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Black-faced Spoonbills enjoy sunbathing at Tomigusuku.

Black-faced Spoonbills enjoy sunbathing at Tomigusuku.

February 15, 2012 Photograph by Hiroaki Yamashiro

A high-pressure zone over the Okinawa region on February 14 brought blue skies and a summer-like day. A temperature of 26.5 degrees was recorded at Hateruma and on the Iriomote Islands, and in Naha it was 25 degrees, the sort of temperatures normally experienced in late April.

In the flood-control basin of Yone, Tomigusuku, ten black-faced spoonbills, an endangered species that had flown in during the winter, rested their wings...

 

Defense Minister denies that Futenma Air Station will become a permanent fixture

Defense Minister denies that Futenma Air Station will become a permanent fixture

February 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of February 18, Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka visited the Second Futenma Elementary School, which is located adjacent to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. In response to principal Harumi Chinen’s request that something be done to remove...

Commander of Camp Kinser apologizes to Urasoe Mayor for soldiers training with firearms in a prohibited area

February 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to U.S. military personnel training with firearms near the Camp Kinser perimeter fence beside Route 58 in Urasoe, Camp Kinser commander, Colonel John E. Kasperski, visited Urasoe Mayor Mitsuo Gima at the Urasoe Municipal Office on February 15. Colonel...

Nine Chinese couples have weddings in Okinawa ― Internet-based advertising of resort weddings

Nine Chinese couples have weddings in Okinawa ― Internet-based advertising of resort weddings

February 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 13, at the ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach Resort in Onna, a wedding ceremony was held for nine Chinese couples invited to take part in a tour planned by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG). The ceremony will be broadcast by the Chinese media,...

Okinawan governor submits opinion on the Futenma relocation plan, calling it “impossible”

Okinawan governor submits opinion on the Futenma relocation plan, calling it “impossible”

February 21, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of February 20, in keeping with the regulations governing the environmental impact assessment report (EIA) submitted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) last December on the plan to construct an alternative...

Students from Dalian on Okinawan culture experience tour

Students from Dalian on Okinawan culture experience tour

February 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 11, at the Naha City Traditional Arts and Crafts Center in Tenbusu, Naha, a total of 16 university students and members of a TV crew from Dalian in Liaoning Province who are visiting Okinawa from February 7 on the Okinawa Culture Experience Ryugaku...

U.S. military personnel seen training with rifles in Camp Kinser close to Route 58

U.S. military personnel seen training with rifles in Camp Kinser close to Route 58

February 14, 2012. Photograph by Yasuhide Matayoshi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

U.S. military personnel were seen training with firearms at around 3:30pm on February 13 at a location near the Camp Kinser perimeter fence beside Route 58 in Nakanishi, Urasoe.

Passersby looking through the fence...

Ryukyu Dynasty banquet reenacted with traditional dragon boats on the Ryutan Pond

Ryukyu Dynasty banquet reenacted with traditional dragon boats on the Ryutan Pond

February 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 12, the funa-asobi banquet of the style of the Ryukyu Dynasty was reenacted at Shuri Castle in Naha. Many people enjoyed listening to court music and dragon boat songs from all over Okinawa while watching boats on Ryutan Pond in Shurijo...

First charter flight from Thailand carries 245 tourists

First charter flight from Thailand carries 245 tourists

February 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 9, the first charter flight of Thai Airways International, the biggest airline company in Thailand, brought 245 Thai tourists from Bangkok to Naha. A welcome ceremony was held at the international terminal and Miss Okinawa presented the tourists with...

Nago Mayor delivers lecture in Washington, D.C. criticizing Japanese government

Nago Mayor delivers lecture in Washington, D.C. criticizing Japanese government

February 9, 2012 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, who visited the United States to appeal to U.S. lawmakers to cancel the plan to relocate the Futenma Air Station to the coastal area of Henoko in Nago, delivered a lecture at East West...

Second-generation Okinawans appeal for continuation of Teachers Dispatch Program to Bolivia ― “We may lose the spirit of Uchina

Second-generation Okinawans appeal for continuation of Teachers Dispatch Program to Bolivia ― “We may lose the spirit of <em>Uchina</em>”

February 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 8, at a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, some second-generation Okinawans (ni-sei) who came to Okinawa from Colonia Okinawa, a settlement for Okinawans in Bolivia, requested that the Teacher Dispatch Program...