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Defense Minister announces Henoko drilling survey deadline to be extended to end of September

June 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference following a cabinet meeting on June 30, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced that the deadline for completing the drilling survey being carried out in preparation for the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko, Nago City would be extended until September 30.

The deadline was previously set for June 30. This is the third time the survey deadline has been extended.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Nakatani reaffirmed that the land...

 

Symposium to mark 50th anniversary of discovery of Iriomote wild cat

Symposium to mark 50th anniversary of discovery of Iriomote wild cat

June 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Iriomote wild cats, classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, can only be found on Iriomote Island in Taketomi Town. On the afternoon of June 28, a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of its discovery was held...

Okinawa takes steps to make Okinawan cuisine part of cultural heritage

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture’s schools superintendent, Akira Moromizato, announced the start of a study aiming to designate an Okinawan dish as “intangible cultural heritage.” During the plenary session at the prefectural assembly on June 24, he stated, “We would...

University of the Ryukyus criticizes government’s request to raise flag and sing anthem

University of the Ryukyus criticizes government's request to raise flag and sing anthem

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24 at a regular media meeting, President Hajime Oshiro of the University of Ryukyus criticized the central government’s requests to display the national flag and have participants sing the anthem at entrance and graduation ceremonies. On June 16, Hirofumi...

Shipments of Awamori slide for 10th consecutive year

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, The Okinawa Regional Taxation Office released taxation figures on alcoholic beverages shipped by breweries in Okinawa Prefecture during fiscal 2014. Shipments of all alcoholic beverages declined 4.0% over the year to 71,258 kiloliters, generating 10.53...

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, at the ongoing regular June session of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, Governor Takeshi Onaga described the soul of Okinawa as “living with pride, honoring the hard work and struggles of our ancestors, and wishing that our children and grandchildren...

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to build facility for children in Kumejima

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to build facility for children in Kumejima

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki is planning to build a community facility for children in Zenda Forest Park of Kumejima. Miyazaki will invest 300 million yen into construction of the facility as a donation to the town. Kumejima Town will provide...

Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Times issue joint protest statement over Hyakuta remarks

June 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Novelist Naoki Hyakuta’s claim that the two newspapers of Okinawa should be shut down is an example of suppression of free speech; media will only be allowed to report on what meets the intentions of the administration. These are absurd remarks that deny the...

Novelist Hyakuta attacks Okinawan media at LDP’s meeting; “The two newspapers of Okinawa should be shut down.”

June 26, 2015 compiled from reports of Ryukyu Shimpo and Kyodo News

About 40 young Liberal-Democratic Party lawmakers close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a study session to promote revising the Constitution on June 25 at the party headquarters.

A lawmaker who took part in the meeting...

Children from Shuri enjoy Zimbabwean music performance

Children from Shuri enjoy Zimbabwean music performance

June 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 16, Social welfare corporation Network Sousei hosted a concert with Zimbabwean music group JENAGURU performing at Shuri Community Hall in Shuri, Naha. Zimbabwe is located in the Southern part of Africa, and the JENAGURU performs traditional music from that...

Plaque bearing Mr Weizsäcker’s peace message unveiled at Meio University

Plaque bearing Mr Weizsäcker's peace message unveiled at Meio University

June 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Meio University has set up a commemorative plaque honoring late Richard von Weizsäcker’s peace message beside a Hikanzakura cherry tree he previously planted at the campus in Nago.

Weizsäcker, the first President of Germany after unification, was...