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In Tokashiki, dragonflies and winter birds announce the arrival of autumn

In Tokashiki, dragonflies and winter birds announce the arrival of autumn

September 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideaki Yoneda

Countless dragonflies and winter birds in search of food have appeared in the mountains and paddy fields of Tokashiki Island, announcing the arrival of fall after the tropical storm Haishen hit the region.

Dozens of winter birds like the Black-winged stilt (H. himantopus), nicknamed the “waterside ballerina” for the way it wades in water for food, and other birds of the sandpiper family have been observed in the paddy fields...

 

Okinawa Association of Corporate Executives releases “Shuri Castle Badge” for sale, saying they, “want to build momentum for reconstruction”

Okinawa Association of Corporate Executives releases “Shuri Castle Badge” for sale, saying they, “want to build momentum for reconstruction”

October 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Association of Corporate Executives (OACE) have created a “Shuri Castle Badge” in an effort to aid the reconstruction of Shuri Castle, which burned down in October of last year, and the badge is now available to purchase. The badge depicts...

Readers respond to AMICUS student’s Okinawa Memorial Day poem

Readers respond to AMICUS student’s Okinawa Memorial Day poem

September 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hironori Sunakawa

 

“We use a special key to open the door to peace.” So begins the poem The Door to Peace, written by Maharo Kitakado, 10, a fifth-grade student at AMICUS International School in Uruma...

ODB-released 2019 map shows that U.S. military aircraft flights differed from stipulated air routes

ODB-released 2019 map shows that U.S. military aircraft flights differed from stipulated air routes

September 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Concerning the investigation in which the flight paths of U.S. military aircraft that took off from and landed at Futenma Air Station were recorded, on September 9 in the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) newsroom, the ODB released a 2019 month-by-month map of the...

Space travel from Shimojishima Airport: PD AeroSpace preparing a hub for 2025 signs agreement with Okinawa Prefecture

Space travel from Shimojishima Airport: PD AeroSpace preparing a hub for 2025 signs agreement with Okinawa Prefecture

September 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

PD AeroSpace is an Aichi-based company working in spacecraft development. On September 10, this company signed a letter of intent with Okinawa Prefecture to develop spaceport capabilities at Shimojishima Airport in Miyakojima, which has a 3000-meter...

“I have no words,” says Governor Tamaki of revelation that barbecue was cause of PFOS leak from U.S. base

“I have no words,” says Governor Tamaki of revelation that barbecue was cause of PFOS leak from U.S. base

September 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 7, Okinawa’s Governor Denny Tamaki spoke critically with regard to the revelation that a barbecue held by U.S. soldiers was the cause of the fluorocarbon (PFAS)-containing firefighting foam leak from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma...

Okinawan coronavirus strain that was prevalent in mid-July determined to be genetically similar to strain in Tokyo, but Okinawa Prefecture says the analysis “Does not provide a complete picture”

Okinawan coronavirus strain that was prevalent in mid-July determined to be genetically similar to strain in Tokyo, but Okinawa Prefecture says the analysis “Does not provide a complete picture”

September 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The strain of coronavirus that spread through Okinawa’s main island in mid-July was discovered to be similar to what was being found in Tokyo. After making a request to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Okinawa Prefecture analyzed the virus’...

Footage of new military base construction captured at Henoko ahead of drone restrictions

Footage of new military base construction captured at Henoko ahead of drone restrictions

September 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 3 and 4, ahead of regulations to restrict news reporting by drones over some of the U.S. military bases in Okinawa, Ryukyu Shimpo journalists captured aerial footage of Camp Hansen and the Camp Schwab coast, where the new Henoko base is under construction....

The “Hajichi” photo exhibit in Tokyo memorializes forgotten traditional custom of tattooing among women in Okinawa

The “Hajichi” photo exhibit in Tokyo memorializes forgotten traditional custom of tattooing among women in Okinawa

September 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Tokyo – Former Ryukyu Shimpo photographer Hiroaki Yamashiro’s photography collection “Ryukyu Memory – Hajichi” which captures images of the hand tattoos, is on exhibit in Tokyo at Nobunkyo – Nobunsho Center (an agriculture specialty...

Naha Nishi High School swim team gives back with blood donation during temporary school closure

Naha Nishi High School swim team gives back with blood donation during temporary school closure

September 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 21, second-year students of the Okinawa Prefectural Naha Nishi High School swim team donated blood at the Kumoji blood donation room in Kumoji, Naha City. While the novel coronavirus pandemic has kept her school from re-opening, Nirai Tamaki, 17, student...

Spectators and performers alike feel uplifted by Michi Junei, performed despite coronavirus

Spectators and performers alike feel uplifted by Michi Junei, performed despite coronavirus

September 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 2, Ukui, the final day of the Obon festival, the Okinawa City Kubota Youth Association performed the Eisa dance Michi Junei as a tribute to ancestors in the afterlife. Up through last year the Youth Association included a total...