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Defense Minister estimates total cost of Henoko relocation at more than 350 billion yen

March 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Upper House Foreign Affairs Defense Committee meeting on March 13, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera stated that the total cost of moving U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago, would be at least 350 billion yen. It is the first time that the government has commented on the total estimated cost for the project since Japan and the United States agreed in 2006 that they would build V-shaped runway in Henoko.

In addition to the 231.1...

 

DNA analysis identifies human remains in the Battle of Okinawa

DNA analysis identifies human remains in the Battle of Okinawa

March 13, 2014 Ryuyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has carried out DNA analysis on the human remains that were found in Maeda district of Urasoe last July. The ministry identified the remains and found the bereaved family on March 12. The human remains belong to a Japanese...

A dog recovers from paraplegia one year after a hit and run accident

A dog recovers from paraplegia one year after a hit and run accident

March 14, 2014 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

A popular one-year-old male dog named Saburo energetically plays around the coast in Itoman, running in the sea spray to the amusement of locals at Fisher Craft Center. A hit-and-run accident left him a paraplegic last summer. He lost his rear left...

One-thousand member committee criticizes government’s reinterpretation of Constitution

One-thousand member committee criticizes government's reinterpretation of Constitution

March 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an attempt to prevent the reinterpreting of Japan’s Constitution by the Abe administration to be able to defend allies who come under attack, on March 4, distinguished intellectuals set up a group called the “1000-member committee to prevent Japan...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama to set up Okinawa office of think tank

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama to set up Okinawa office of think tank

March 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The East Asian Community Institute, for which former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is president, will open an office in Naha, Okinawa next week. “I want to explore potential ways to resolve the Futenma issue,” Hatoyama said in an interview with the Ryukyu...

Okinawa selected among Agoda’s top 10 hottest travel spots

March 6, 2014 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Asia’s major hotel reservation site, Agoda.com has chosen its latest Top 10 Hottest Travel Destinations in Asia 2014. Okinawa is one of two travel destinations selected in Japan. Agoda.com’s editorial team praised the ease of travel between...

Okinawa aiming to attract 6.8 million tourists for fiscal 2014

March 8, 2014 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government announced a plan to attract tourists to Okinawa for fiscal 2014 on March 7.

The government has estimated 6.8 million tourists will visit Okinawa for fiscal 2014. The number ranges from 6.7 to 6.8 million, which...

US Air Force F-15 resumes flying after the accident involving a windshield falling

US Air Force F-15 resumes flying after the accident involving a windshield falling

March 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

As of 8:40 a.m. March 10, Kadena Air Base has resumed flights of F-15 fighters. The base had stopped flying the aircraft because it made an emergency landing with its windshield having fallen off on March 4.

Three F-15 fighters took off at 8:40 a.m., and...

Okinawa to take measures against crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks with an Australian research institute

Okinawa to take measures against crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks with an Australian research institute

March 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government and Australian Marine Science Research Institute held a partnership signing ceremony at the prefectural office building on March 5. They agreed to deal with crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks, which are a common problem in both...

Okinawan among artists to win Oscar for animated film Frozen

Okinawan among artists to win Oscar for animated film Frozen

March 5, 2014 Shoichiro Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

Los Angeles resident and CGI(Computer-Generated Image) artist Hiroki Itokazu,from Kumejima, participated in creating Disney’s animated film Frozen. The film won the Academy Award for the best animated feature film at the 86th...

Okinawan High School students discuss peace in different cultures

Okinawan High School students discuss peace in different cultures

March 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first Children Peace Conference was held in Okinawa Shogaku High School in Naha on March 8. About 60 students discussed understanding different cultures and promoting mutual peace.

The participants focused on problems with Turkish immigration in Germany...