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Okinawa Governor separates approval of Henoko landfill from central government’s policy to promote Okinawan economy

December 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 8, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima talked about the plan to move the Futenma base to Henoko in Nago and the Japanese government’s policies to promote the Okinawan economy. He said, “These are completely separate issues.”

Nakaima will decide beyond the end of December whether or not to approve the application documents to reclaim land off Henoko. During that same period, the Japanese government will propose its budget...

 

Okinawa experiences cold weather, 11.6 C recorded in Oku

Okinawa experiences cold weather, 11.6 C recorded in Oku

November 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 28, the islands of Japan experienced a typical winter atmospheric pressure pattern in which high pressure lies to the west and low pressure to the east. This brought cold weather to the Okinawa region. At 8:16 a.m. that day the temperature went down...

Last alumni reunion of Japanese elementary school in the Philippines

Last alumni reunion of Japanese elementary school in the Philippines

November 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Calinan Elementary School for the children of Japanese immigrants in the Philippines brought an end to 41 years of reunions on November 22. Until it was closed because of the war the school was located in the Davao region of Mindanao in the southern Philippines,...

About 20,000 people finish the 29th Naha Marathon

About 20,000 people finish the 29th Naha Marathon

December 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha City Government and other organizations held the 29th Naha Marathon on December 1. The participants started in front of Meijibashi intersection on National Route 58 in Naha and ran 42.195 kilometers through the southern part of Okinawa. They finished...

Yonaguni horse rescued from stranded cargo ship after 11 days

Yonaguni horse rescued from stranded cargo ship after 11 days

November 23, 2013 Rie Higashihama Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A one-and-a-half year-old Yonaguni horse was rescued safely from a freighter stranded on a reef near the northeastern part of Yonaguni Island in the afternoon of November 20. The horse had survived without eating or drinking...

Uma-harashi horse racing held in Okinawa Zoo & Museum

<em>Uma-harashi</em> horse racing held in Okinawa Zoo & Museum

December 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan traditional horse racing, known locally as uma-harashi, was held at the Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni, Zoo & Museum in Okinawa City on December 1. Participants competed on the beauty of their running style and the accuracy of their rhythm. A total...

OCVB calls for improvement in translation and WiFi services in Okinawa

OCVB calls for improvement in translation and WiFi services in Okinawa

November 27, 2013 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) has called upon Okinawa companies to improve their translated materials and public wireless network (WiFi). The bureau aims to enhance the level of hospitality provided for foreign tourists. As of...

Shipping of Japanese tiger prawns starts in Okinawa

Shipping of Japanese tiger prawns starts in Okinawa

November 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The shipping of Japanese tiger prawns has begun in Okinawa before entering the month of December. Prawns are popular as year-end gifts.

Staff at the Ginoza Prawn Farm were busy on November 28 picking and boxing the prawns caught in the local outdoor aquafarm....

Nago Mayor asks Okinawa governor to reject Henoko landfill

November 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 27, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine submitted his written statement of opinion to Deputy Governor Yoshihisa Kawakami on the Henoko landfill application received from the Defense Ministry. The mayor opposes the landfill and has asked Okinawa Governor Hirokazu...

Okinawa governor asks new U.S. ambassador to reduce base burden on Okinawa

Okinawa governor asks new U.S. ambassador to reduce base burden on Okinawa

November 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima met U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy for the first time on November 29 in Tokyo. The governor asked the U.S. Ambassador to resolve the Okinawa base issue, saying, “People feel that there is an undue burden of bases...

U.S. government to provide compensation payment to taxi driver robbed and injured by military servicemen

November 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two U.S. military servicemen received prison sentences for robbing and injuring a taxi driver in Okinawa City in 2006. The U.S. government did not provide compensation to the victim for over four years. At first, they said that could not pay the victim if he...