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Jasmine and Tiger’s claw – Aroma of Early Summer in Okinawa

May 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Various flowers such as Vaccinium wrightii A. Gray, tiger’s claw, Chinese wood oil tree, and more are blossoming out in the northern part of Okinawa Island, signaling the coming of summer. Some of the flowers are fragrant, and the flowers will be spectacular with vivid colors and a bright aroma.

Chinese wood oil trees from Taiwan are blooming white flowers in Hana park, Higashi village. Purple Melastome and Jasmine are blooming until the end of May.

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Honolulu city mayor confirms participation in 6th World Uchinanchu Festival

Honolulu city mayor confirms participation in 6th World Uchinanchu Festival

May 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hisao Tome, Honolulu

At 11:00 a.m. on May 10, a caravan led by Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga visited Honolulu city government to promote the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival. Onaga invited Mayor Kirk Caldwell to attend the festival. The festival will be held...

Japanese government to stop subsidies for air conditioning at 108 Okinawan schools

May 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Nakamura

The Japanese government has announced that from 2016 onward it will end a portion of subsidies for air-conditioning maintenance in schools near U.S. military bases. The air-conditioning maintenance is part of a soundproofing program that the...

Governor Takeshi Onaga and Governor David Ige encourage Okinawa-Hawaii cultural exchange

Governor Takeshi Onaga and Governor David Ige encourage Okinawa-Hawaii cultural exchange

May 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hisao Tome in Honolulu, Hawaii

An Okinawan team promoting the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival scheduled for October, headed by Governor Takeshi Onaga, is traveling to two countries and four cities in North America to encourage attendance for the festival....

LGBT rights advocates share their experiences: “Just be yourself”

LGBT rights advocates share their experiences: “Just be yourself”

May 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 29 at Go-ma House in Nakasonecho, Okinawa City, an “Attractive Town Seminar” was held at the Multicultural Living Cafe@LGBT to get people to think about the diversity of gender and sexuality. Ramu-chan, Ma-chan, and Ran-chan, who work as radio personalities...

Korean Air Lines starts flight between Naha and Seoul

Korean Air Lines starts flight between Naha and Seoul

May 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Korean Air Lines, the largest airline in South Korea, began regular flights between Naha and Seoul on May 5. This is the first time the airline has operated regular flights to Okinawa on the Seoul-Naha route. On the first flight from Seoul’s Incheon International...

International students of Okinawan descent want to expand network of Okinawa

International students of Okinawan descent want to expand network of Okinawa

April 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fourteen international students who are currently studying in Okinawa under a project for international students of Okinawan descent, visited Vice Governor Mitsuo Ageda at the Okinawa Prefecture Office. They stated their goals for this year. Four students from the...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama encourages sit-in protesters in front of Camp Schwab

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama encourages sit-in protesters in front of Camp Schwab

May 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of May 7, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama visited the sit-in-protest site in front of the gate of Camp Schwab at Henoko in Nago. He encouraged citizens staging a protest against the construction of a new U.S. base, which is part of plans to relocate...

Naha wins Naha Dragon Boat Festival’s official race for first time in three years

Naha wins Naha Dragon Boat Festival’s official race for first time in three years

May 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 5, the last day of the 42nd Naha Dragon Boat Festival, Naha’s team won the official race for the first time in three years. Many spectators gathered at the festival and cheered for the racers.

Teams from Tomari, Kume and Naha competed in the official...

Genichiro Takahashi emphasizes importance of Okinawan view of the constitution

Genichiro Takahashi emphasizes importance of Okinawan view of the constitution

May 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 3, at the Naha Civic Hall, the Okinawa Constitution Promotion Council, the Okinawa Human Rights Association, and the Okinawa branch of the Japan Scientists’ Association jointly held the 2016 Constitution Lecture Event in honor of Japan’s Constitution Day....

Okinawa Defense Bureau begins float removal around Henoko

Okinawa Defense Bureau begins float removal around Henoko

May 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 7:20 a.m. on April 30, the Okinawa Defense Bureau began the process of removing the floats and oil fence that had been put up to demarcate the off-limits zone in the bay off the coast of Henoko. The off-limits zone was established to facilitate the construction...