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Nago city council asks governments to cancel expanding restricted US-military sea area in Henoko

June 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 25, Nago City Council adopted a written opinion opposing the expansion of the restricted military area into local fishing watersnear the planned relocation site for the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henko, Nago. The city council also resolved to oppose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to reinterpret the Constitution to enable Japan to engage in collective self-defense. These resolutions were passed by a majority vote.

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Okinawan Junior High School students learn about the Constitution of Japan in Uchinaguchi

Okinawan Junior High School students learn about the Constitution of Japan in <em>Uchinaguchi</em>

June 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 13, Chatan Junior High School held a peace education class for third-grade students. Special-guest lecturer Eiko Ginoza from the Half Century Miyamori, a peace organization, gave a speech on the theme of “Learning about Peace.” Seven students...

Movie about Okinawan war photographer screened

Movie about Okinawan war photographer screened

June 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A documentary movie about the life of Okinawan war photographer Bunyo Ishikawa was screened at Sakurazaka Theater in Naha on June 25. Ishikawa delivered an opening speech.

He said, “The movie features my experience in the Vietnam War which was deeply...

Rainy season ends in Okinawa

Rainy season ends in Okinawa

June 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 26, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced the rainy season had ended in Okinawa. The rainy season usually ends around June 23. Last year it ended on June 11. A spokesperson from the observatory said, “The season ended later than usual.”

The...

Participants enjoy barrier-free diving in Okinawa

Participants enjoy barrier-free diving in Okinawa

June 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first barrier-free diving event, a scuba diving event for both able-bodied and disabled people, was held at Odo coast in Itoman on June 8. Eight participants enjoyed an undersea environment.

After listening to underwater diving instructions from the event...

Children save owlet from a crow attack in Ogimi

Children save owlet from a crow attack in Ogimi

June 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 4, 14 pupils from fifth and sixth grade of Kijoka Elementary School in Ogimi saved a baby Ryukyu collared scops owl (Otus lempiji pryeri) from a crow attack and returned the bird to the parent. They were delighted the owlet was returned safely. The pupils...

Toyota Tsusho Corporation plans to start juvenile bluefin tuna farming in Nago

June 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nagoya based Toyota Tsusho Corporation plans to start juvenile bluefin tuna farming within the fishing area for the Haneji Fishery Association in Nago. In order to carry out this project, the company has done technical collaboration with Kinki University, which achieved...

[Editorial]The Supreme Court’s decision on Takae lawsuit is unjustifiable

June 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau filed a lawsuit against local residents who protested against the construction of U.S. military helipads in Takae, Higashi. The helipads are a condition of a partial return of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area. The bureau...

EVA Airways launches flights between Taipei and Naha

EVA Airways launches flights between Taipei and Naha

June 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

EVA Airways, a leading airline based in Taiwan, launched flights between Taipei and Naha for the first time on June 17. It is the fourth company to operate flights on the route, following China Airlines, TransAsia Airways and LCC airline Peach Aviation. EVA Airways...

US Marines take two days to reveal an aircraft part fell from Osprey

June 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 20, the Okinawa Defense Bureau revealed that a part of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma had fallen. It is speculated that the accident occurred between the afternoon and night on June 17. The Okinawa Defense...

High school students in Yambaru learn about military base issues

High school students in Yambaru learn about military base issues

June 19, 2014, Mitsuo Kochi correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 14, a peace project titled “Thinking about the Battle of Okinawa in Yambaru with High School Students” with the themes of the Battle of Okinawa and the U.S. military bases was held. The Nago City School Board sponsors...