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Over 6.8 million people visit Ocean Expo and Shuri Castle

Over 6.8 million people visit Ocean Expo and Shuri Castle

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A record number of people visited the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park, which consists of the Ocean Exposition area in Motobu and the Shurijo Castle area in Naha last year. According to figures released on April 8 by the Okinawa General Bureau, a total of 6,867,656 people visited the two areas in 2014, an increase of 440,000 people (6.8%) compared to the previous year. A breakdown of the statistics reveals that 4,345,261 people, an increase of 6.5%,...

 

Public service employees’ unions denounce 24-hour surveillance of Henoko protesters

Public service employees’ unions denounce 24-hour surveillance of Henoko protesters

April 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 23, 4 labor unions held an emergency session in front of the Okinawa General Bureau of the Japanese Government Cabinet Office in Naha. It included a public service union whose members work for the department which is carrying out the surveillance of protesters...

Scandinavian diplomats learn about Henoko issue from Nago Mayor

Scandinavian diplomats learn about Henoko issue from Nago Mayor

April 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Diplomats from the embassies of four Nordic countries met with Mayor Susumu Inamine on April 10 to receive a briefing on the political situation, including the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago. They heard about the mayor’s...

Editorial:Okinawa urges Obama and Abe to halt Henoko ‘injustice’

April 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is slated to meet President Barack Obama today, April 28, in Washington DC. They are expected to discuss the new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. We see action on that project being pushed forward in Okinawa by the Japanese and U.S. governments...

Events to mark the 50th anniversary of Iriomote cat’s discovery

Events to mark the 50th anniversary of Iriomote cat's discovery

April 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taketomi Municipal Office will hold events to mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Iriomote cat. The animal is a subspecies of the leopard and is only found on Iriomote Island, which is the largest of the Yaeyama Islands and the second largest island...

Leader of protest against new US base in Henoko quits because of illness

Leader of protest against new US base in Henoko quits because of illness

April 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center Hiroji Yamashiro has decided to retire from the sit-in protest at U.S. Marine Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, because of illness. On April 21, many ordinary citizens, including canoeists who protest in the sea off Henoko,...

Two male Okinawa rails killed by cars in Kunigami

Two male Okinawa rails killed by cars in Kunigami

April 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Office of the Yanbaru Nature Ranger, part of the Environment Ministry, announced on April 13 that two Okinawa rails were killed on the roads in Kunigami in March.

Traffic accidents involving the birds reach their peak around May to June, during the breeding...

Renowned golfer Isao Aoki becomes goodwill ambassador for Okinawa

Renowned golfer Isao Aoki becomes goodwill ambassador for Okinawa

April 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Isao Aoki who is one of Japan’s most successful golfers, has become a goodwill ambassador for Okinawa. Chiba Prefecture resident Aoki promised to convey the charm of Okinawa to the rest of the world. Vice Governor Mitsuo Agena gave Aoki a certificate to mark...

Okinawa Governor Onaga meets major Taiwanese economic organization

April 20, 2015 Kazuya Arakaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 19, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga who is visiting Taiwan, had a dinner meeting with executives of an economic organization comprising major Taiwanese companies at a hotel in Taipei. They talked for about two hours about promoting economic...

400 people pray for lasting peace at Shimi Festival

400 people pray for lasting peace at Shimi Festival

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 11 at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman City, “the 8th Cornerstone of Peace Memorial Shimi Festival” was held to commemorate the war dead and honor the ancestors. Shimi ritual dishes and fruits were offered at the Okinawa...

Okinawa Governor Onaga meets Chinese Premier

April 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 14, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga visited China as one of the delegates of the Association for the Promotion of International Trade Japan. Onaga met the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang, at the Great Hall...