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Levels of Agent Orange ingredients found in Okinawa City exceed Environmental Quality Standard

Levels of Agent Orange ingredients found in Okinawa City exceed Environmental Quality Standard

August 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau detected dioxin and other harmful ingredients inside the barrels found at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City. The levels found exceeded the Environmental Quality Standard set by the Japanese government.

The Okinawa City Government released the results of their investigation on July 31.
They detected dioxin in fouling material at a level 8.4 times the normal standard for soil, and in...

 

Film Director Oliver Stone urges Okinawans to wage nonviolent struggle

Film Director Oliver Stone urges Okinawans to wage nonviolent struggle

August 4, 2013 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

In his interview with the Ryukyu Shimpo, referring to the issue of U.S. military bases on Okinawa, film director Oliver Stone suggested that people should raise their voices to change the situation. Looking back on U.S. diplomatic history, he...

Facial mask sheet containing snake extract beautifies skin

Facial mask sheet containing snake extract beautifies skin

July 25, 2013, Ryukyu Shimpo

The Uruma-Bio Co. based in Uruma and Okinawa World in Nanjo have developed a cosmetics facial mask sheet that uses the extract of the habu (pit viper). The mask sheet is available from July 24 at Okinawa World and in hotels and gift shops in the prefecture....

Orion and Asahi co-develop third-category beer “Okinawa-dayori”

Orion and Asahi co-develop third-category beer

July 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Orion Breweries and Asahi Breweries held a press conference at the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hall in Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo on July 17. They announced that they will sell their new jointly-developed product “Asahi Orion Okinawa-dayori”...

People enjoy seeing and collecting insects in Takae

People enjoy seeing and collecting insects in Takae

July 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 200 parents and children took part in an insect observation session at Takae in Higashi Village on July 21.

A member of the Lepidopterological Society of Japan’s Nature Conservation Committee, Akino Miyagi, gave a lecture. The participants enjoyed...

Pure white flowers in full bloom in northern Okinawa

Pure white flowers in full bloom in northern Okinawa

July 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the rainy season having finished, pure white flowers are in full bloom in the northern area of Okinawa. Their outstanding beauty captivates people in the lead-up to midsummer.

Tarenna gracilipes are found from the southern area of Kyushu down to Okinawa...

Okinawa Bullfighting Federation to publish book commemorating 50th anniversary

Okinawa Bullfighting Federation to publish book commemorating 50th anniversary

July 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Bullfighting Federation held discussions at the Chubu Branch Office of the Ryukyu Shimpo on July 13 about publishing a book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its establishment. Those present looked back on the famous fighting bulls and their best...

Henoko landfill: OPG receives over 2,000 written opinions from residents

July 19 2013, Ryukyu Shimpo

The period for public inspection of the application documents submitted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau to reclaim land off Henoko, Nago ended on July 18. The bureau submitted the application to the Okinawa governor for permission to carry out the landfill necessary...

DNA testing identifies Japanese soldier killed in Battle of Okinawa

July 25 2013, Ryukyu Shimpo

A DNA test carried out by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has identified remains found at Makabi, Naha, as those of a soldier from Tokyo killed in the Battle of Okinawa. The Ministry revealed this on July 24. It has conducted DNA analysis of remains of...

Lack of rain damages sugarcane and vegetables in Okinawa

Lack of rain damages sugarcane and vegetables in Okinawa

July 20, 2013

The lack of rain in Okinawa has begun to damage crops such as sugarcane and leafy vegetables. Ongoing hot weather in other areas of Japan has seen the price of vegetables from outside Okinawa rise. The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory expects rainfall to continue to decline...

Shimabukuro becomes first Yakuzen Dietetics Master in Okinawa

Shimabukuro becomes first <em>Yakuzen</em> Dietetics Master in Okinawa

July 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chef at the Hotel Yugafuin in Nago, Go Shimabukuro, is the first person in Okinawa to pass the examination to become a Yakuzen Dietetics Master. Yakuzen is medically beneficial food based on the Chinese tradition that a balanced diet creates a healthy...