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Government panel members received 11 million yen from contractors to build new US base in Henoko

October 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three experts of the 13 members of an environmental oversight panel set up by the Okinawa Defense Bureau of the Ministry of Defense have received donations totalling 11 million yen from the companies that received orders to build a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, since they assumed their post in April last year. The governments of Japan and the United States are advancing with the project to build the new base in Henoko, where they will relocate U.S. Marine...

 

Sea turtles raised from artificial hatching of eggs produced by mother that died in accident released

Sea turtles raised from artificial hatching of eggs produced by mother that died in accident released

October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of October 4, at a beach of Kijoka, Ogimi, the Okinawa Churashima Foundation’s Research Center released ten baby turtles. They were from artificially raised and hatched eggs, which were taken from a female green sea turtle that was run over...

Two typhoon experts at University of the Ryukyus collaborate

Two typhoon experts at University of the Ryukyus collaborate

October 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two typhoon experts, 44-year-old associate professor Hiroyuki Yamada and 33-year-old assistant professor Kosuke Ito have formed a rare partnership in their research into mesoscale meteorology and numerical weather prediction systems in the Geoscience Section at...

Katsuren Peninsula: rich sea where coral reefs live

Katsuren Peninsula: rich sea where coral reefs live

October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Under the blue sea off the coast of Katsuren Peninsula, Uruma City, where helicopters belonging to Japanese Self-Defense Forces and U.S. military fly over frequently, precious coral colonies such as blue coral and Pavona cactus, commonly known as ‘lettuce coral’,...

Governor Onaga to attend 110th immigration anniversary ceremony in Peru

Governor Onaga to attend 110th immigration anniversary ceremony in Peru

October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, President Arturo Yara of Peru Okinawa Kenjinkai and board members visited Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Government to ask for his attendance at the 110th Peru immigration anniversary celebration ceremony next August. Governor...

Opposition to base burden increases due to Osprey training in Okinawa

October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 14, officials from the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) visited prefectural offices and the towns and cities hosting base compounds, announcing that beginning in 2017 U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing aircraft deployed from Yokota...

Okinawa Defense Bureau asks prefectural government to relocate hermit crabs in preparation for Henoko construction

October 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, it was discovered that the Okinawa Defense Bureau sent a request to the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education asking for permission to capture and relocate Coenobita hermit crabs, designated a natural monument by the national government, in advance...

Taketomi-Tsushima joint declaration on conserving endangered Wildcats

Taketomi-Tsushima joint declaration on conserving endangered Wildcats

October 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 8, Taketomi Town, Okinawa and Tsushima, Nagasaki announced,”Yamaneko Ai (love)! Land Joint Declaration” in an effort to promote the conservation of the Iriomote Yamaneko and Tsushima Yamaneko. The cats are the only endangered wildcat species...

Government appeals Okinawa governor’s revocation of landfill at Henoko

October 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of October 14, the Ministry of Defense filed an appeal with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism against Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of permission for landfill needed to build a new U.S. base in Henoko,...

Group opposing Henoko Soil Hauling discusses future activities

Group opposing Henoko Soil Hauling discusses future activities

October 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A nationwide liaison council, Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling, which is comprised of local organizations of the regions where the Okinawa Defense Bureau is collecting soil for the purpose of landfilling in Henoko, opened its second general meeting on the morning...

Nighttime Osprey flights double, conflicting with claims of burden reduction

October 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 7, the Okinawa Defense Bureau announced the results of a survey calculating the activity of MV-22 Osprey aircraft and helicopters at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma during fiscal 2014 (April 2014-March 2015). Osprey takeoffs numbered 1,368, and landings...