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[Video] Like a phoenix taking flight through the starry sky, watch the Epsilon rocket launch from main island of Okinawa

January 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hiroko Sato, Style Editor

A shining cloud racing through the sky like a phoenix.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched their small-engine Epsilon-3 rocket January 18.

A fantasy-like video of the launch showing the space-bound rocket and the shining cloud trailing it has gained a lot of attention.

The video of the launch was recorded and edited by filmmaker and star photographer Kagaya.

After...

 

U.S. Helicopters fly over Okinawan Elementary School despite agreement to avoid the airspace reached in wake of window-dropping incident

 

January 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Japanese Ministry of Defense announced on the afternoon of January 18 that three U.S. military helicopters flew over Futenma Daini Elementary School in Ginowan City earlier that day.

It was the same elementary school where,...

Enticed by the sunlight, white plum blossoms bloom in Genka, Nago

Enticed by the sunlight, white plum blossoms bloom in Genka, Nago

January 17, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Visitors are thronging to Genka, Nago in Okinawa Prefecture to see the charming white plum blossoms in full bloom along the road in the Ohshittai wetlands area.

 

The plum trees were planted by local residents. Spectators...

October 2017 U.S. helicopter accident site’s soil contains toxic substances including benzene

October 2017 U.S. helicopter accident site’s soil contains toxic substances including benzene

 

January 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ayako Sakaguchi

 

It came to Ryukyu Shimpo’s attention on January 21 that toxic substances such as the carcinogen benzene are present on the site where a CH-53E U.S. military helicopter went up in flames and came to the ground...

Ishiagaki residents’ rally of 400 says fervent “NO” to GSDF deployment on Ishigaki Island

January 19, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 18 the residents’ liaison association to oppose militarization of Ishigaki held a citizens’ rally at Ishigaki Citizen Hall to ask that the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) not be deployed to Ishigaki Island.

According to the organizers...

Futenma elementary school’s yearly evacuation drill assumes a U.S. military aircraft crash

Futenma elementary school’s yearly evacuation drill assumes a U.S. military aircraft crash

 

January 19, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On January 18, the Futenma Daini Elementary School conducted an evacuation drill assuming a situation in which a U.S. military aircraft approaches the airspace over the school.

With evaluators stationed by the Okinawa Defense...

Okinawa export increase anticipated through new sea route connecting Naha and Ho Chi Minh

Okinawa export increase anticipated through new sea route connecting Naha and Ho Chi Minh

January 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shanghai Hai Hua Shipping Company (HASCO), a Chinese maritime transport company, has begun operating international container ships on a route between Naha Port and Ho Chi Minh Port in Vietnam through Keelung Port in Taiwan. On January 18 the first ship to take...

OMSB and OCVB join together to start dive shop excellence certification system in April

OMSB and OCVB join together to start dive shop excellence certification system in April

January 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Marine Leisure Safety Bureau (OMSB) will institute its system to certify the excellence of diving companies and guides on April 1. On January 11, OMSB signed a comprehensive business alliance with the Okinawa Tourism Convention Bureau (OCVB) to launch...

Okinawa-related movies ranked in top 10 of Kinema Junpo’s movie ranking

Okinawa-related movies ranked in top 10 of Kinema Junpo’s movie ranking

January 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 91st Kinema Jumpo top ten ranking for movies released in 2017 was announced January 10. “Target Island Kaji kataka,” the movie that deals with issues of military bases and the deployment of self defence forces on neighboring islands such as Miyako and...

Ishigaki Island is rising global tourist hot spot

Ishigaki Island is rising global tourist hot spot

January 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, selected Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, number one on its “2018 Top Destinations on the Rise” list announced January 13.

User reviews highlighted coastal landscape that features “picturesque scenery” that...

After satirizing the Okinawan base issue, comedian Daisuke Muramoto draws attention to it, saying, “There is something to Okinawa’s actions”, and “It’s the same Japan”

After satirizing the Okinawan base issue, comedian Daisuke Muramoto draws attention to it, saying, “There is something to Okinawa’s actions”, and “It’s the same Japan”

 

January 4, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

After drawing a lot of attention for a comedy routine on “The Manzai 2017,”...