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High levels of PFOS detected in Kin Town, the highest level at site adjacent to US base

High levels of PFOS detected in Kin Town, the highest level at site adjacent to US base

March 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

It came to light on March 11 that through a water quality study conducted on the rivers and drainage channels in Kin Town, Okinawa Prefecture, high concentrations of organic fluorine compounds (PFOS/PFOA), the use of which is principally prohibited within Japan, were detected in 3 places.

Given that the highest detected values of these compounds were found at a site adjacent to the U.S. Camp Hansen, the Kin Town government claims that it is highly probably...

 

What is eisa? Lecture series attracts 270 participants

What is eisa?  Lecture series attracts 270 participants

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Eisa Museum (Eisa Kaikan) opened two years ago in Koza Music Town, Okinawa City, as a hub to inform on all things eisa—a traditional Okinawan performance.

Its main project, the “Eisa University” lecture series, has been gained popularity.

The...

Jade Vine in Bloom Best Time to See the Enchanting Greenery

Jade Vine in Bloom  Best Time to See the Enchanting Greenery

March 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the home of Chieko Yogi in Shuritera, Naha, a jade vine is blooming beautifully.

Her neighbors are enjoying the lovely jade color. According to Yogi, the flowers will probably last until the end of March.

The jade vine is a climbing plant native...

Okinawa to raise Employment Adjustment Subsidy as an emergency measure to aid businesses affected by the coronavirus

Okinawa to raise Employment Adjustment Subsidy as an emergency measure to aid businesses affected by the coronavirus

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki announced emergency measures to support business owners suffering from the effects COVID-19 such as the sharp decrease in sales March 9 at an emergency press conference.

Governor Tamaki indicated, “The complex...

Henoko locals question Okinawa Defense Bureau’s artificial turtle nests

Henoko locals question Okinawa Defense Bureau’s artificial turtle nests

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
Henoko, Nago City—On March 9, the Okinawa Defense Bureau proceeded to fill the coast with sand and dirt as part of the land reclamation project to build a new U.S. military base for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Workers...

Okinawa university students appeal to U.N. Secretary-General to visit Okinawa

Okinawa university students appeal to U.N. Secretary-General to visit Okinawa

March 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Please look at what’s happening in Okinawa.”

That is the message of a letter sent by around 40 students at Okinawa International University to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who will be visiting Japan in August.

The Secretary-General...

NIAC predicts employment could fall by 7,690 jobs this year due to decrease in tourism from coronavirus

March 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nansei shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC, Mitsuru Omine, chairman), announced March 5 their estimation for the effect the coronavirus would have on Okinawa’s economy.

The organization predicts that if from February through May, the number of...

Basic Repairs on the Dragon Pillars which Remained Standing After the Fire at Shuri Castle

Basic Repairs on the Dragon Pillars which Remained Standing After the Fire at Shuri Castle

February 28, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 27, in Shurijo Castle Park, Naha, Okinawa, basic repairs began on the Giant Dragon Pillars that were damaged in the Shuri Castle Fire. The fire destroyed parts of the castle, including the main hall, last October.
 
According to the...

Chatan town to buy returned U.S. military base land contaminated with dioxins from landowner

Chatan town to buy returned U.S. military base land contaminated with dioxins from landowner

March 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Manato Akira, Wakana Arakaki, and Mikako Shimoji

Waste containing high concentrations of dioxins was found at a returned U.S. military base site in Kamiseido, Chatan Town in Okinawa Prefecture, which had been designated for the construction of a residence....

Defense Bureau says Henoko landfill will proceed amid coronavirus precautions

Defense Bureau says Henoko landfill will proceed amid coronavirus precautions

March 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau stated on March 2 that the land reclamation work to add a new U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago City, will not be suspended as part of the ongoing efforts to control the spread of the new coronavirus strain, COVID-19.

The bureau...

Ginowan brand Binryu exhibits bingata wallpaper collection in France

Ginowan brand Binryu exhibits bingata wallpaper collection in France

March 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
Yoko Oshiro reports

Starting on January 17, Europe’s largest home décor fair, Maison et Objet, was held for five days at the Villepinte Exhibition Center in the suburbs of Paris. The wallpaper collection from Binryu, the original brand of Araya Planning,...