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Japanese government abandons plan to survey PFOS contamination on Kadena Air Base after being denied entrance over two consecutive years

Japanese government abandons plan to survey PFOS contamination on Kadena Air Base after being denied entrance over two consecutive years

July 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Manato Akira

The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) made requests to enter Kadena Air Base to conduct surveys in 2017 and 2018 after high concentrations of contaminants such as the organic fluorine compound PFOS were detected in rivers and springs around U.S. military bases. However, the Ryukyu Shimpo discovered on July 10 that the ODB has abandoned this approach, as the U.S. military has not granted it permission to enter the base.

Due to this, the...

 

Okinawa’s tourism revenue for 2018 at record high of 733.4-billion yen

Okinawa’s tourism revenue for 2018 at record high of 733.4-billion yen

July 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

During the regular press conference on the morning of July 19, Okinawa Prefecture Governor Denny Tamaki announced the tourism revenue, including both domestic and foreign tourists (by air) for 2018.

Compared to the previous year, it was 733.4-billion yen,...

Vietnamese refugee and Okinawan rescuer reunited after 36 years

Vietnamese refugee and Okinawan rescuer reunited after 36 years

July 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hiroe Nakagawa

After fleeing his native Vietnam, Masakazu Minami 50, (Vietnamese name: John Tai Tuan Vin), was rescued off the coast of Ho Chi Minh City by Okinawa Suisan (fishery) High School’s training vessel, the Shonan-maru. It was August 8, 1983....

Editorial: U.S. military denies entry to base preventing essential right conduct surveys

July 12, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The current situation wherein we cannot even conduct an investigation into environmental problems that could very well threaten the lives and livelihoods of Okinawans is one that we cannot approve of. The Japanese government must quickly pursue an effective policy...

Committee formed in order to inscribe Okinawa Karate on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Asset List

Committee formed in order to inscribe Okinawa Karate on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Asset List

July 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Committee for Okinawa Karate UNESCO Listing was recently formed with the goal of getting Okinawa Karate registered as an intangible cultural asset with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The committee members gathered...

Yonabaru establishes Okinawa’s first ordinance to toast with awamori

Yonabaru establishes Okinawa’s first ordinance to toast with awamori

July 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

An auspicious custom with awamori.

On July 9, in hopes of passing on the culture of and to promote Ryukyu awamori, the Yonabaru Town Council unanimously agreed on Okinawa Prefecture’s first “ordinance that promotes toasting with Yonabaru Town’s Ryukyu...

Assistant Professor Shitara captures photograph of Iriomote cat kitten on Iriomote Island

Assistant Professor Shitara captures photograph of Iriomote cat kitten on Iriomote Island

July 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently, Assistant Professor Takuto Shitara of the Iriomote Station at the University of the Ryukyus Biosphere Research Center succeeded in photographing an Iriomote cat kitten.

Iriomote cats are Special Natural Monuments of Japan, peculiar to Taketomi Town...

Music played with the fingers!? This is Okinawan summer’s “traditional performance art”

Music played with the fingers!? This is Okinawan summer’s “traditional performance art”

July 16, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Hiroki Ohashi

Okinawa’s finger-whistling music can be heard cheering on the teams at high school baseball games and at Eisa performances. On July 7, Finger-Whistling Day, a “Summer Vacation Finger-Whistling Concert 2019” was held at the JICA Okinawa...

Koza City attracts tourists as “military-base town”

Koza City attracts tourists as “military-base town”

July 08, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Koza City, known as “the military-base town”, is a microcosm of Okinawa. Okinawa City Tourism and Promotion Association has worked to allure visitors locally and from afar, under its president, Takashi Shimabukuro.

The association began receiving class...

Naha NPO to build community center in Egypt with MEXT support

Naha NPO to build community center in Egypt with MEXT support

July 9, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

In June, a plan by the NPO Ichiman-nin Idobata Kaigi, which runs the Hantagawa Community Center in Naha, Okinawa, to build community centers in Egypt was adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as a “project for promoting...

350 people protest Futenma Replacement Facility as Camp Schwab sit-ins enter sixth year

350 people protest Futenma Replacement Facility as Camp Schwab sit-ins enter sixth year

July 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 6 about 350 people gathered in front of a Camp Schwab gate, demonstrating their opposition to the construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, for the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma).

This...