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October 2017 U.S. helicopter accident site’s soil contains toxic substances including benzene

October 2017 U.S. helicopter accident site’s soil contains toxic substances including benzene

 

January 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ayako Sakaguchi

 

It came to Ryukyu Shimpo’s attention on January 21 that toxic substances such as the carcinogen benzene are present on the site where a CH-53E U.S. military helicopter went up in flames and came to the ground in Takae, Higashi Village in October last year.

On January 11, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) explained this to the owner of the land upon which the incident occurred, 64-year-old Akira...

 

Ishiagaki residents’ rally of 400 says fervent “NO” to GSDF deployment on Ishigaki Island

January 19, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 18 the residents’ liaison association to oppose militarization of Ishigaki held a citizens’ rally at Ishigaki Citizen Hall to ask that the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) not be deployed to Ishigaki Island.

According to the organizers...

Futenma elementary school’s yearly evacuation drill assumes a U.S. military aircraft crash

Futenma elementary school’s yearly evacuation drill assumes a U.S. military aircraft crash

 

January 19, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 18, the Futenma Daini Elementary School conducted an evacuation drill assuming a situation in which a U.S. military aircraft approaches the airspace over the school.

With evaluators stationed by the Okinawa Defense...

Okinawa export increase anticipated through new sea route connecting Naha and Ho Chi Minh

Okinawa export increase anticipated through new sea route connecting Naha and Ho Chi Minh

January 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shanghai Hai Hua Shipping Company (HASCO), a Chinese maritime transport company, has begun operating international container ships on a route between Naha Port and Ho Chi Minh Port in Vietnam through Keelung Port in Taiwan. On January 18 the first ship to take...

OMSB and OCVB join together to start dive shop excellence certification system in April

OMSB and OCVB join together to start dive shop excellence certification system in April

January 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Marine Leisure Safety Bureau (OMSB) will institute its system to certify the excellence of diving companies and guides on April 1. On January 11, OMSB signed a comprehensive business alliance with the Okinawa Tourism Convention Bureau (OCVB) to launch...

Okinawa-related movies ranked in top 10 of Kinema Junpo’s movie ranking

Okinawa-related movies ranked in top 10 of Kinema Junpo’s movie ranking

January 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 91st Kinema Jumpo top ten ranking for movies released in 2017 was announced January 10. “Target Island Kaji kataka,” the movie that deals with issues of military bases and the deployment of self defence forces on neighboring islands such as Miyako and...

Ishigaki Island is rising global tourist hot spot

Ishigaki Island is rising global tourist hot spot

January 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, selected Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, number one on its “2018 Top Destinations on the Rise” list announced January 13.

User reviews highlighted coastal landscape that features “picturesque scenery” that...

After satirizing the Okinawan base issue, comedian Daisuke Muramoto draws attention to it, saying, “There is something to Okinawa’s actions”, and “It’s the same Japan”

After satirizing the Okinawan base issue, comedian Daisuke Muramoto draws attention to it, saying, “There is something to Okinawa’s actions”, and “It’s the same Japan”

 

January 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

After drawing a lot of attention for a comedy routine on “The Manzai 2017,”...

Governor Onaga will keep requesting suspension of all U.S. military flights after consecutive emergency landings

Governor Onaga will keep requesting suspension of all U.S. military flights after consecutive emergency landings

 

January 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the morning of January 9 Governor Takeshi Onaga gave his response to the recent consecutive emergency landings of U.S. Marine Corps helicopters on Ikeijima and in Yomitan Village.

He said, “I am truly at a loss for words....

Forced landing of U.S. military aircraft results in unanimous decision by Uruma City Council

Forced landing of U.S. military aircraft results in unanimous decision by Uruma City Council

 

At 10:00 a.m. on January 11,

 

Uruma City Council President Seizen Ohya held an emergency meeting.

In this meeting, the city council unanimously came to a decision and created a memorandum regarding the forced landing of an U.S. military aircraft that took place...

U.S. think tank researcher Doug Bandow visits Ginowan to see how Okinawans live face to face with U.S. military aircraft trouble

U.S. think tank researcher Doug Bandow visits Ginowan to see how Okinawans live face to face with U.S. military aircraft trouble

 

January 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On...