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U.S. government does not mention stopping operations at Futenma within five years

January 31, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Susumu Matayoshi, the head of the Executive Office of the Governor, met Marc Knapper, director of the Office of Japanese Affairs and Andrew Winternitz, the Pentagon director for Japan policies at the Department of Defense on January 30.
Matayoshi explained to them about the four policies to reduce Okinawa’s burden of bases that the prefectural government had asked the Japanese government to carry...

 

Opposition leader Itokazu visits the U.S. to request cancellation of Henoko landfill

Opposition leader Itokazu visits the U.S. to request cancellation of Henoko landfill

January 31, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On January 29, Keiko Itokazu, a member of the Upper House and a leader among the anti-U.S. base movement, and Naha City councilors held a news conference in Washington D.C. They spoke about their direct appeal...

Big blue marlin caught off the coast of Kumejima

Big blue marlin caught off the coast of Kumejima

January 31, 2014 Yoko Morinaga, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 30, the day before the New Year of the old calendar, a big blue marlin or kurokawakajiki, 4 meters long and weighing 333 kilograms was caught on Kumejima Island. Captain Kunio Nakamichi, 63, a member of the Kumejima Fishery...

Seaweed Food Fair held in Onna Village

Seaweed Food Fair held in Onna Village

January 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Onna Village is the birthplace of cultivating seaweeds such as sea grapes, mozuku and sea lettuces. In the village, the Seaweed Food Fair started on January 29. Twenty-three restaurants took part. The event continues until April 30.

According to the Village...

Scholars and journalists issue statement: Japan and the United States should abandon building a new US base in Henoko

Scholars and journalists issue statement: Japan and the United States should abandon building a new US base in Henoko

January 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 27, 65 scholars and journalists in Okinawa and other prefectures issued an emergency statement asking the governments of Japan and the United States to abandon their plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Ginowan to Henoko in Nago,...

6,410,000 tourists visit Okinawa in 2013 – a new annual record

January 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 20, the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced the number of tourists who visited Okinawa from January to December 2013. The number was 6,413,700, a new annual record. This represents a 9.9 percent increase over the previous year. It exceeded the...

Ryukyuan ritual Momosoomonomairi reenacted in Shuri Castle Park

Ryukyuan ritual <em>Momosoomonomairi</em> reenacted in Shuri Castle Park

January 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, the Okinawa Churashima Foundation recreated the Momosoomonomairi, one of the traditional rituals that used to be carried out at Shuri Castle during the Ryukyu Kingdom period.

The foundation commemorated the restoration of four buildings...

Arsa seaweed harvest starts on Ojima

Arsa seaweed harvest starts on Ojima

January 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The arsa or hitoegusa (Monostroma nitidum Wittrock) seaweed harvest has started at Ojima, Nanjo City. Shigemasa Oshiro, 59, who visited a beach on the island, said, “This year’s cold and sunny weather helps arsa grow very well.”

The seaweed, which...

Yonabaru Town Culture Association forms Shimakutuba drama group “ObaQ”

Yonabaru Town Culture Association forms Shimakutuba drama group

January 24, 2014 Koei Chibana, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Yonabaru Town Culture Association Children Culture Club has been working to promote familiarization of Shimakutuba, the endangered Okinawan language to children. The organization formed a Shimakutuba drama group “Yonabaru ObaQ.”...

Okinawa traditional arts event attracts 11,000 people

Okinawa traditional arts event attracts 11,000 people

January 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An event introducing Okinawan traditional arts started at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan on January 25. The organizer has held the event for 31 consecutive years in Okinawa. The four-day event has attracted about 11,000 people by January 26.

The...

Two whales swim raising a spray of water off Kunigami

Two whales swim raising a spray of water off Kunigami

January 22, 2014 Katsuyoshi Oshiro, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of January 11, two humpback whales swam 200 meters off the coast of the Ginama district of Kunigami Village. They moved slowly, occasionally shooting up a spray of water and slamming their tail fins into the surface.

In...