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Itoman farmer aiming to export avocados

Itoman farmer aiming to export avocados

September 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Koei Kinjo, a farmer in the Yoza district of Itoman City, is one of few in Okinawa cultivating avocado. Producing the fruit since 2010, Kinjo succeeded in growing green and shiny avocados in clusters in a plastic greenhouse this summer. Kinjo said, “I would like to ship my avocados as specialty goods outside of Okinawa.”

He cultivates the fruit in a plastic greenhouse as well as outdoors. While the avocados cultivated outdoors were damaged...

 

Nago City Council Election: Candidates opposed to the building of a US base in Henoko win a majority

Nago City Council Election: Candidates opposed to the building of a US base in Henoko win a majority

September 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 7, the outcome of Nago City Council Election was released. The election drew national attention with candidates focusing on the for and against arguments of building a new base in Henoko to replace US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Ruling party...

AV-8B Harrier II catches fire after emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

AV-8B Harrier II catches fire after emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

September 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 5:12 p.m.on September 4, the United States Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harrier II caught fire near one of its tires after an emergency landing. The aircraft is normally stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point but was temporarily relocated...

Okinawa team wins championship at Karate 1 Premier League

Okinawa team wins championship at Karate 1 Premier League

September 1, 2014 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo

The final competition of the Karate 1 Premier League was held on August 31 at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha City. In the final of the Kata Team Division, Okinawa team, including Ryo Kyuna (Ryueiryu and Kobudo-ryuhokai), Arata Kinjo...

Okinawa Halal Chamber launched to advance into Islamic market

Okinawa Halal Chamber launched to advance into Islamic market

August 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 28, the Okinawa Products Associated Co. Ltd launched the Okinawa Halal Chamber to expand business for Okinawan products in the Islamic market in Southeast Asia. The Chamber will hold test marketing of Okinawan products in Malaysia in November and in...

More than 400 people attend memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

More than 400 people attend memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

August 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

August 22 marked 70 years since the evacuation ship Tsushima-Maru carrying many school children was sunk by a U.S. submarine. At a memorial service held at the Kozakura-no-To monument in Wakasa, Naha, about 450 people, including survivors and bereaved families...

Photographs: the 60th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Bolivia

Photographs: the 60th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Bolivia

August 25, 2014 Masaaki Umeda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

This year marks the 60th year since Okinawans emigrated to Bolivia under the immigration plan by the Ryukyu Government. After 1954, 3,385 Okinawan people emigrated to Bolivia on 19 occasions over 10 years. The migrants established a community...

The number of foreign tourists to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium significantly increasing

The number of foreign tourists to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium significantly increasing

August 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The number of foreign tourists visiting the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium has been steadily increasing.

According to the aquarium, the number was 7,770 in the 2009 fiscal year. However, it amounted to about 16,160 in 2013, increasing by roughly double over five...

Mandarin Airlines to offer regular flights between Naha, Gaoxiong from October

August 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Mandarin Airlines submitted an application to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to offer Naha-Gaoxiong flights regularly from October 26, 2014. China Airlines, a parent company of Mandarin Airlines, also decided to offer a Naha-Taipei...

Tropical day in various areas of Okinawa

August 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The weather cleared up in the Okinawa region due to an anticyclone on August 24. However, it rained heavily in some areas because the state of the atmosphere was unstable. The temperature hit 33.7 degrees in Yonaguni island. It was a tropical day in the Okinawa...

Poll finds 80% of residents favor stopping Henoko relocation work

Poll finds 80% of residents favor stopping Henoko relocation work

August 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV) carried out a telephone poll jointly on August 23 and 24 referring to the seabed drilling survey in Henoko, Nago. The Henoko bay area is the planned reclamation site for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma....