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The full text of the Henoko environmental impact report revealed

The full text of the Henoko environmental impact report revealed

January 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 7, the full text of the written evaluation of the environmental impact of the reclamation of the coastal area of Henoko in Nago, which the Okinawa Defense Bureau has submitted to Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), was revealed. With regard to the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to the Futenma Replacement Facility, something which is mentioned for the first time, the environmental impact report estimates...

 

Narcissus flowers in full bloom in Ie Island

Narcissus flowers in full bloom in Ie Island

January 8, 2012 Yukito Kinjo correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Narcissus flowers are in bloom and brighten up the day of the villagers in 64 year-old Toshikazu Uchima’s Narcissus Gardens in Ie Island.

The gardens are located near Iejima Airport in Nishieue Ie Village, by the natural source...

Illuminated character of the Dragon set up by members of the 20th graduating class of Henza Junior High School shines brightly on the island

Illuminated character of the Dragon set up by members of the 20th graduating class of Henza Junior High School shines brightly on the island

January 7, 2011 Tsubaki Mekaru of the Ryukyu Shimpo

At two separate locations in Henza Island, to commemorate the zodiac sign of the old Chinese calendar, and the year in which they turn 60 years of age, about 20 volunteers of the 20th graduating class of Henza Junior High School of Yonagusuku...

Mika Miyazato aims to be “the Best in the World”

Mika Miyazato aims to be “the Best in the World”

January 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5 at a press conference in Tokyo, female professional golfer Mika Miyazato announced her new contract with a sportswear manufacture DESCENTE and shared her New Year’s resolution for 2012. Miyazato stated that she would fly to the United States that...

Okinawa Governor to reject the reclamation of the coastal area of Henoko

Okinawa Governor to reject the reclamation of the coastal area of Henoko

December 28, 2011 Compiled from reports in the Ryukyu Shimpo

In a New Year’s interview on December 27, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima indicated that he will reject the application to reclaim the coastal area of Henoko in Nago that has been decided upon as the site for relocation of...

New Year’s ceremony held at Shuri Castle

New Year's ceremony held at Shuri Castle

January 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 1 to 3, an event called Shinshun no Utage or New Year’s Banquet was held at Shuri Castle in Naha. The Chouhaiokishiki or Imperial Court New Year’s morning ceremony, which used to take place at Shuri Castle on New Year’s...

Less than 50 percent say that they can speak the Okinawan dialect
Ryukyu Shimpo conducts an attitude survey

Less than 50 percent say that they can speak the Okinawan dialect<br/>Ryukyu Shimpo conducts an attitude survey

January 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo conducted an attitude survey in November 2011 in order to gain an insight into the character of Okinawan people and to detect trends in society. This is the third of its kind after those carried out in 2001 and 2006. The percentage who answered,...

Seahorses swim gracefully at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Seahorses swim gracefully at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

January 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

As it does every year, to celebrate the Year of the Dragon the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu organized a special display of creatures. Visitors enjoyed watching sea horses and other creatures named after dragons as they swam gracefully in their tanks.

The...

Dragon-shaped pottery to bring luck

Dragon-shaped pottery to bring luck

December 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

As the year wound down, workers at Toushingama in Yomitan Village were busy making items of pottery in the shape of a dragon, next year’s Chinese zodiac animal.

“Just as the dragon rises up, I really do hope that next year will be a good year for...

Okinawan Products Association to sell in China

December 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawan Products Associate co. Ltd will test markets for Okinawan products in next March at two different places of Shanghai and Shenzhen in China. This is part of the Project for the Market-Enhancing Strategy of Okinawan Products into China and will be...

Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

December 29, 2011 Yoshikazu Miyazato correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of December 28, the first five humpback whales of this season were confirmed as being seen in the sea to the west side of Zamami Island. They are usually first seen in the middle of December, but this year sightings...