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Oliver Stone to visit Okinawa to discuss U.S. military base issue

Oliver Stone to visit Okinawa to discuss U.S. military base issue

July 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an event that celebrates the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the Ryukyu Shimpo, the newspaper will invite two-time Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone to Okinawa. The event will feature a lecture by Stone with a panel discussion. Stone will observe the U.S. military bases in Okinawa for the first time. With an interpreter present, the discussion will cover the excessive burden on Okinawa of hosting bases and U.S. military strategy. Some of...

 

Tonan Botanical Garden resumes operation

Tonan Botanical Garden resumes operation

July 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Tonan Shokubutsu Rakuen (Botanical Garden) resumed operation on July 6 after being temporarily closed for renovations. Many people, including tourists and families from within and outside the prefecture, visited the park and enjoyed the more than 1,333 species...

Okinawan media companies to start dieting project

Okinawan media companies to start dieting project

July 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Television Broadcasting and Radio Okinawa held a kick-off event for a dieting project on a stage set up in the open space in front of Palette-Kumoji Shopping Centre in Naha on July 1.

The companies named the project Ichikiro Herasu (Lose...

More MV-22s coming to Okinawa in early August

July 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense announced on July 1 that the U.S. Marine Corps will send 12 additional MV-22 Osprey aircraft to U.S. Iwakuni Air Station, Yamaguchi, from July 28 to 31. The vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft will be deployed to U.S. Marine Corps...

Kerama Islands to be designated as a national park

Kerama Islands to be designated as a national park

July 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Before the end of 2013, the Ministry of the Environment will designate the coast of the Kerama Islands as a national park. Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara announced this at a press conference on July 2. Famous for their precious coral reefs, the Kerama Islands...

54th anniversary memorial ceremony of U.S. military jet crash onto Miyamori Elementary School

54th anniversary memorial ceremony of U.S. military jet crash onto Miyamori Elementary School

July 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty-four years have passed since June 30, 1959, when a U.S. F-100 fighter from Kadena Air Base crashed into Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa City (currently Uruma City). The Ishikawa and Miyamori 630 Association held the 54th anniversary memorial ceremony...

Takae resident loses High Court battle

Takae resident loses High Court battle

June 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court rejected on June 25 an appeal by Masatsugu Isa, 51, who has been protesting against the construction of U.S. military helipads in Takae, Higashi.

The Okinawa Defense Bureau filed a lawsuit with the Naha District Court...

East Asian Critical Journals Conference aims to overcome nationalism

East Asian Critical Journals Conference aims to overcome nationalism

June 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 5th East Asian Critical Journals Conference was held on June 29 and 30 at Okinawa University to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the quarterly journal Keshi-Kaji. Editors and researchers from Asian countries discussed working to create...

Henoko reclamation to cost 231 billion yen

Henoko reclamation to cost 231 billion yen

June 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 28, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) made available to the public the application documents that the Okinawa Defense Bureau submitted to the OPG for permission to reclaim land at Henoko. They will be available for three weeks until July 18, at eight...

Okinawan leads Japan national team at 23rd World Children’s Baseball Fair

Okinawan leads Japan national team at 23rd World Children's Baseball Fair

June 27, 2013 Taichi Hirayasu of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The manager of the team, Rin Ono, said, “This will be a valuable experience for the children. I want them to grow through the event.”

Ono played baseball at Okinawa Fisheries High School. His team came second...

Yambaru kuina rescued from road accident released in forest

Yambaru kuina rescued from road accident released in forest

June 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 27, a female Yambaru kuina (Okinawan rail) rescued from a road accident was released in Yona, Kunigami. As of June 27, 20 road accidents this year have involved Yambaru kuina. This is the second highest figure after last year.

A local resident found...