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“Very Rare!” Coral Spawning During Neap Tide Night-time Broadcast Spawning in a Tank at Churaumi Aquarium

“Very Rare!” Coral Spawning During Neap Tide  Night-time Broadcast Spawning in a Tank at Churaumi Aquarium

June 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Motobu – On the night of May 31, coral spawning was confirmed at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu. Approximately 70 species of coral are housed in the aquarium’s Coral Sea tank. Corals spawn every year between May and June, right around the time of the spring tides. This year, however, the corals spawned during neap tide. Tides, water temperature, and weather are among the factors believed to impact when corals spawn. Fumihiko Nagata, who is part of...

 

Thirty new names to be engraved on Cornerstone of Peace, bringing total to 241,593 names

Thirty new names to be engraved on Cornerstone of Peace, bringing total to 241,593 names

June 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On June 1, the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s Peace Support and Gender Equality Division announced that in FY 2020, it will engrave an additional 30 names on the Cornerstone of Peace monument in Mabuni, Itoman, on which are engraved the names of...

Chrysanthemum farmer has to dispose of 15% of his stock as coronavirus causes decrease in public funerals, participation in tomb sweeping festival

Chrysanthemum farmer has to dispose of 15% of his stock as coronavirus causes decrease in public funerals, participation in tomb sweeping festival

May 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Daitetsu Teruya and Sanenori Kinjo

 

Nanbu – Chrysanthemum farmers, who were already facing a harsh business environment due to low prices in recent years, have taken a major hit due to the effects of the coronavirus. With the declaration of...

Drive-thru giveaway: come get a free tadpole or beetle from this local breeder

Drive-thru giveaway: come get a free tadpole or beetle from this local breeder

May 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Masayasu Minei

 

Yaga, Nago City—Nowadays, it is rare to see native species of tadpoles (takamah-mi in the Okinawan language), crucian carp (tah-iyu), stag beetles, and horned beetles; but Makoto Zamami, 70, has bred and propagated...

Cost of land reclamation in two zones in Henoko rise by 13.5 billion yen to 51.3 billon yen total

Cost of land reclamation in two zones in Henoko rise by 13.5 billion yen to 51.3 billon yen total

May 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 28 it came to light that, in March of this year, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) ordered additional construction projects for the land reclamation work on the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, thereby increasing the original cost of...

“Kariyushi Cabinet Meeting” cancelled over coronavirus concerns, Okinawa to hold off on sending annual gift

“Kariyushi Cabinet Meeting” cancelled over coronavirus concerns, Okinawa to hold off on sending annual gift

May 28, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – The Japanese government decided to cancel an annual cabinet meeting where the cabinet members all wear Kariyushi shirts in what has been dubbed the “Kariyushi Cabinet Meeting” May 27.

This year’s meeting was cancelled both due to the effects...

Protecting Japanese white-eye chicks with a parasol “Feeling like a bird parent” Chatan’s Mr. Yonaha, looking forward to baby birds fledging

Protecting Japanese white-eye chicks with a parasol “Feeling like a bird parent” Chatan’s Mr. Yonaha, looking forward to baby birds fledging

May 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chatan – A Japanese white-eye built its nest in Zenkei Yonaha’s satsuma orange tree in Chatan, Chatan Town. Three baby birds had hatched by May 27. Yonaha uses a parasol or branches to cover and protect the nest while the parents are off searching for food. “I...

Nesting eagles halt JSDF base construction

Nesting eagles halt JSDF base construction

May 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sometime before May 22, the Okinawa Defense Bureau found that the crested serpent eagle, a nationally protected species, is nesting at the future site of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force base in Hirae-oomata, Ishigaki City. Subsequently, the bureau suspended construction...

Loud noise and foul smells prevent residents near Kadena Air Base from opening windows to help prevent coronavirus infection

Loud noise and foul smells prevent residents near Kadena Air Base from opening windows to help prevent coronavirus infection

May 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

(Kadena) Ensuring good ventilation is an important measure to prevent the spread of infection of the novel coronavirus, but residents of Kadena Town, Okinawa, who live side by side with the U.S. military’s Kadena Air Base, where aircraft engage...

Strengthen your immune system with radio karate along with a Naha Tomari Elementary school teacher

Strengthen your immune system with radio karate along with a Naha Tomari Elementary school teacher

May 25, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Kotaro Nagamine

In order to provide some energy for the children who are still stuck at home from school due to the coronavirus Naha’s Tomari Elementary School teacher Bunshiro Nagamine, 43, has been uploading “Radio Karate” videos to YouTube. In the...

Nakijin Agu pigs may disappear and they need your help

Nakijin Agu pigs may disappear and they need your help

May 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Kina

Nakijin, Okinawa—The Nakijin Agu pork may disappear as sales have been disrupted by the novel coronavirus outbreak and its producer faces a business crisis. Nakijin Agu is said to be the only breed of pigs native to Okinawa, and unlike other...