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Parent and child humpback whales spotted in Oura Bay

Parent and child humpback whales spotted in Oura Bay

March 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On both March 11 and 12, a parent and child humpback whales were spotted swimming in Oura Bay.

Since the pair were not spotted on March 13, it seems that they moved onto the open ocean.

The pair were seen showing their backs above water and breaching, appearing healthy.

Those who caught site of the pair were surprised by the rare siting.

One eyewitness said, “I wasn’t expecting to see whales in Oura Bay.”

 

 

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Onaga interviews Center for Biological Diversity personnel about U.S. dugong lawsuit with DoD

Onaga interviews Center for Biological Diversity personnel about U.S. dugong lawsuit with DoD

 

March 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

 

Governor of Okinawa Takeshi Onaga arrived in San Francisco, California on March 11 (local time).

There, he had an interview with Peter Galvin and Miyoko Sakashita of the Center...

Vice governor protests the government for the fall of F-15 machine part

Vice governor protests the government for the fall of F-15 machine part

 

March 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Regarding the fall of a machine part from an F-15 combat plane from the U.S. Kadena air force base, it was revealed on March 8 that it took six days for the headquarters of the 18th Air Wing to acknowledge the accident after it had occurred.

Chief...

Nine educational institutions release statement against US military flights over schools

Nine educational institutions release statement against US military flights over schools

 

March 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 7 at the Prefectural Office, the heads of nine educational institutions in Okinawa including the president of the University of the Ryukyus Hajime Oshiro held a press conference and released a joint statement requesting that Prime...

Okinawa Defense Bureau releases report expressing doubt over Henoko construction site being over active fault line and on weak ground

Okinawa Defense Bureau releases report expressing doubt over Henoko construction site being over active fault line and on weak ground

 

March 7, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ikue Nakaima

 

A report by the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) obtained March 6, detailing the results of a geological survey conducted on the undersea portion of the area designated for new base construction in Henoko, Nago, clearly...

Awamori Export Project will market Ryukyu awamori as healthy option to Europe and North America

Awamori Export Project will market Ryukyu awamori as healthy option to Europe and North America

 

March 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Japanese government, the Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association, and private companies came together to create the Ryukyu Awamori Overseas Export Project. On March 7 the project held a meeting at the Okinawa General Bureau in Naha...

BPO recognizes rights violation against Ms. Shin

BPO recognizes rights violation against Ms. Shin

 

March 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 8, the Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (BPO) recognized Tokyo Metropolitan Television (Tokyo MX) had violated the rights of Sugo Shin, a representative of “Norikoe-net” (Overcome-net), a protest group...

12,410 runners hit the streets on a clear and sunny day for the Okinawa Marathon

12,410 runners hit the streets on a clear and sunny day for the Okinawa Marathon

 

February 19, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The 26th 2018 Okinawa Marathon was held on February 18, starting at the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park.

The event was hosted by the Local Government Association of Okinawa, The Ryukyu Shimpo Press, Okinawa Television Broadcasting...

Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister Akiba denies making his 2009 statement that proposing nuclear storage site on Okinawa or Guam would be “persuasive,” recorded in U.S. Congressional memo

Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister Akiba denies making his 2009 statement that proposing nuclear storage site on Okinawa or Guam would be “persuasive,” recorded in U.S. Congressional memo

March 6, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

The U.S. Congress established the Congressional Commission on U.S. Strategic Posture, chaired by former Secretary of Defense William Perry. This Commission was tasked with developing the former Obama administration’s...

Editorial: Missile defense unit on Okinawa’s main island is an overreaction that invites danger

February 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The progressing militarization of the Ryukyu Islands is a dangerous plan. It should not even be worth considering.
The Japanese government is currently considering deploying a surface-to-ship missile defense unit on Honto, the main Okinawan island. They...

The western-most cillantro production site Yonaguni attracts fans

The western-most cillantro production site Yonaguni attracts fans

February 28, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Mikako Shimoji

“Kushiti,” cillantro that has been used and enjoyed in dishes on Yonaguni Island in Okinawa is becoming a center of campaign to promote the herb. The Yonaguni town signed an ordinance to mark second Sunday of December as “Kushiti...