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Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to be co-representative of Henoko Fund

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to be co-representative of Henoko Fund

May 8, 2015 Kazuya Arakaki and Aiya Hokama of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, it was revealed that film director Hayao Miyazaki intends to become a co-representative of the “Henko Fund,” which was established with the aim of preventing the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago City. This information was provided to the Ryukyu Shimpo by Studio Ghibli. Hayao Miyazaki is well known and highly regarded world-wide as a director of anime films, and has won an American...

 

Okinawa Governor to visit US to voice opposition to Henoko relocation plan

Okinawa Governor to visit US to voice opposition to Henoko relocation plan

May 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 11, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced that Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will visit the United States from May 27 to June 5. Onaga plans to stay in Washington D.C. from May 31 to June 4. He intends to convey to U.S. government officials, lawmakers,...

Man finally finds remains of sister killed during Battle of Okinawa

Man finally finds remains of sister killed during Battle of Okinawa

May 5, 2015 Reiko Akamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

Battle of Okinawa survivor Shigeru Hoshikado, 84, of Urasoe city, on May 3 successfully located what is believed to be the remains of his younger sister, with the help of a volunteer group dedicated to recovering the remains of the war dead. His sister...

Naha Harii dragon boat race

Naha Harii dragon boat race

May 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The 41st Naha Harii dragon boat race has attracted thousands of spectators. Participants paddled on Okinawan dragon boats to pray for good catches and safety at sea. On the final day, May 5, the main race attracted 95,000 visitors, according to the organizers. At...

Law experts: It’s possible to cancel approval of new U.S military base construction

Law experts: It’s possible to cancel approval of new U.S military base construction

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Review Committee which is investigating the possibility of cancelling the approval for the construction of a new U.S. Military Base consists of lawyers and administrative law experts in Okinawa. On May 1, the committee members visited the Okinawa Prefectural Government...

Okinawa Governor urges Defense Minister to respect right to self-determination regarding new US base

Okinawa Governor urges Defense Minister to respect right to self-determination regarding new US base

May 10, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Defense Minister Gen Nakatani had their first meeting on May 9 at the prefectural government office in Naha. Onaga asked Nakatani to cancel the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. The governor...

Big Bluefin tuna landed at Ishigaki fishing port

Big Bluefin tuna landed at Ishigaki fishing port

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 30, a 318-kilogram pacific Bluefin tuna was landed at Ishigaki fishing port. The enormous catch brought great excitement to the port.
The captain of the fishing boat Takashi Higa, who caught the tuna said, “I feel wonderful. I believe...

Polls show growing nationwide opposition to Henoko relocation

Polls show growing nationwide opposition to Henoko relocation

May 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Opinion polls recently conducted by national newspapers in Japan have shown that a growing segment of the population in mainland Japan is critical of the government’s attitude toward the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko...

Disabled seniors pass level 4 English Language Proficiency test at their first attempt

Disabled seniors pass level 4 English Language Proficiency test at their first attempt

May 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventy-one-year-old Nobuko Yoza and 66-year-old Tomoko Taira, who are both members of a center for the disabled, have passed level four of the Eiken English Language Proficiency test. The Toyanosato facility is located in the Toya district of Yomitan. Yoza and Taira...

Getto galingale gives off a fragrant scent as summer begins

Getto galingale gives off a fragrant scent as summer begins

April 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Early summer has come, and Getto galingale is in full bloom. The flowers are lending a nostalgic aura to cultural heritage sites such as Benzaitendo by the Enkan pond at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha.

Getto is also known as Sannin in the Okinawan language...

Okinawa Governor conveys his intention of investigating Henoko to central government

Okinawa Governor conveys his intention of investigating Henoko to central government

April 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) will carry out a survey in the sea off Henoko between May 11 and 25, to investigate how corals have been damaged by concrete blocks installed by the Okinawa Defense Bureau. Currently, the Ministry of Defense is conducting preparation...