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All-Okinawa Coalition temporarily suspends sit-in protests to prevent spread of coronavirus

All-Okinawa Coalition temporarily suspends sit-in protests to prevent spread of coronavirus

April 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On April 14 the “All-Okinawa Coalition” (All-Okinawa Kaigi), which is made up of political parties and citizens’ groups that oppose relocation of Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City, announced that it is temporarily suspending protest activities such as sit-ins in front of the gate to Camp Schwab in Henoko from April 15 through May 6. Activities are being suspended for the purpose of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Man arrested for fraud after buying cigarettes using imitation “money for the afterlife”

Man arrested for fraud after buying cigarettes using imitation “money for the afterlife”

April 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ururma Police arrested a 22-year-old unemployed man with no fixed address for fraud and traffic violations (driving without a license) after the man used “Uchikabi,” imitation paper money placed at tombs and shrines for ancestors to use in the afterlife, resembling...

Ministry of Environment survey reveals recent dugong feeding trails near Hateruma and Irabu Islands

Ministry of Environment survey reveals recent dugong feeding trails near Hateruma and Irabu Islands

April 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On March 31, the Ministry of the Environment compiled its results from FY 2019 surveys of the state of habitation of the dugong, which is a Natural Monument of Japan, and revealed that it found new marks thought to be dugong feeding trails near Hateruma Island...

JetStar Japan to suspend all flights from Shimojishima Airport to Narita and all connecting flights from April 10 –May 6

JetStar Japan to suspend all flights from Shimojishima Airport to Narita and all connecting flights from April 10 –May 6

April 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

JetStar Japan announced April 9 that they are suspending all flights between Shimojishima Airport and Narita Airport, as well as all connecting flights from April 10 through May 6.

As a result, Shimojishima Airport Management, the firm that operates the Miyako...

Explanatory documents on soft seabed from MOD commission contained 20 mistakes

Explanatory documents on soft seabed from MOD commission contained 20 mistakes

April 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1 it came to light that mistakes were found in 20 portions of the explanatory documents from the Ministry of Defense’s “technical investigative commission” panel of experts. This technical investigative commission was established to address...

Tree Nymph Chosen as Okinawa’s Prefectural Butterfly New Symbol Established for the First Time in 48 Years

Tree Nymph Chosen as Okinawa’s Prefectural Butterfly New Symbol Established for the First Time in 48 Years

April 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, the tree nymph was established as the Prefectural Butterfly of Okinawa, the prefecture’s newest symbol. Previously, there were six established Prefectural Symbols, including the Prefectural Emblem, the Prefectural Flower (deigo flower), and the Prefectural...

Okinawa Medical Association “strongly requests” people from outside prefecture to refrain from returning to archipelago for tomb sweeping festival

Okinawa Medical Association “strongly requests” people from outside prefecture to refrain from returning to archipelago for tomb sweeping festival

April 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Due to the continued spread of COVID-19, the Okinawa Medical Association (Tetsuyoshi Asato, committee chair) announced April 2 that, with the opening of the tomb sweeping festival (shimi) season taking place this weekend, they are asking people to refrain from returning...

Editorial: After discovery of carcinogenic fire-extinguishing foam discovered outside of U.S. base, use of harmful chemicals must be eliminated immediately

April 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fire-extinguishing foam containing PFOS, a type of carcinogenic organic fluorine compound, was discovered to have escaped outside of MCAS Futenma and onto the streets of Ginowan, polluting the rivers and falling on the streets in residential neighborhoods. This...

Futenma base will close, but military flights and local complaints persist

April 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginowan City, Okinawa—It was agreed 24 years ago that the U.S. Marine Corps base in Futenma would be closed and the site would be returned to Okinawa. In the meantime, the base burden on Ginowan residents has not lessened. The number of military aircraft flights,...

Ishigaki-based Seifuku Distillery to launch 77% alcohol awamori for use as a substitute for alcohol disinfectants for coronavirus

Ishigaki-based Seifuku Distillery to launch 77% alcohol awamori for use as a substitute for alcohol disinfectants for coronavirus

April 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Ishigaki) On April 10, Seifuku Distillery (based in Ishigaki, Okinawa; president: Kenryu Kanna) held a press conference at Ishigaki City Hall and announced that it will start manufacturing awamori called “Seifuku 77” having a 77% alcohol content.

The...

Fields of purple emerge in Ogimi Village

Fields of purple emerge in Ogimi Village

April 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Kijoka, Ogimi Village, the Iris ochroleuca is in full bloom and the flower fields are awash in purple. On the morning of April 8, families and shutterbugs arrived at the flower fields, enjoying the drive and the early summer weather. Yoshiko Okonogi, 69, who visited...