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Okinawa’s Hateruma nishihama beach ranks first among Japanese beaches on Tripadvisor

Okinawa's Hateruma nishihama beach ranks first among Japanese beaches on Tripadvisor

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The world’s largest travel information site, Tripadvisor, announced Japan’s best ten beaches on February 23. The Nishihama beach in Hateruma Island, which came second last year, got the top ranking this year. Eight beaches in Okinawa were chosen in the ranking. Yonahamaehama beach in Miyako Island was chosen as the second, and Kozamami beach in Zamami Island was the third best beach.

The Nishihama beach has been in the top ten since 2014....

 

Pipe organ at church in Chatan revives its timbre

Pipe organ at church in Chatan revives its timbre

February 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In January, a pipe organ in Chatan All Soul’s Church in Yoshihara was overhauled for the first time since its installation. Thousands of parts such as bellows using sheepskin and reeds were all fixed. Organist Nobuko Itosu, who held a recital on the 26th using...

Governor Onaga warns Foreign Minister pushing through Henoko base will create trouble in the future

Governor Onaga warns Foreign Minister pushing through Henoko base will create trouble in the future

February 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with Governor Takeshi Onaga on the morning of February 26 at the prefectural government office.

The governor submitted to the foreign minister a request containing 10 items, including seeking relocation of the U.S. Futenma...

In third Kadena noise lawsuit, demand for flight injunction dismissed but 30.2 billion ordered in damages

In third Kadena noise lawsuit, demand for flight injunction dismissed but 30.2 billion ordered in damages

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
In the third Kadena noise lawsuit, in which 22,048 residents living near U.S. Kadena Air Station demanded an injunction against nighttime and early morning flights by U.S. military aircraft and damages for past and future harm they have incurred, the Okinawa branch...

1.5 trillion-yen benefit expected from return of Kadena

February 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 22, Professor Masaki Tomochi from the Department of Economics at Okinawa International University presented his trial calculations regarding the economic benefit to Okinawa if the U.S. military’s Kadena Air Base is returned. According to his calculations,...

US military ignores local residents’ objections to parachute drop training in Uruma

US military ignores local residents’ objections to parachute drop training in Uruma

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 23 a little after 11:30 a.m., the U.S. Air Force conducted parachute drop training over the water at the Tsuken Island Training Area in Uruma City. The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) notified residents of Uruma City the day prior that there might be...

Cat Day in Okinawa

Cat Day in Okinawa

February 22, 2017 Yoko Tabuki of Ryukyu Shimpo

February 22 is “Cat Day” in Japan. Naha City is home to “Community cats,” which are fed in Machiguwa or local shopping areas and streets. The city government plans to implement Trap Neuter Release/Return (TNR) of stray cats...

Don’t destroy the beautiful Henoko sea : 450 people protest against construction of new US base both on sea and land

Don’t destroy the beautiful Henoko sea : 450 people protest against construction of new US base both on sea and land

February 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of February 18, in Oura Bay, Nago, citizens protesting against new base construction associated with relocation of the U.S. Futenma airfield in Ginowan to Henoko, held a parade on the water using 10 ships and 22 canoes.

The parade on Oura...

Government starts building concrete plant at Henoko, Okinawa concerned it will be used for land reclamation

Government starts building concrete plant at Henoko, Okinawa concerned it will be used for land reclamation

February 18, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 17, it was discovered that the Okinawa Defense Bureau has begun construction of a ready-mix concrete plant (concrete manufacturing machinery) as part of construction it is doing on land at U.S. Camp Schwab of related facilities in conjunction with...

Irish national Frazer and Akita resident Suzuki win 25th Okinawa Marathon

Irish national Frazer and Akita resident Suzuki win 25th Okinawa Marathon

February 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On February 19 in the morning 35-year-old Irish national Thomas Frazer, who currently lives in Uruma City, won the men’s division of the full marathon with a time of 2 hours 27 minutes and 9 seconds. Thirty-two-year-old Eri Suzuki from Akita...

New Species Discovered in Oura Bay and Kin Bay, but Habitat in Danger from Base Construction

Febraury 21, 2017 (Original article July 23, 2016) by Ryukyu Shimpo

Assistant Professor Takuma Fujii from the Amami Station in Kagoshima University’s Research Center for the Pacific Islands and Associate Professor James Davis Reimer from the Ryukyu University’s Graduate School of Engineering...