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Trapped sea turtle saved on Tonaki Island beach

Trapped sea turtle saved on Tonaki Island beach

June 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Nana Sasahara

On May 30, at Yubukuhama beach on Tonaki Island, a local resident found a green sea turtle unable to move in the sand and notified the village office.

The turtle was 130 cm in length. It seemed that the turtle was trapped in a hole, which she had dug to lay her eggs. The village office staff helped dig her out a bit, and the turtle was able to go back slowly to the sea by herself.

Many green turtles live in the sea surrounding...

 

US military contractor re-arrested on suspicion of murder and rape

June 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Regarding the discovery of a woman’s body in the central part of Okinawa Island, on the afternoon of June 9, the Okinawa prefectural police re-arrested former U.S. Marine and current U.S. military employee Kenneth Franklin Shinzato (formerly Gadson),...

Editorial: Ruling parties successful in prefectural assembly election, popular opposition to Henoko relocation made clear once again

June 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The will of the people has been made clear once again. It is unacceptable for the Japanese government to continue to ignore and trample upon the Okinawan people’s will.

Okinawa’s twelfth prefectural assembly election drew nationwide attention, with people...

Editorial: Reality of “period of unity and mourning” is drunk US Navy sailor driving against traffic on national highway

June 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. Navy sailor stationed on Kadena Air Base was driving under the influence of alcohol and in the wrong direction along National Route 58 in Mizugama, Kadena Town, and crashed into two kei cars (small vehicles with specific tax benefits in Japan) successively,...

Over 40 percent of Okinawans want bases withdrawn and 53 percent want Marines withdrawn

Over 40 percent of Okinawans want bases withdrawn and 53 percent want Marines withdrawn

June 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Between May 30 and June 1 Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Television Broadcasting Company (OTV) jointly conducted a public opinion poll related to the recent incident of a U.S. military base employee dumping the body of an Okinawan woman. The poll targeted Okinawans over...

Onaga’s ruling party gets big win in Okinawa prefectural assembly election

Onaga's ruling party gets big win in Okinawa prefectural assembly election

June 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yukito Toyama

On June 5, in the Okinawa prefectural assembly election, the ruling party which Governor Takeshi Onaga leads, maintained a majority, increasing three seats from 24 in the pre-election.

It was the first assembly election for Governor...

Cabinet resolution to collect remains from inside U.S. bases

June 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a Cabinet meeting on May 31, the Japanese government prepared a basic plan to promote the collection of remains of war dead and decided to engage in a policy to promote the collection of remains both within Japan and abroad. According to the basic plan, the Ministry...

Happy birthday for elephant Ryuka

Happy birthday for elephant Ryuka

May 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22 the 16th birthday party of popular Indian elephant Ryuka was celebrated at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. Children and parents who attended the party, sang the “Happy Birthday” song to help her celebrate. Ryuka, who...

Coral laying eggs in night sea of Tokashiki

Coral laying eggs in night sea of Tokashiki

May 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of May 25, local divers confirmed that coral spawned in Tokashiki Island. This occurs once during the period from May to July each year.

Around 10:20 p.m., staghorn coral and Montipora spawned at the same time, which illuminated the dark ocean....

Majority of foreign tourists dissatisfied with WiFi services in Okinawa

June 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has conducted a survey on usage of a public wireless network (WiFi) in accommodation facilities and tourist spots in Okinawa, including looking at Internet usage of foreign tourists. According to the survey, 89.6 percent of...

“No sincere solution offered”; gathered women criticize US-Japan

“No sincere solution offered”; gathered women criticize US-Japan

May 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Groups of congressional representatives and organizations advocating for the eradication of sexual violence held a rally under the title “Women are mad! Emergency Session on Murder of Okinawan Woman” on May 26 at the congressional office building for the House...