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Bridled tern flying from Iran found in Nago

October 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Yamashina Institute for Ornithology in Chiba Prefecture announced that a seabird found at the Kanucha Golf Course in Abu, Nago City was a Bridled Tern that had flown from Nakhiloo Island in Iran. The bird was found in October last year and died after it was taken into care. The island is located 7, 450km from Nago City. This is the first time a wild bird has been confirmed to have moved between Iran and Japan, according to the institute.

The Bridled...

 

Kanehide Group Chairman energizes Henoko protesters

Kanehide Group Chairman energizes Henoko protesters

October 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In front of the gate at Camp Schwab in Nago, citizens continue to stage a sit-in-protest against the construction of an alternative base for U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, which the Japanese and US governments want to relocate to Oura Bay, off the coast...

Taketomi Town to create “Iriomote Wild Cat Day”

September 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taketomi Town Office will mark ‘Iriomote Yamaneko no Hi’ (Iriomote Wild Cat Day) on April 15 of every year. This year was the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Iriomote Wild Cat, a special national treasure. The wild cat can only be found...

Disaster Relief Act applied to Yonaguni, where damages of more than 100 million yen caused by Typhoon Dujuan

Disaster Relief Act applied to Yonaguni, where damages of more than 100 million yen caused by Typhoon Dujuan

October 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 30, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) decided that it would apply the Disaster Relief Act to Yonaguni Island, where more than 300 houses were damaged by Typhoon No.21 or Super Typhoon Dujuan.

The typhoon registered a maximum instantaneous...

Terashima claims Okinawa as hub for harmonized Asia rather than military

Terashima claims Okinawa as hub for harmonized Asia rather than military

September 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

President of the Japan Research Institute, Jitsuro Terashima, gave a talk titled “Summer 70-Years After the War, Strategic Perspective on Okinawa: beyond Security Legislation” on September 9 at Palette Civic Theater in Naha City.
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Team Wakat-da wins gold award at 2015 World Eisa Competition

Team Wakat-da wins gold award at 2015 World Eisa Competition

September 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 2015 World Eisa Competition sponsored by Urasoe City held its main event, the original eisa contest, on September 22 at National Theatre Okinawa in Urasoe City. Tijinshu Wakat-da from Urasoe City won the group’s grand first prize. CHURASA from Itoman...

ACSILs holds forum on Ryukyu independence in New York

ACSILs holds forum on Ryukyu independence in New York

September 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington DC

On September 27, the Association of Comprehensive Studies for Independence of the Lew Chewans (ACSILs), an organization engaged in interdisciplinary research aiming to achieve Ryukyuan independence from Japan, held a...

Shuri Castle Festival: Iraha elected for role of new King, Ikeda as queen.

Shuri Castle Festival: Iraha elected for role of new King, Ikeda as queen.

September 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A contest to select the king and queen for the Shuri Castle Festival 2015 was held at a hotel in Naha. The Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park hosts this event annually.

Thirty-four-year-old Takahito Iraha was elected as the new king and twenty-one-year-old...

Dogs learn from owner to take garbage out

Dogs learn from owner to take garbage out

September 9, 2015 Mifuyu Hattori Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroshi Miyazato, the head of Ura district in Kunigami, has two dogs, 7-year-old Butch and three-year-old Charo. They are always with their owner Miyazato and his wife, and love to help their owners with work on the farm.

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Asia strategy committee submits initiative proposal, puts forth ideas for use of base land

Asia strategy committee submits initiative proposal, puts forth ideas for use of base land

September 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17, Chairman Moritake Tomikawa of the Okinawa East Asia Economic Strategy Initiative Development Committee, one of the main pillars of Governor Takeshi Onaga’s economic policy, presented the governor with a report detailing initiatives including...

Okinawa’s higher education institutions do not apply for MOD national security research funds

September 24, 2015 Tomoki Yasutomi of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense has announced its intention to grant research funds (with an annual maximum of 30,000,000 yen) as part of a system toward investigating the practicality of applying military technology to counter small drone and cyber...