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“Kariyushi Cabinet Meeting” cancelled over coronavirus concerns, Okinawa to hold off on sending annual gift

“Kariyushi Cabinet Meeting” cancelled over coronavirus concerns, Okinawa to hold off on sending annual gift

May 28, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – The Japanese government decided to cancel an annual cabinet meeting where the cabinet members all wear Kariyushi shirts in what has been dubbed the “Kariyushi Cabinet Meeting” May 27.

This year’s meeting was cancelled both due to the effects the coronavirus itself, as well as a notification sent my Okinawa Prefecture to the prime minister that they will not be able to send their annual gift of Kariyushi shirts as they try to stem the spread...

 

Protecting Japanese white-eye chicks with a parasol “Feeling like a bird parent” Chatan’s Mr. Yonaha, looking forward to baby birds fledging

Protecting Japanese white-eye chicks with a parasol “Feeling like a bird parent” Chatan’s Mr. Yonaha, looking forward to baby birds fledging

May 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chatan – A Japanese white-eye built its nest in Zenkei Yonaha’s satsuma orange tree in Chatan, Chatan Town. Three baby birds had hatched by May 27. Yonaha uses a parasol or branches to cover and protect the nest while the parents are off searching for food. “I...

Nesting eagles halt JSDF base construction

Nesting eagles halt JSDF base construction

May 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sometime before May 22, the Okinawa Defense Bureau found that the crested serpent eagle, a nationally protected species, is nesting at the future site of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force base in Hirae-oomata, Ishigaki City. Subsequently, the bureau suspended construction...

Loud noise and foul smells prevent residents near Kadena Air Base from opening windows to help prevent coronavirus infection

Loud noise and foul smells prevent residents near Kadena Air Base from opening windows to help prevent coronavirus infection

May 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

(Kadena) Ensuring good ventilation is an important measure to prevent the spread of infection of the novel coronavirus, but residents of Kadena Town, Okinawa, who live side by side with the U.S. military’s Kadena Air Base, where aircraft engage...

Strengthen your immune system with radio karate along with a Naha Tomari Elementary school teacher

Strengthen your immune system with radio karate along with a Naha Tomari Elementary school teacher

May 25, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Kotaro Nagamine

In order to provide some energy for the children who are still stuck at home from school due to the coronavirus Naha’s Tomari Elementary School teacher Bunshiro Nagamine, 43, has been uploading “Radio Karate” videos to YouTube. In the...

Nakijin Agu pigs may disappear and they need your help

Nakijin Agu pigs may disappear and they need your help

May 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Kina

Nakijin, Okinawa—The Nakijin Agu pork may disappear as sales have been disrupted by the novel coronavirus outbreak and its producer faces a business crisis. Nakijin Agu is said to be the only breed of pigs native to Okinawa, and unlike other...

Schools reopen in Okinawa

Schools reopen in Okinawa

May 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa – On May 21, elementary and middle schools in Okinawa Prefecture reopened after a continued school closure due to the spread of novel coronavirus. At Misato Elementary School in Okinawa City, energetic children arriving at school in a light rain were warmly...

Peace Memorial Museum reopens with few visitors, dampened active peace education

Peace Memorial Museum reopens with few visitors, dampened active peace education

May 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman City, Okinawa, reopened its doors on May 21. The museum has been temporarily closed on-and-off since mid March, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Group tours of the permanent exhibition will be unavailable at this time, to...

“It’s scary. But, I wouldn’t ask anyone to change places with me,” Trash collection specialists proud of their work

“It’s scary. But, I wouldn’t ask anyone to change places with me,” Trash collection specialists proud of their work

May 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Shinji Sano

Miyakojima – Every morning, at the same time with the same music, the garbage collection truck races around town. While most of society has stopped working or is working remotely due to the spread of COVID-19, sanitation workers have continued...

U.S. military aircraft noise disrupts school entrance ceremonies midway despite no-flight appeal

U.S. military aircraft noise disrupts school entrance ceremonies midway despite no-flight appeal

May 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 21, while elementary and junior high schools in various regions of Okinawa held opening ceremonies and school entrance ceremonies, U.S. military aircraft successively took off from and landed at Futenma Air Station. On this day, noise measurements taken by...

Photo Gallery: Take a glimpse at 1950s postwar Okinawa

Photo Gallery: Take a glimpse at 1950s postwar Okinawa

May 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Kitanakagusuku—the non-profit organization Ryukyu America Historical Research Society (chaired by Shizuo Alex Kishaba) released 207 color photographs taken between 1952 and 1954 in a press release held at Ayakari no Mori on May 15. The pictures show...