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Yaeyma Standup Paddle Boarding Association launched to promote the sport in Okinawa

Yaeyma Standup Paddle Boarding Association launched to promote the sport in Okinawa

September 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP), in which boarders paddle standing up, is becoming a popular sport in Okinawa. On September 1, the Yaemaya SUP Association was set up in Ishigaki City, with the aim to promote the sport in Okinawa. On the same day, people involved with the association held an organization meeting and press conference at Ishigaki Port Rito Terminal.

The number of SUP lovers and businesspeople related to the sport is increasing in the Yaeyama...

 

[Editorial]Shimakutuba lesson is essential to the development of Okinawa Culture

September 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shimakutuba Liaison Council has made a petition to the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly seeking to enact a regulation on the protection of local languages. The liaison council wants to restore and inherit rights to protect Shimakutuba or Ryukyuan languages. The...

An Iriomote wild cat released back into the wild after recovering from injuries in a car accident

An Iriomote wild cat released back into the wild after recovering from injuries in a car accident

September 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An Iriomote wild cat, classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, was injured in a traffic accident on Iriomote Island in August. The Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center of the Ministry of the Environment,...

Joseph Nye: “the fixed bases on Okinawa become increasingly vulnerable”

Joseph Nye:

September 1, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Nye suggested in his article posted to the Huffington Post on August 7 that “many Japanese still resent the lack of symmetry in the alliance obligations. Others...

10,000 people’s rally protesting Henoko landfill to be held mid-October in Nago

September 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawan Peoples’ Action Committee will hold a rally to protest the building of a US air base for replacement of the Futenma base. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on September 20 at the beach near Henoko Fishery Port. The organizer wants more than...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes a resolution of protest against the U.S. military base relocation in Henoko

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes a resolution of protest against the U.S. military base relocation in Henoko

September 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 3, the Okinawa prefectural assembly held a special meeting and passed a resolution of protest against the seabed drilling survey being carried out for construction of a new base, which is part of a relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air...

Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomes its 20 millionth visitor on 25th year anniversary

Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomes its 20 millionth visitor on 25th year anniversary

August 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 23, the Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomed its 20 millionth visitor since it opened in June 1989 in Itoman. Sayuri Watanabe, from Aichi Prefecture, who for the first time visited the museum, became the 20 millionth visitor. At the welcome ceremony, the curator...

Former Fishery Cooperative President: “Don’t reclaim Henoko”

Former Fishery Cooperative President: “Don’t reclaim Henoko”

August 28, 2014 Yugo Okita of Ryukyu Shimpo

“Henoko and Oura Bay are the only remaining rich fishing grounds on the east coast of Okinawa. If we just sit by and watch the reclamation, the fishing industry of Okinawa will not survive long.” The self-proclaimed “Chief of the...

Tornado appears over Oura Bay in Nago

Tornado appears over Oura Bay in Nago

September 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 9:30 p.m. on August 31, a tornado appeared over Oura Bay in Nago.
There were no reported injuries or damages property around the bay.

Yoshiharu Nina who lives in the Teira district, confirmed the occurrence of a tornado. He said the tornado...

Itoman farmer aiming to export avocados

Itoman farmer aiming to export avocados

September 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Koei Kinjo, a farmer in the Yoza district of Itoman City, is one of few in Okinawa cultivating avocado. Producing the fruit since 2010, Kinjo succeeded in growing green and shiny avocados in clusters in a plastic greenhouse this summer. Kinjo said, “I would...

Nago City Council Election: Candidates opposed to the building of a US base in Henoko win a majority

Nago City Council Election: Candidates opposed to the building of a US base in Henoko win a majority

September 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 7, the outcome of Nago City Council Election was released. The election drew national attention with candidates focusing on the for and against arguments of building a new base in Henoko to replace US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Ruling party...