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World Natural Heritage Site evaluations in Okinawa

World Natural Heritage Site evaluations in Okinawa

October 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the “northern part of Okinawa island” and Iriomote Island was nominated by the Japanese government for the UNESCO World Natural Heritage status.

Experts from UNESCO’s advisory body, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) began field evaluations in the nominated sites.

The IUCN inspection conducted on October. 7 was open to the press.

The IUCN mission schedule is as follows:...

 

Russian government officials and mayors making advances toward Okinawa

Russian government officials and mayors making advances toward Okinawa

October 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Russian government officials and regional mayors are making advances toward Okinawa in the hope of increasing economic exchange with Okinawa.

In regards to his meeting with Governor Denny Tamaki in Saint Petersburg in June, Sergey Glazyev, who was appointed...

U.S. informs Russia of plans to deploy intermediate-range missiles to Okinawa in the next two years, worrying some that the base burden will increase significantly

U.S. informs Russia of plans to deploy intermediate-range missiles to Okinawa in the next two years, worrying some that the base burden will increase significantly

October 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Tsuyoshi Arakakai

After withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) on August 2, the U.S. announced that it would be deploying a large quantity of intermediate-range ballistic missiles, which were banned under the treaty, to...

Korean exchange students tour Okinawa to improve Japan-Korea relationships

Korean exchange students tour Okinawa to improve Japan-Korea relationships

October 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

“We can become good friends.” A group of 10 Korean college students toured in and outside of Okinawa during their visit to Japan.

The group arrived in Okinawa on September 30 and returned home on October 2.

They visited the Himeyuri Peace Museum...

Community roundtable for island-wide debate on SDGs and inclusivity

Community roundtable for island-wide debate on SDGs and inclusivity

September 29, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Community Roundtable to Promote SDGs”, a platform to allow island-wide discussions on advancing SDGs (United Nations sustainable development goals), was held on September 28 at the Okinawa Prefectural Library in Naha City.
A group of 80 residents...

OIST, Misawa Homes jointly awarded Good Design Award Best 100 for Sustainable Architecture

OIST, Misawa Homes jointly awarded Good Design Award Best 100 for Sustainable Architecture

October 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 2 the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (Tokyo Prefecture) announced the results of the 2019 Good Design Award (1,420 entries selected).

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST, Onna Village) and Misawa Homes...

Okinawa selected as top port of call at cruise forum, winning the award for the second time since 2017

Okinawa selected as top port of call at cruise forum, winning the award for the second time since 2017

September 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “2019 Asia Cruise Forum Jeju,” an annual forum meant to stimulate the Asian cruise market, took place from August 28-30 on Jeju Island, Korea, where Okinawa was selected as the top port of call in Asia. The number of ports, Okinawa’s nature and culture,...

Now operational: Monorail extension into Urasoe adds four new stations

Now operational: Monorail extension into Urasoe adds four new stations

October 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Urban Monorail, also known as Yui Rail, expanded its existing line 4.1km into Urasoe City. Service to the extended line began on September 29. Four new stations service the extended zone: Tedako-Uranishi, Urasoe-Maeda, Kyōzuka and Ishimine, which opened...

U.S. military still using land after its return; 342 unused bullets, field rations waste, and other garbage found on former NTA land

U.S. military still using land after its return; 342 unused bullets, field rations waste, and other garbage found on former NTA land

September 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Kunigami) On September 28, 342 unused U.S. military bullets and a large quantity of field ration packaging and other garbage were discovered near the location of the former LZ-1 helipad on returned land that used to be part of the U.S. military’s Northern...

Seven years after the deployment of MV-22 Ospreys to MCAS Futenma, night flights outside the agreed upon times increasing

Seven years after the deployment of MV-22 Ospreys to MCAS Futenma, night flights outside the agreed upon times increasing

October 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been seven years since the MV-22 vertical-takeoff-and-landing-capable (VTOL) transport aircraft was deployed to MCAS Futenma in Ginowan. As part of measures taken to reduce noise pollution from aircraft (the noise pollution prevention agreement), flights...

Japanese Should Stop Calling DRPK “Kita-Chosen”

Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

This summer, I went to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or in Japanese, Chosen Minshushugi Jinmin Kyowakoku (in short, “Chosen”), with three of my girlfriends.

Western media propagates this country...