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Rainy season starts later than usual in Okinawa

Rainy season starts later than usual in Okinawa

May 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 20, Okinawa Meteorological Observatory declared the start of rainy season in Okinawa, 11 days later than in an average year, and 15 days later than last year.

In the Amami Islands near Okinawa, the wet weather began on May 19, the earliest rainy season in the country.

Due to the seasonal rain front, the atmosphere in mainland Okinawa and the Sakishima Islands has become unstable.

The Observatory expects the rain front and moist air...

 

University of the Ryukyus creates database of botanical resources to encourage academic/industrial cooperation

May 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The University of the Ryukyus has created a database of botanical information collected in Okinawa. Hoping to strengthen cooperation between industry and academia, the University hopes the botanical resources can be used to help develop food and medical products....

Gov. Onaga explains Okinawa’s US military base issue to Hawaii Governor

Gov. Onaga explains Okinawa’s US military base issue to Hawaii Governor

May 31, 2015 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Honolulu

On May 30, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Hawaii Governor David Ige met for the first time in Honolulu.

At their meeting, Onaga explained that he would seek to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma outside...

400 year-old Sagaribana blooms in Okinawa

400 year-old Sagaribana blooms in Okinawa

May 17, 2015 Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo 

A Sagaribana tree, also known as Sawafuji (Barringtonia racemosa,) could be seen blossoming in Tokashiki Village on May 8. The tree has been growing there for a long time, alongside the Tokashiki River on the west side of the...

87 new names inscribed on Cornerstone of Peace memorial in Okinawa

May 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced on May 21 that they would add the names of 87 people who died in the war to the Cornerstone of Peace memorial. The memorial lists the victims of the Battle of Okinawa. All of those newly added came from Japan –...

Okinawa aims to attract 7.6 million tourists in fiscal 2015

May 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture aims to attract 7.6 million tourists in fiscal 2015, up about 6% from last year, the prefectural government (OPG) said on May 19. The OPG made the announcement as it unveiled part of its “Visit Okinawa” tourism project for the year that...

Governor Onaga heads to Washington to seek cancellation of new base

Governor Onaga heads to Washington to seek cancellation of new base

May 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo By Hideki Matsudo

The Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will visit the United States from May 27 to June 5 to block a new U.S. military base from being built in Henoko, Nago. In Washington D.C., he will meet U.S. officials. The Governor will request that the U.S. government,...

The commentaries on Gov. Onaga’s visit to the U.S.

The military that threatens the dignity of women

Harumi MiyagiHarumi Miyagi, historian on women’s issues in Okinawa

About 15 years ago,...

Voices from Okinawa

May 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo special edition of the Gov. Onaga’s visit to the U.S.

 

One in four people killed in the Battle of Okinawa

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Editorial:While in the U.S. Gov. Onaga must show grit to block new base

May 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been necessary for Governors of Okinawa on a frequent basis to visit the United States. There are no other prefectures in this country enduring such hardships as are imposed on ours. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will travel to the United States today.

The...

China Eastern Airlines to launch Naha-Fuzhou service in July

China Eastern Airlines to launch Naha-Fuzhou service in July

May 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

China Eastern Airlines will launch a direct service between Naha and Fuzhou starting in July, Chinese Consul General to Fukuoka, Li Tianran, said May 15 when he paid a visit to Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga at the prefectural government office.

The carrier...