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Signature-gathering campaign collects over 33,722 signatures to hold prefectural referendum

July 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 17 the Henoko Okinawan Resident Vote Assembly, which aims to enact an ordinance for a prefectural referendum asking whether citizens approve or disapprove of the land reclamation project at Henoko, held a press conference at the Prefectural Office and announced that the number of signatures necessary for the referendum were collected, reaching 33,722 in total.

In order for the Assembly to directly request that the governor enact a...

 

Japan ASDF plane has tire puncture on runway at Naha Airport, affecting 46 flights and around 5,000 passengers

Japan ASDF plane has tire puncture on runway at Naha Airport, affecting 46 flights and around 5,000 passengers

July 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) E-2C airborne early warning aircraft stationed at Naha Air Base suffered a tire puncture shortly after landing at around 5:38 p.m. on July 17, while taxiing to the gate at Naha International Airport, causing the...

Ishigaki mayor agrees to receive Japan Ground Self-Defense troops

Ishigaki mayor agrees to receive Japan Ground Self-Defense troops

 

July 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

In the afternoon of July 18, Ishigaki City Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama held a meeting at the city hall to announce that Hirae Ohmata of Ishigaki City will receive the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) troops.

The...

MOD insists corals ineligible for transplantation only one month prior to Henoko soil deposits

MOD insists corals ineligible for transplantation only one month prior to Henoko soil deposits

July 17, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

According to the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s (ODB) notification to the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), as of July 17 there is one month remaining until the day soil depositing into the ocean begins as part construction of a replacement facility...

Okinawa Karate demonstration held at Shikinaen to pray for success of International Tournament

Okinawa Karate demonstration held at Shikinaen to pray for success of International Tournament

 

July 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On July 7 at the Shikinaen Garden in Naha City, the executive committee for the Okinawa Karate International Tournament held a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the first Okinawa Karate International Tournament on August 1. Eight people,...

Australian artist Catherine Fisher protests Henoko base construction with exhibit in Shibuya

Australian artist Catherine Fisher protests Henoko base construction with exhibit in Shibuya

 

July 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Catherine Jane Fisher is holding an art exhibition meant to transmit the messages of peace and love, titled Nuchi du Takara (Life is a Treasure), in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Fisher is an Australian and a resident of Tokyo who protests U.S....

Daiichi Koutsu high-speed ferry hopes to expand tourism to northern parts of island

Daiichi Koutsu high-speed ferry hopes to expand tourism to northern parts of island

 

July 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Daiichi Koutsu Sangyo Co. Ltd. is participating in a plan to run a high-speed ferry connecting Naha and Motobu Ports.

With the increase of rental cars used by tourists visiting Okinawa, congestion on the roads continue to worsen,...

Bullfighting designated as Uruma City’s cultural property

Bullfighting designated as Uruma City’s cultural property

 

July 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Mariko Uezu

 

During the meeting on July 10, Uruma City Board of Education School Superintendent Hiromi Kadekaru announced the decision to designate the Uruma City’s bullfighting as one of the city’s Intangible Folk Cultural...

Chicken owner in Yomitan is surprised to find egg in capsule form

Chicken owner in Yomitan is surprised to find egg in capsule form

 

July 5, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Seventy-one-year-old Syunichi Okuhara from Furugen in Yomitan village found out that his hen had layed a capsule-looking egg.

The form is like a “gacha-gacha,” the capsules in which small toys are packed, with a straight line...

Okinawan-born New York City artist Yuken Teruya depicts famous Okinawans including Namie Amuro in his Bingata-dyed portrait series “Heroes”

Okinawan-born New York City artist Yuken Teruya depicts famous Okinawans including Namie Amuro in his Bingata-dyed portrait series “Heroes”

July 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yukiyo Zaha

The Bingata dying method is one of Okinawa’s quintessential art techniques. Characterized by its colors, featuring vivid reds, yellows, indigos, and greens, as well as rhythmical patterns, it was developed during the Ryukyu Kingdom through trade...

Farmers in Kin harvest first crop of golden rice shining under sun

Farmers in Kin harvest first crop of golden rice shining under sun

 

June 26, 2018 Ryukyu ShimpoThe harvest of the first crop of rice has started in Kin town, which is known as one of the foremost rice-producing areas in the prefecture.

Many farmers worked hard on harvesting golden rice swinging in the summer breeze under the strong sun in the...