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Yambaru National Park: Wild forest area in northern Okinawa designated national park

Yambaru National Park: Wild forest area in northern Okinawa designated national park

September 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government has designated 16,300 hectares of forest covering the villages of Kunigami,

Higashi, and Ogimi in the northern part of Okinawa Prefecture as its 33rd national park. Named Yambaru National Park, its designation as a new national park became official following the designation of the Kerama Islands as national park. Representatives of the three villages celebrated the designation by putting up banners at municipal offices.

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Japan wins bronze medal in Wheelchair Rugby in Rio thanks to Nakazato, Norimatsu and other players’ good showing

Japan wins bronze medal in Wheelchair Rugby in Rio thanks to Nakazato, Norimatsu and other players' good showing

September 18, Ryukyu Shimpo

Masatoshi Inafuku reports from Rio de Janeiro

On the morning of September 18, (the afternoon of the same day in Japan), the last day of competition in the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, Japan won the bronze medal with a 52-50 win to Canada in the third place...

Onaga urges LDP Secretary-General Nikai to give up new US base construction

Onaga urges LDP Secretary-General Nikai to give up new US base construction

September 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of September 14, Okinawa Governor Onaga met Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) during his visit to Okinawa, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. Onaga said, “Okinawan and Japanese governments have...

Breaking news: Okinawa loses Henoko lawsuit

Breaking news: Okinawa loses Henoko lawsuit

September 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 2 p.m. on September 16, presiding judge Toshiro Tamiya handed down a verdict in a lawsuit brought by the Japanese national government against the Okinawa prefectural government over Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga’s cancellation of a permit to reclaim land...

JSDF aircraft carry heavy equipment over prefectural road for U.S. helipad construction

JSDF aircraft carry heavy equipment over prefectural road for U.S. helipad construction

September 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

[Helipad reporting team] On September 13, shortly after 9 a.m., the Okinawa Defense Bureau began transporting heavy equipment using two Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) CH-47 helicopters. The equipment must be transported in order to construct new helicopter...

Newly launched Okinawa research society to be advised by former Prime Minister Hatoyama

Newly launched Okinawa research society to be advised by former Prime Minister Hatoyama

September 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 11, a proposed Okinawa research society of the East Asian Community (EAC) was launched at a symposium held at the University of the Ryukyus. Experts from both within and outside of Okinawa called for the society. It was established as a way to extensively...

Yilan County establishes Naha office to promote cooperation among fishermen

Yilan County establishes Naha office to promote cooperation among fishermen

September 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 6, Northeastern Taiwan’s Yilan County established an office in Kumoji, Naha City to promote cultural exchange in the fields of sightseeing and business, and among fishermen. According to a person involved in the establishment of the office, this...

War orphan stresses uniqueness of Battle of Okinawa at appeal court demanding apology and compensation from government

War orphan stresses uniqueness of Battle of Okinawa at appeal court demanding apology and compensation from government

September 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 6, at the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court, the first argument for an appeal trial in which plaintiffs are demanding an apology and compensation from the government to be granted to Battle of Okinawa war victims was held.

The government’s...

Request to survey Battle of Okinawa remains in Camp Schwab sent to US embassy

September 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Takamatsu Gushiken, a representative of the volunteer group that collects remains from the Battle of Okinawa, Gamafuya, has requested permission to conduct a survey and collect the remains at the Ourasaki Internment Camp burial site in Camp Schwab, the U.S....

Play about fourth-generation Okinawan in Hawaii released

Play about fourth-generation Okinawan in Hawaii released

September 5, 2016 Hanae Gushiken Higa Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

From August 25 to October 2, a play titled “UchinaAloha” by Okinawan playwright Lee Tonouchi will be performed at Kumu Kahua Theater in Honolulu.

According to Tonouchi’s description of the play, the protagonist...

US veterans call for stopping new base construction in Okinawa

US veterans call for stopping new base construction in Okinawa

September 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 8, six members of Veterans for Peace (VFP), a peace organization made up of military veterans, who are visiting Okinawa held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. The veterans said that visiting Okinawa brought home to them the fact...