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The first Chinese tourist group visits Okinawa on multiple-entry visas

The first Chinese tourist group visits Okinawa on multiple-entry visas

July 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of July 7, ten people of the first tourist group on multiple-entry visas arrived at Naha Airport from Beijing via Haneda. Multiple-entry visas for Chinese tourists have been issued since July 1 allowing Chinese tourists to visit Japan anytime during its three-year period of validity. At the welcome ceremony held at the domestic terminal building of Naha Airport, Deputy Governor Yoshiyuki Uehara presented commemorative gifts of Ryukyu glass to each...

 

Honorary police officer Bogey goes to heaven

Honorary police officer Bogey goes to heaven

July 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Bogey, a “canine police officer” well known to the residents of Urasoe City died of old age on July 5. In his role as a police public-relations dog he was a symbol of traffic safety activities through the years. Originally a stray dog, this canine hero was promoted...

Singaporean TV crews visit Okinawa, reporting on the link between longevity and foods

Singaporean TV crews visit Okinawa, reporting on the link between longevity and foods

July 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The crew of MediaCorp Channel 8, a state-run television channel in Singapore, visited Okinawa to make a television program about culture and food in various countries around the world.
From July 1 to 6, they collected material about the correlation between longevity...

Worldwide Eisa Festival to be held on October 15

Worldwide Eisa Festival to be held on October 15

July 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Worldwide Eisa Festival 2011, which aims to establish a new style of “participatory Eisa” as a world standard, is scheduled to be held at Onoyama Stadium in Naha City on October 15 and 16.
While the festival has been held under the name “the National...

Young Okinawan woodpeckers safely leave their nest in a tree blown down in a typhoon

Young Okinawan woodpeckers safely leave their nest in a tree blown down in a typhoon

July 6, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Two Okinawa woodpecker chicks safely left their nest in an itaji tree (biological name: Castanopsis sieboldii) blown over by the strong winds of Typhoons No.2 and No.5 in Nishime-dake, Kunigami Village.
This situation was confirmed by 48 year-old Yutaka Toguchi,...

JASDF F-15 crashes into sea 140 km off the coast of Ie-jima

JASDF F-15 crashes into sea 140 km off the coast of Ie-jima

July 5, 2011 compiled from reports of Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the Naha base of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, at 10:29am on July 5, an F-15 fighter aircraft based in Naha went missing at a point north of Kume-jima, about 180 kilometers...

Disgraceful absurdity
Now is the time to appeal to the international community

July 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

When talking about the relocation plan that has U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (USMCAS) Futenma moving to Henoko in Nago – something agreed to by both the governments of United States and Japan – Governor of Okinawa Hirokazu Nakaima stated, “I think that...

Okinawan “treasures” put on the Internet

Okinawan “treasures” put on the Internet

July 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In order to make “treasures” of Okinawa more widely known to the public, the Okinawa Prefectural Library has digitalized 610 valuable works from the past such as ancient maps, documents and pictorial diagrams, all of which the library owns, and has started to...

Minister of Defense refuses to meet Nago Mayor

July 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa has refused to meet Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, who wanted to meet Kitazawa to inform him that he would call for both the U.S. and Japanese governments to reverse the decision to relocate the facilities currently located at U.S. Marine...

Enagic USA donates 120000 500 ml bottles of water to victims of the Japan Earthquake.

Enagic USA donates 120000 500 ml bottles of water to victims of the Japan Earthquake.

July 4, 2011 Sadao Tome correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Enagic USA, Inc. (President & CEO Hironari Oshiro with its U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles) recently sent bottled water to the areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Since the earthquake and tsunami, the company has collected...

OPG will establish a research office in the United States on U.S. military affairs next April

July 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 1, the first day of the regular meeting of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (Chairman Zenshin Takamine), referring to the new Security Research Organization, Governor Hirokazu Nakaima stated, “It will commence no later than next April, but its research activities...