 13, the third Ocean Love-Love Festival 2011 in Ishigaki Island was held to clean up the shore at the Akaishi coast in Ishigaki City. This year a total of 732 people participated in the event, the highest number to date. They collected items of rubbish that had drifted ashore from locations both in Japan and overseas.

According to the executive, 374 garbage bags, 20 dangerous objects such as lighters and bottles of medicine, and 264 over-sized...

 

Okinawa’s Islands Fair kicks off – Stadium imbued with island flavor

Okinawa’s Islands Fair kicks off - Stadium imbued with island flavor

November 26, 2011 Yukiyo Zaha of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 25, the Okinawa Islands Fair – Blessing from the Islands commenced at the Okinawa Cellular Park Naha at Onoyama Park. Some of the Okinawa’s premier products were exhibited and sold over three days until November 27. The traditional...

U.S. fighter drills to move from the Kadena Air Base to Guam next month

November 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 25, the Ministry of Defense announced that from December 1 U.S. fighter aircraft drills initially planned to take place from the Kadena Air Base in December will start partially moving to Guam. This is one of the initiatives that Japan and the United...

Japan has jurisdiction over the fatal traffic accident caused by a U.S. military civilian employee this January.

Japan has jurisdiction over the fatal traffic accident caused by a U.S. military civilian employee this January.

November 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference on November 24, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba announced that the Japanese and the U.S. governments have reached an agreement under the new framework by which Japan will be granted jurisdiction over serious crimes such as a fatal traffic...

Foreign Ministry does not intend to investigate the Agent Orange issue in Okinawa

November 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 24, the Okinawa Liaison Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it will not carry out additional research regarding articles reporting U.S. veterans’ claims that a highly toxic defoliant containing dioxin was used extensively in...

Okinawa defense chief sacked for his injudicious remark

Okinawa defense chief sacked for his injudicious remark

November 29, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the evening of November 29, the government announced that it would dismiss 50 year-old Satoshi Tanaka, the director general of the Okinawa Defense Bureau after he had made a remark the previous evening (November 28) in which he compared the delayed submission...

Okinawa defense official’s injudicious remark regarding the submission of the Henoko environmental impact report

Okinawa defense official's injudicious remark regarding the submission of the Henoko environmental impact report

November 29, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

When asked why Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa has not gone any further than saying, “The government is preparing to submit the environmental impact report to the prefecture before the end of the year,” and why Ichikawa avoids giving a clear schedule...

Ie Rum winning a double-award delights the people of Ie Village

Ie Rum winning a double-award delights the people of Ie Village

November 23, 2011 Yukito Kinjo, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

In the 2011 Okinawan Islands Fair held from November 25 at Okinawa Cellular Park Naha Ie Rum Santa Maria of the Ie Island Product Center (headed by village mayor Katsumasa Oshiro) was selected as a local product of superior...

Christmas tree appears to shines a light on downtown Naha

Christmas tree appears to shines a light on downtown Naha

November 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of November 18, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony was held in the event square of Palette-Kumoji in Naha by the three groups of the Palette-Kumoji, the Ryubo Department Store and Kokusai Street and Kencho-Mae Station Shopping District Association....

“Moving Marines to Australia is a smart move,” suggests the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Prof. Nye

“Moving Marines to Australia is a smart move,” suggests the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Prof. Nye

November 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense of the Clinton administration, Professor Joseph Nye supports the United States Government’s policy to move the U.S. Marine Corps to Australia. He is known as a key figure in the pro-Japanese group, and has been...

Ceremony marking the establishment of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Ceremony marking the establishment of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

November 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony to commemorate the establishment of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST, President Jonathan Dorfan) was held at its main campus in Tancha, Onna Village on November 19.
The ceremony was attended by about 500...