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Gov. Onaga asks for cancelation of new base at his first meeting with US officials

June 4, 2015 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with the State Department Office of Japanese Affairs Director Joe Young and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Cara Abercrombie on June 3 at the U.S. State Department. The Governor urged the U.S. government to abandon the plan to build a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, and move the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Ginowan outside of Okinawa. This is the first time he...

 

Saipan memorial participants renew pledge not to wage war ever again

Saipan memorial participants renew pledge not to wage war ever again

May 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 25, the 46th Nanyo Gunto Okinawa Memorial Ceremony was held at the Tower of Okinawa in Saipan. The ceremony was held to console the souls of the war dead, who died during the battle near the end of the Asia-Pacific War in 1944. About 140 people, including returnees...

Opinion poll: 77% support canceling the former governor’s approval of landfill Henoko

Opinion poll: 77% support canceling the former governor's approval of landfill Henoko

June 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV) carried out a telephone poll on the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma relocation issue on May 30 and 31.

According to the poll, 77.2 percent of respondents support Governor Takeshi Onaga’s...

“Kokusai dori yatai mura” opens on June 19 at the site after Grand Orion

“Kokusai dori yatai mura” opens on June 19 at the site after Grand Orion

May 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 28 at Tenbusu Hall in Naha City, a presentation was held to celebrate the impending opening of “Kokusai dori yatai mura” stores, which open on June 19. The event took place at the shop site, the former theatre Grand Orion in Makishi, Naha City. Twenty-two...

Chinese are biggest spenders among foreign tourists in Okinawa: survey

Chinese are biggest spenders among foreign tourists in Okinawa: survey

May 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Chinese are the top spenders among foreign tourists visiting Okinawa Prefecture, with each person dishing out an average of 155,191 yen, up 1.7% from the previous year, according to a survey released on May 27 by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG).

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War memories must be preserved; pledge made at Memorial Ceremony in Tinian

War memories must be preserved; pledge made at Memorial Ceremony in Tinian

May 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
On May 26, the 38th Tinian Memorial Ceremony for War Victims of Okinawan Descent was held at the “Okinawa Tower” located on the Carolinas Plateau in Tinian, in the Northern Mariana Islands. Around 80 people attended the memorial ceremony, their families, and local...

Gov. Onaga seeks U.S senators’ and representative’s support to block new base

Gov. Onaga seeks U.S senators’ and representative’s support to block new base

May 29, 2015 this story compiled from articles by Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with Senator Mazie Hirono and Representative Tulsi Gabbard on May 27 in Honolulu. The two are Democrats elected in Hawaii. Both serve in the Congress’s Armed Services Committees....

Rainy season starts later than usual in Okinawa

Rainy season starts later than usual in Okinawa

May 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 20, Okinawa Meteorological Observatory declared the start of rainy season in Okinawa, 11 days later than in an average year, and 15 days later than last year.

In the Amami Islands near Okinawa, the wet weather began on May 19, the earliest rainy season...

University of the Ryukyus creates database of botanical resources to encourage academic/industrial cooperation

May 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The University of the Ryukyus has created a database of botanical information collected in Okinawa. Hoping to strengthen cooperation between industry and academia, the University hopes the botanical resources can be used to help develop food and medical products....

Gov. Onaga explains Okinawa’s US military base issue to Hawaii Governor

Gov. Onaga explains Okinawa’s US military base issue to Hawaii Governor

May 31, 2015 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Honolulu

On May 30, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Hawaii Governor David Ige met for the first time in Honolulu.

At their meeting, Onaga explained that he would seek to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma outside...

400 year-old Sagaribana blooms in Okinawa

400 year-old Sagaribana blooms in Okinawa

May 17, 2015 Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo 

A Sagaribana tree, also known as Sawafuji (Barringtonia racemosa,) could be seen blossoming in Tokashiki Village on May 8. The tree has been growing there for a long time, alongside the Tokashiki River on the west side of the...