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Thai tourists visit Okinawa

Thai tourists visit Okinawa

August 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of August 8, a charter flight organized by Jumbo Tours in Naha brought 288 people from Bangkok to Naha. That same day, 282 people departed from Okinawa for Thailand. This is the second charter flight between Naha and Bangkok in 2013.

The Thai tourists will stay for five days in Okinawa, during which they will visit Okinawa World in Nanjo and go sightseeing and shopping.
Jumbo Tours is planning to operate four charter flights between...

 

JX Nippon to build mega solar plant in Uruma

August 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation plans to build a 12 megawatts solar power plant in Uruma. Involving a total investment of about 3.5 billion yen, it aims to start operating the plant in March 2015. The company is making use of the land in Uruma owned by the...

U.S. military helicopter crash leaves scar on hillside near Okawa Dam

U.S. military helicopter crash leaves scar on hillside near Okawa Dam

August 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of August 10, a Ryukyu Shimpo photographer took a picture of the spot in the Central Training Area, Ginoza, where a Kadena-based HH-60 helicopter crashed on August 5. The slope of the forest near the landing strip was exposed in the fire caused...

Hilton to open resort hotel at site of Gimbaru Training Area

Hilton to open resort hotel at site of Gimbaru Training Area

July 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kin Town announced on July 30 that Hilton Worldwide, an American global hospitality company, will manage a large resort hotel at a site on the former U.S. military Gimbaru Training Area, which the U.S. military returned to Kin Town and other owners in July 2011....

Tonaki Island holds children’s annual water sports festival

Tonaki Island holds children's annual water sports festival

July 28, 2013 Nana Sasahara, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The 95th Tonaki Water Sports Day for Children was held recently at the Higashi no hama on Tonaki Island. Many children and residents, including 30 children and pupils from Tonaki School (kindergarten, elementary and junior high school)...

U.S. military helicopter crashes in training area near village

U.S. military helicopter crashes in training area near village

August 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 4:00 p.m. on August 5, a Kadena-based HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in flames in the Central Training Area near Camp Hansen in Matsuda, Ginoza. According to the Ministry of Defense and the U.S. military, there were at least four people on board. The three...

Ministry of Defense builds fences at Futenma

Ministry of Defense builds fences at Futenma

July 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In a meeting of the Japan-U.S. Joint Committee on July 22, the Japanese and U.S. governments approved setting up fences at Gate 3 of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Nodake, Ginowan. To oppose the deployment last September of the first squadron of Osprey...

Hawaii Governor ready to accept U.S. Marines from Okinawa

Hawaii Governor ready to accept U.S. Marines from Okinawa

August 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On a visit to Hawaii, Susumu Matayoshi, the head of the Executive Office of the Governor, met State of Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie at the Government Offices in the afternoon on July 30. Abercrombie stated that he is willing to accept U.S. Marines currently...

Ogimi Village to restore indigenous beans

Ogimi Village to restore indigenous beans

July 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shioya Soybeans Club, which is working to restore indigenous Okinawan soybeans such as oohigu and takaanda, held a meeting at the Shioya Community Hall on July 24. The club reported that crop yields reached a record high of six kilograms this...

Resident arrested in sit-in protest against further deployment of Osprey

August 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two MV-22 Osprey aircraft arrived on August 3 at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Iwakuni in Yamaguchi. They are the first of an additional 12 tilt-rotor aircraft, which take off and land like a helicopter. One person was arrested in front of the base’s...

Battle of Okinawa PTSD symposium held at Hitotsubashi University

Battle of Okinawa PTSD symposium held at Hitotsubashi University

July 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Center for the Study of Peace and Reconciliation held a symposium on July 20 at Hitotsubashi University on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues among Battle of Okinawa survivors.

Psychiatrist Ryoji Arizuka and Tsuyoshi Kitamura, assistant professor...