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Okinawa detects Agent Orange ingredients in barrels found on land returned by U.S. military

Okinawa detects Agent Orange ingredients in barrels found on land returned by U.S. military

July 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Construction workers unearthed dozens of barrels marked with the logo of the Dow Chemical Company at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City. The Okinawa Defense Bureau said on July 24 that it detected dioxin and other harmful ingredients in the fouling material inside the barrels and in water near the location. The levels found exceeded the Environmental Quality Standard set by the Japanese government. During the Vietnam War, the...

 

Residents to promote tourism focusing on Haneji Inland Sea

Residents to promote tourism focusing on Haneji Inland Sea

July 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Residents considered the potential of local tourism, including experience-based tourism focusing on the Haneji Inland Sea in Nago. On July 10, they listened to a lecture and took part in a sea-kayak tour. The Nago City Tourism Association organized the project. Many...

10,000 fireworks in Ocean Expo Park Summer Festival

10,000 fireworks in Ocean Expo Park Summer Festival

July 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A firework display was held in Motobu in the evening of July 13 as part of the Ocean Expo Park Summer Festival 2013. According to the organizer, 42,403 people attended the festival and enjoyed the sky lit up with 10,000 fireworks.

The festival unveiled “Suiku,”...

97-year-old motorcycle enthusiast gets new bike from children and grandchildren

97-year-old motorcycle enthusiast gets new bike from children and grandchildren

July 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ninety-seven-year-old Shinfuku Tamaki lives in Ogimi, which is known for the longevity of its residents.

Tamaki enjoys riding a 125cc motorcycle that his children and grandchildren gave him for his birthday this May.

He uses it to go from his house...

Pink Dot Okinawa, an event for sexual minorities, held in Naha

Pink Dot Okinawa, an event for sexual minorities, held in Naha

July 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pink Dot Okinawa, an event for sexual minorities, was held in the open space in front of the Tenbus Building in Makishi, Naha on July 14. The event aims to help make society comfortable for sexual minorities. A total of 800 people took part.

Pick Dot events...

U.S. military vehicles enter restricted road

U.S. military vehicles enter restricted road

July 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A convoy of ten U.S. military amphibious vehicles drove through Village Road No. 1 in Shirohara, Ginoza on July 15. Because the road through the village is only narrow the residents oppose such vehicles using it because of the risk of accidents. The U.S. military...

Peaceful Love Rock in Okinawa City

Peaceful Love Rock in Okinawa City

July 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 1,600 rock fans crowded into the Okinawa City Open Air Stage on July 14, in the final day of the 31st Peaceful Love Rock Festival 2013. Ten bands from Okinawa and other prefectures took part and this year Rock N’ Roll Band Murasaki was the last performer....

Miyagi Store opens a permanent retail space for Hokkaido products

Miyagi Store opens a permanent retail space for Hokkaido products

July 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyagi Store at the Ichiban Gai shopping avenue in the center of Okinawa City opened a permanent retail booth on July 5 for “Tastes of the North.” The store aims to promote products from Hokkaido. The store is doing this in cooperation with the Southern...

82 percent of Okinawan people oppose deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

July 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo and the Kyodo News Service have carried out a telephone opinion poll of Okinawan people asking about moving more Osprey to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Of those surveyed, 82.3 percent opposed the plan and 6.5 percent supported it....

Leader opposing move to Henoko wins 3rd term in House of Councillors election

Leader opposing move to Henoko wins 3rd term in House of Councillors election

July 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Keiko Itokazu, 65, leader of the Okinawa Social Mass Party, won a third term in the Okinawa prefectural constituency for which one seat was contested in the July 21 House of Councillors election. Itokazu, who won 294,420 votes, beat first-time candidate of the ruling...

Nago Avenue becomes a transit mall

Nago Avenue becomes a transit mall

July 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nago Avenue Association turned Nago Avenue into a transit mall limiting car traffic on July 21. They held various events providing food, music and relaxation. The association plans to hold such events once every two months. Its head, Hitoshi Urasaki, said, “We...