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Okinawa governor, Chinese ambassador meet in Naha

Okinawa governor, Chinese ambassador meet in Naha

July 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 30, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua came to Okinawa Prefecture to attend a ceremony marking the July 1 launch of the Naha-Fuzhou direct service by China Eastern Airlines. He met with Governor Takeshi Onaga in Naha city over a meal.

The governor visited Beijing in April with a delegation of Japan’s Association for the Promotion of International Trade and met with the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China,...

 

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly to protest LDP members’ attack on local newspapers

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly to protest LDP members’ attack on local newspapers

July 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting, in which members advocated punishing news media, including two major Okinawan newspapers. On July 2, in the afternoon, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly members resolved to...

Endangered birds fly on Oura Bay

Endangered birds fly on Oura Bay

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, roseate terns, black-naped terns and little tern birds listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species were sighted on Oura Bay in Nago. They were searching for fish.

It appears that roseate terns and black-naped terns breed on...

Defense Minister announces Henoko drilling survey deadline to be extended to end of September

June 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference following a cabinet meeting on June 30, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced that the deadline for completing the drilling survey being carried out in preparation for the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko, Nago City would be extended...

Symposium to mark 50th anniversary of discovery of Iriomote wild cat

Symposium to mark 50th anniversary of discovery of Iriomote wild cat

June 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Iriomote wild cats, classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, can only be found on Iriomote Island in Taketomi Town. On the afternoon of June 28, a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of its discovery was held...

Okinawa takes steps to make Okinawan cuisine part of cultural heritage

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture’s schools superintendent, Akira Moromizato, announced the start of a study aiming to designate an Okinawan dish as “intangible cultural heritage.” During the plenary session at the prefectural assembly on June 24, he stated, “We would...

University of the Ryukyus criticizes government’s request to raise flag and sing anthem

University of the Ryukyus criticizes government's request to raise flag and sing anthem

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24 at a regular media meeting, President Hajime Oshiro of the University of Ryukyus criticized the central government’s requests to display the national flag and have participants sing the anthem at entrance and graduation ceremonies. On June 16, Hirofumi...

Shipments of Awamori slide for 10th consecutive year

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, The Okinawa Regional Taxation Office released taxation figures on alcoholic beverages shipped by breweries in Okinawa Prefecture during fiscal 2014. Shipments of all alcoholic beverages declined 4.0% over the year to 71,258 kiloliters, generating 10.53...

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, at the ongoing regular June session of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, Governor Takeshi Onaga described the soul of Okinawa as “living with pride, honoring the hard work and struggles of our ancestors, and wishing that our children and grandchildren...

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to build facility for children in Kumejima

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to build facility for children in Kumejima

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki is planning to build a community facility for children in Zenda Forest Park of Kumejima. Miyazaki will invest 300 million yen into construction of the facility as a donation to the town. Kumejima Town will provide...

Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Times issue joint protest statement over Hyakuta remarks

June 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Novelist Naoki Hyakuta’s claim that the two newspapers of Okinawa should be shut down is an example of suppression of free speech; media will only be allowed to report on what meets the intentions of the administration. These are absurd remarks that deny the...