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Dugong plaintiffs consider new action in U.S. to block Henoko landfill

Dugong plaintiffs consider new action in U.S. to block Henoko landfill

November 6, 2013 Yugo Okita of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa dugong plaintiffs are considering filing a new lawsuit in the United States in an attempt to block the landfill in Henoko, Nago. The governments of Japan and the United States plan to build alternative facilities for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma at Henoko. The lawsuit aims to make the U.S. government stop the Japanese government from entering the area for the reclamation work. The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)...

 

Three winners of Miss Okinawa 2014

Three winners of Miss Okinawa 2014

November 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau held the Miss Okinawa Contest 2014 at the conference center in the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. The contest awarded prizes to winners in three separate categories: 19-year-old college student Keiko Takaesu...

Over 30,000 grey-faced buzzards fly to Miyako

Over 30,000 grey-faced buzzards fly to Miyako

October 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 28, the Nature Conservation Section of the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Wild Bird Society of Miyako announced that the number of gray-faced buzzards observed at two spots in Miyako-jima City has reached 31,833. This is the first time since...

Kishi pushed U.S. to set deadline for Okinawa’s return at 1957 summit

Kishi pushed U.S. to set deadline for Okinawa's return at 1957 summit

October 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Diplomatic documents declassified on October 30 revealed that at his meeting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, D.C., on June 1957, then Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi was to request that administrative rights over Okinawa to be returned to Japan...

First generation Okinawan Bolivian couple returns to their homeland

First generation Okinawan Bolivian couple returns to their homeland

November 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, a couple who were among the first group of emigrants from Okinawa to Bolivia in 1954 came home after 11 years. Ninety-one-year-old Tetsu Nagayama and eighty-eight-year-old Tomiko came back to Okinawa in 1972 before going back to Bolivia in 2002.

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Floss silk trees in full bloom

Floss silk trees in full bloom

October 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Floss silk trees in full bloom in various parts of Okinawa add a slash of color to the prefecture’s streets and towns. Seventy-seven-year-old Naha resident Masahiro Sakumoto enjoys looking at the beautifully formed flowers on a tree in his garden.
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Orion Beer to operate mega solar plant from next April

Orion Beer to operate mega solar plant from next April

November 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 31 at Nakaoji in Nago, Orion Beer held a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of mega solar plants in Nago City, Nakijin Village and Itoman City. Orion Beer is the first food and beverage company in Okinawa to start such a solar power generation...

Okinawan electronics company to introduce new photovoltaic system to Solomon Islands

Okinawan electronics company to introduce new photovoltaic system to Solomon Islands

October 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From October 31, Okinawa Kobori Electronics will start work on a project to introduce the new utility interactive photovoltaic system that the company has developed to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. The Japan International Cooperation Agency commissioned...

Camera drops from U.S. military helicopter

November 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 1, it was revealed that an HH-60 rescue helicopter belonging to Kadena Air Base may have dropped its mounted camera during training. According to the Okinawa Defense Bureau, after returning from a flight training exercise U.S. military personnel realized...

Longevity Beauty Queens chosen in Kitanakagusuku

Longevity Beauty Queens chosen in Kitanakagusuku

October 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three aged women were chosen as Kitanakagusuku Longevity Beauty Queens 2014 in the village welfare festival on October 26. This event aims to let people know that the village has the longest female lifespan in Japan. Ninety-five-year-old Hatsu Higa, 94-year-old...

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomes 30 millionth visitor

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomes 30 millionth visitor

October 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomed Naohiro Tashiro as its 30 millionth visitor. Visiting the aquarium for the first time with his girlfriend Chisato Mizuta from Tokyo, he received a commemorative certificate and gift from curator Hirokazu Miyahara....