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Flights between Naha and Chengdu to start in July

June 8, 2014 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

China Eastern Airlines plans to launch regular flights between Naha and Chengdu district of Sichuan province in Southwest China in the middle of July.

The company will apply to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to commence flights. It will launch round-trip flights three times a week by using the Boeing 737 with 165 seats. There are two regular flight services between Naha and cities of the mainland of China, including...

 

Shelter built by students for the Japanese Imperial Army during the Battle of Okinawa to be exhibited

Shelter built by students for the Japanese Imperial Army during the Battle of Okinawa to be exhibited

June 3, 2014 Ami Chibana of Ryukyu Shimpo

On the site of Shurijo Castle Park in the Tonokura district of Shuri, Naha, lies Ryukon Go Cave, built by male students of the Okinawa Teacher’s School during the Battle of Okinawa.

The park administration office plans to preserve the cave.

It...

Eight pigs run away on national highway

Eight pigs run away on national highway

May 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eight pigs’ ran away on the national highway in Yonabaru during traffic congestion, causing a major scene. At around 8:45 a.m. on May 30, at the intersection in Yonabaru, a barrier on the rear part of a cargo truck carrying about 30 pigs, fell down, and eight...

OIST’s researchers establish technique to identify individual coral by DNA profiling

May 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chuya Shinzato and his research team at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) announced on May 23 that they had established a technique to identify individual Acropora coral through DNA testing. The Acropora is the world’s most...

Okinawan pork exports to Hong Kong reach a new high

Okinawan pork exports to Hong Kong reach a new high

June 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan pork exports to Hong Kong have increased by more than double.
According to a government survey on meat distributors in the prefecture, pork exports for the 2013 fiscal year amounted to 40.9 tons – a new record. This represents a 61.5 percent increase...

Court rejects Henoko residents’ call for a new impact assessment

Court rejects Henoko residents' call for a new impact assessment

May 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court passed a judgment on the initial appeal of about 300 citizens living near Camp Schwab in the Henoko district of Nago. The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the area,...

Itoman Harley dragon-boat race held

Itoman <em>Harley</em> dragon-boat race held

June 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4 of the old lunar calendar (June 1), also known as Yukka-nu-hi, Harley dragon-boat races were held in various locations around Okinawa to wish for a safe and prosperous fishing season.

The Harley race held at the Itoman Fishing...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama: “Okinawa will serve as a hub for peace in East Asia”

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama:

June 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The East Asian Community Research Institute held a symposium to commemorate the opening of the Ryukyu Okinawa Center in Naha at a hotel in Naha. About 700 people, including scholars and peace advocates, took part in the May 31 symposium. They discussed the potential...

Government to expand restricted area for fishing two kilometers off the coast of Henoko

Government to expand restricted area for fishing two kilometers off the coast of Henoko

May 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government will expand the restricted area for fishing near the planned relocation site for Futenma Air Base.

The government regulates fishing in the water surrounding the relocation site at Henoko based on the Restriction on Operation of Fishing Vessels...

An orange-headed thrush spotted in Kumejima Town

An orange-headed thrush spotted in Kumejima Town

May 29, 2014 Tetsuya Nakajima, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19 at Shinri beach in Kumejima Town, bird research duo Hatsuko and Kazunori Maehara spotted a female orange-headed thrush – a rare species in Japan. The married couple from Chiba prefecture visited the island for bird-banding...

U.S. military to station drones at Kadena Air Base in 2017

May 26, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

In a conference held in Washington D.C., U.S. Navy Admiral Jonathan Greenert stated the U.S. military plans to station unmanned aerial surveillance aircraft Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton in Okinawa from 2017.

The...