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Governor Tamaki once again asks Defense Minister Iwaya to abandon Henoko relocation, but remains at an impasse with Japan unyielding

Governor Tamaki once again asks Defense Minister Iwaya to abandon Henoko relocation, but remains at an impasse with Japan unyielding

September 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki met with Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya at the Okinawa Prefectural Office September 5 to once again demand that the Japanese government abandon the plans to relocate MCAS Futenma to Henoko, as well as to immediately cease operations at the airbase.

The governor raised as an example the soft ground in the ocean area being filled at the relocation site extending construction time, claiming, “I...

 

Typhoon Lingling reaches highest wind speed in recorded history at Miyako Airport

Typhoon Lingling reaches highest wind speed in recorded history at Miyako Airport

September 5, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to a representative of the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory, the extremely strong typhoon approaching Okinawa recorded a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 61.2 meters at Miyako Airport in Miyakojima on September 5 at 12:22 p.m.

This record...

Fishing boat washes ashore in Okinawa 8 years after being swept away in 2011 Tohoku tsunami

Fishing boat washes ashore in Okinawa 8 years after being swept away in 2011 Tohoku tsunami

September 3, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 31, the fishing boat Seisho-maru (0.8 tons), which was lost after being swept away in the tsunami following the 2011 East Japan earthquake, was discovered washed ashore in Kin, Kin, Okinawa by an employee of the Nakagusuku Regional Coast Guard Headquarters...

Researcher spots U.S. military helicopter landing on former NTA land in Ada, Kunigami Village

Researcher spots U.S. military helicopter landing on former NTA land in Ada, Kunigami Village

September 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 3:00 p.m. on September 4 a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y helicopter was spotted taking off and landing on returned Northern Training Area (NTA) land in Ada, Kunigami Village.

The strip where it landed, called the LZ-FBJ helipad, was returned to Okinawa...

Korean firefighters and Japanese tourists who teamed up to rescue a Chinese tourist while visiting Okinawa to receive thank you cards

Korean firefighters and Japanese tourists who teamed up to rescue a Chinese tourist while visiting Okinawa to receive thank you cards

September 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

The Naha Fire Department announced September 2 that they would be presenting a thank you card to two Korean firefighters who, back in June, just happened to be passing through the Don Quijote store on Kokusai Dori in Naha when a Chinese tourist...

Toward a colorful society: “Pink Dot” LGBTQ+ event held in Naha

Toward a colorful society: “Pink Dot” LGBTQ+ event held in Naha

September 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pink Dot Okinawa advocates a society in which everyone, including LGBTQ+ people, are able to live comfortably in their own skin. The 2019 Pink Dot Okinawa event was held on September 1, at the Ryukyu Shimpo public open space, located on the ground floor. The...

Clothing that was purchased at an antique shop in Fukuoka that could have been gifted to the Ryukyu Kingdom by China donated to the Churashima Foundation for restoration and research

Clothing that was purchased at an antique shop in Fukuoka that could have been gifted to the Ryukyu Kingdom by China donated to the Churashima Foundation for restoration and research

August 30, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

An article of clothing has been found that could possibly be summer wear known as “Umansa,” and was gifted to the Ryukyu Kingdom by ancient China, the likes of which are not known to currently exist in Okinawa.

Masahiro Shuzo Co. Ltd. CEO Masakuni Higa...

50th Okinawa Peace Memorial held in Saipan

50th Okinawa Peace Memorial held in Saipan

August 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Fumiaki Jahana

It has been 75 years since residents of the former South Pacific Mandate were involved in a land battle during the Pacific War in 1944.

On August 27 at the Okinawa Peace Tower in Saipan, the “50th Okinawa Peace Memorial” was held....

Window falls from Futenma Air Station CH-53 helicopter over East China Sea off Okinawa Island

Window falls from Futenma Air Station CH-53 helicopter over East China Sea off Okinawa Island

August 29, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On August 29 it came to the Ryukyu Shimpo’s attention that around 5:30 p.m. on August 27 the plastic window of a CH-53 helicopter from Futenma Air Station fell from the craft about 8 kilometers above the East China Sea off Okinawa Island.

On...

Eisa festival photos/video: The electrifying three days

Eisa festival photos/video: The electrifying three days

August 25, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 64th Annual Zento Eisa Festival took place August 22 through August 25, at various locations including the Koza Athletic Park Track and Field Stadium in Okinawa City.

The three-day event was hosted by the Zento Eisa Festival Planning and Executive Committee...

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau host meeting to discuss tourism issues, consider tightening regulations

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau host meeting to discuss tourism issues, consider tightening regulations

July 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB, Yoshiro Shimoji, president) held the first 2019 meeting of the “Okinawa-wide Tourism Association Conference” at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan in Tomigusuku July 5, which brings together the tourism associations...