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Citizens protesting construction in Henoko say “Stop wasting tax money”

Citizens protesting construction in Henoko say “Stop wasting tax money”

October 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On October 24, citizens opposing construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago City gathered at Ryukyu Cement Co. pier in Awa and shouted things like: “Don’t destroy democracy” and “Stop wasting tax money.”

It was the third day of “Stop Henoko – 5 successive days of activism” which started on October 21. According to citizens, until 10:30 a.m. at most 150 people gathered...

 

Oura Bay brown from red clay soil outflow possibly caused by heavy rains

Oura Bay brown from red clay soil outflow possibly caused by heavy rains

October 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 17, it was confirmed that the sea surface around Oura Bay, where construction work for the new military base in Henoko, Nago, Okinawa in conjunction with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is underway, was muddied by red clay soil....

A loquacious crustacean? How the coconut crab produces sound

A loquacious crustacean? How the coconut crab produces sound

October 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

OKINAWA ISLAND—Is the coconut crab chatty?

On October 18, researchers of the Okinawa Churashima Foundation (Motobu); the National Research and Development Agency, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (Kanagawa prefecture); and the Conservation...

“I told them the facts on the ground.” Governor Denny Tamaki stresses results in his return to Okinawa after visiting the U.S.

“I told them the facts on the ground.” Governor Denny Tamaki stresses results in his return to Okinawa after visiting the U.S.

October 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki returned to Okinawa October 20 from a trip to the United States, where he was requesting a halt to the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko in Nago.

In a statement given on the day of arrival, Tamaki reported that his meetings...

MASA MAGIC wins international magic competition for second time

MASA MAGIC wins international magic competition for second time

October 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan magician MASA MAGIC took first place in the Strolling Magic Showdown, an event in which magicians from around the globe compete in Los Angeles. This is the second win for MASA MAGIC, who won the competition for the first time in June of last year.

The...

Okinawa found to be 4th lowest rank prefecture in Japan in terms of degree of independence

Okinawa found to be 4th lowest rank prefecture in Japan in terms of degree of independence

October 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 17 it came to light through an investigation by Emeritus Professor Hajime Oshiro of the University of the Ryukyus that the regional economic circulation ratio within Okinawa Prefecture is 78.8 percent, which demonstrates that the degree of independence...

Orix Buffaloes select Konan High School’s Hiroya Miyagi with their first pick in the draft; “I want to return the favor [of support] to my hometown.”

Orix Buffaloes select Konan High School’s Hiroya Miyagi with their first pick in the draft; “I want to return the favor [of support] to my hometown.”

October 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

The Nippon Professional Baseball New Player Selection Conference (the draft) was held in Tokyo on October 17, and the Orix Buffaloes selected Konan High School pitcher Hiroya Miyagi with their first pick.

Miyagi was selected to represent...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly requests revisions to Status of Forces Agreement

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly requests revisions to Status of Forces Agreement

October 16, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held September’s final session. The assembly unanimously agreed on a memorandum requesting drastic revisions to the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement. This was in response to a U.S. Marine Corps vertical take-off...

With an eye towards the future, the Asian Women Social Entrepreneur Network hosts a summit in Naha

With an eye towards the future, the Asian Women Social Entrepreneur Network hosts a summit in Naha

October 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Asian Women Social Entrepreneur Network (AWSEN) Summit kicked off at the Okinawa Prefectural Library in Naha October 12. The theme of the summit was, “Things we can do to leave no one behind – the first step towards realizing SDGs (Sustainable Development...

Henoko Environmental Oversight Committee specialist says Okinawa dugong is “highly likely extinct”; large-scale survey needed

Henoko Environmental Oversight Committee specialist says Okinawa dugong is “highly likely extinct”; large-scale survey needed

October 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo learned that at a meeting of the Environmental Oversight Committee held by the Okinawa Defense Bureau in September regarding the construction of a new military base in Henoko, Nago, one of the committee members stated that the dugongs that have...

Rope breaks for the first time at annual Great Tug-of-War

Rope breaks for the first time at annual Great Tug-of-War

October 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 49th annual Naha Giant Tug-of-War took place on October 13, at the Kumoji intersection on Route 58. The event, organized by the Office of the Conservation Society of the Naha Giant Tug-of-War, attracted about 270,000 locals, Japanese tourists, and visitors...