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Ryukyu Golden Kings attracts 100,000 visitors a year for the first time in a professional basketball league in Japan

Ryukyu Golden Kings attracts 100,000 visitors a year for the first time in a professional basketball league in Japan

May 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s national league basketball team Ryukyu Golden Kings attracted 101,054 visitors in the year ending May 11 – a national record. According to a spokesperson of the team, which is a star team in Japan’s professional basketball league or “bj league”, this is the first time that a professional basketball team has attracted over 100,000 visitors in one season in Japan. The team staff and players expressed their gratitude to fans for playing...

 

Nago Mayor dismisses the idea of accelerating construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko

Nago Mayor dismisses the idea of accelerating construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko

May 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government plans to begin within a year building a new U.S. military base in Henoko to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine addressed media gathered at the City Government Office on May 12. He said he opposed the plan...

Nago City asks the Okinawa Defence Bureau to resubmit applications for Henoko relocation

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 8, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine announced his municipal government had sent the Okinawa Defense Bureau a request for the resubmission of applications for occupancy of Henoko Port in Nago. As part of plans to move the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko,...

Okinawan Elementary School students learn about the Battle of Okinawa

Okinawan Elementary School students learn about the Battle of Okinawa

May 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of studies for a peace class, 120 pupils of Yomitan’s Furugenminami Elementary School visited the Okinawa International Peace Research Institute in Naha on May 2.

Taking notes, they looked at displays showing about 1500 photographs about the Battle...

Diving around Kerama Islands to be regulated

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Popular diving havens in the Kerama Islands will soon have a cap on the number of people allowed to visit.

On May 8, both Tokashiki and Zamami Villages decided to make diving companies regulate the number of people who could access the ocean area of Kerama...

Government to start Henoko landfill before gubernatorial election this fall

May 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government plans to fast-track the start of major landfill work for the replacement Futenma air base in Henoko, Nago to before this year’s prefectural election in November. Construction work on the Marine Corps Futenma Air Station was previously scheduled...

Okinawa-based game designer co-develops worldwide bestseller

Okinawa-based game designer co-develops worldwide bestseller

May 6, 2014 Ken Sasaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

An Okinawa resident and game creator Ryo Agarie has co-developed a top-ranking smartphone game app, working from his home in Naha. Since it was sold this February, the Japanese-mythology themed puzzle game is currently first place out of 19 countries...

New harii boats launched in Itoman

New <em>harii</em> boats launched in Itoman

May 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A launching ceremony for three dragon boats built last October was held on April 27 at Itoman Fishing Port. Young people from Nishimura, Nakamura, and Niijima districts – Itoman’s long-established communities – poured rice and sacred sake on the boats...

Local company to sell its Ryukyu glass jewelry in Singapore

Local company to sell its Ryukyu glass jewelry in Singapore

May 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Ryukyu glass company Rurian has begun selling its jewelry brand products at a select shop in Singapore as of the start of May. The company is working to sell its products in overseas markets with support from the Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation. Rurian...

Okinawan citizen group protests against Japan’s right to collective defense

Okinawan citizen group protests against Japan's right to collective defense

May 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, a citizen group opposing an amendment to the Constitution of Japan that would allow the pacifist nation to have its own military again, held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. They criticised plans to revise the constitution,...

60,000 Easter lilies in full bloom in Okinawa

60,000 Easter lilies in full bloom in Okinawa

May 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the solar calendar of East Asian cultures, May 5 or “Lixia” marks the beginning of Summer. The season was ushered in with the blooming of 60,000 Easter lilies at Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park in Okinawa City.

Many families viewed the lillies while...