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Tomigusuku ranks as Okinawa’s most livable city

July 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo-based Toyo Keizai magazine announced their annual ranking of the Japan’s most livable cities for 2013. In Okinawa, Tomigusuku came 1st followed by Uruma and Nago. The previous year Nago came 2nd ahead of Uruma.

In the national rankings, Tomigusuku recorded the highest growth rate in the past five years based on other indices including population. The city has now come 1st four times in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2013. It has topped the list for three...

 

Noguchigera released after road accident

Noguchigera released after road accident

July 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A noguchigera, or Okinawa woodpecker, a species designated as a special national treasure, has recovered from injuries suffered in a road accident. It was released in Jashiki, Kunigami, about six kilometers off the road on July 8.

This is the first time that...

Okinawa governor asks Japanese government to cancel plan to deploy more Osprey to Okinawa

Okinawa governor asks Japanese government to cancel plan to deploy more Osprey to Okinawa

July 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima visited Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga at the office of the Prime Minister on July 9. They asked Suga to cancel the plan by which the U.S. military would station additional MV-22 Osprey aircraft...

Protest march against deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

Protest march against deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

July 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Peace Movement Center held a protest march on July 5 against the deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa, and has demanded the removal of the aircraft from the prefecture. About 60 people marched from Nodake Gate of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in...

Milky Way shines in Star Festival on Yonaguni

Milky Way shines in Star Festival on Yonaguni

July 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

People in Kubura on Yonaguni Island saw the Milky Way in the southeastern sky the day before the Star Festival on July 7.
To the naked eye, the Milky Way looked like a white, blurry cloud extending from the southeastern to the eastern sky, but a camera using...

Naha-Beijing route restarts nine months after Senkakus dispute

Naha-Beijing route restarts nine months after Senkakus dispute

July 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 3, Air China restarted its Naha-Beijing service that had been suspended from October 10, 2012 because of the Senkaku Islands dispute between Japan and China. At 7:00 p.m. that evening 136 people arrived at Naha Airport from Beijing and 59 people went to Beijing...

Crabs spawn under full moon

Crabs spawn under full moon

June 29, 2013

A species of terrestrial crab known as okagani came from inland on Ikema Island in Miyako to the coast to spawn on the night on June 23. That night the full moon, known as the “Super Moon,” looked much bigger and brighter than usual. With their eggs stuck on their...

Summer bonus from the sea for Ojima Islanders

Summer bonus from the sea for Ojima Islanders

July 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 8, which is June 1 in the lunar calendar, there was a good catch of suku fish on Ojima Island, Nanjo. Called suku in Okinawa, they are young rabbitfish, which are normally eaten salted. In the past people used to catch these fish over just a few days between...

Uchinaguchi educational CD now available for sale

<em>Uchinaguchi</em> educational CD now available for sale

July 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

An Uchinaguchi educational CD entitled “Uchinaguchi Learning Beginning Level” became available on July 5 from made-in-okinawa.com. Okinawan actor Masao Hachiki appears in the CD and does the instruction. Similar to English language educational...

Orange light flashing in sky

Orange light flashing in sky

June 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 8:00 p.m. on June 29, the Ryukyu Shimpo received information from many readers that “An orange light is flashing in the sky.” People seemed worried as they looked at the light in the sky above U.S. military bases.

However, at 9:00 p.m., the...

Oliver Stone to visit Okinawa to discuss U.S. military base issue

Oliver Stone to visit Okinawa to discuss U.S. military base issue

July 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an event that celebrates the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the Ryukyu Shimpo, the newspaper will invite two-time Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone to Okinawa. The event will feature a lecture by Stone with a panel discussion. Stone will observe...