Top News

Nine hundred people gather to demand fair trial from Supreme Court in Henoko lawsuit

Nine hundred people gather to demand fair trial from Supreme Court in Henoko lawsuit

November 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At noon on November 21, the All Okinawa Kaigi (All Okinawa Coalition) held a gathering in front of the Naha Branch of the Fukuoka High Court at Jogaku Park, demanding a neutral and fair trial from the Supreme Court. According to the organizers, 900 people participated in the gathering. National Diet members and members of organizations comprising the executive body of the All Okinawa Kaigi took the podium to convey their opposition to construction in Henoko,...

 

Looking to Stir Up Excitement Overseas, Okinawa Hosts the 3rd Great Okinawa Trade Fair

Looking to Stir Up Excitement Overseas, Okinawa Hosts the 3rd Great Okinawa Trade Fair

November 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s largest international food industry expo, “The 3rd Great Okinawa Trade Fair” was held on November 21 in the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. The Executive Committee of the trade fair hosted 188 suppliers from 41 different prefectures throughout...

OPG calls for an environmental assessment of Ospreys in NTA land reclamation plan

November 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 16, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) submitted a written statement of opinion to the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) regarding the plans for returning more than half of the Northern Training Area (NTA) back to Higashi and Kunigami Villages. The...

Ryukyuan food to be theme for Singaporean film “Jimami Tofu”

Ryukyuan food to be theme for Singaporean film “Jimami Tofu”

November 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 5, filming kicked off for a romantic movie called “Jimami Tofu”, which has Ryukyuan food as its central theme. On November 14, Singaporean Jason Chan, one of the main characters and the film director, and an actor from Okinawa Masane Tsukayama...

Survey shows coral in Oura is “healthy” with some bleaching

Survey shows coral in Oura is “healthy” with some bleaching

November 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group named “The Association for Fishers who Protect and Harness Beautiful Sea” conducted a survey on the coral reef in Oura Bay, Nago City, on November 16. The group consists of those who are involved in fishery and are against the construction of the...

Okinawans overjoyed at successful heart transplantation of one-year-old Himari

Okinawans overjoyed at successful heart transplantation of one-year-old Himari

November 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

One-year-old Himari Morikawa traveled to the United States to undergo a cardiac transplantation and the operation was successfully carried out on November 14. Head of “Save Himari Association,” Narimasa Tsuha, said, “We managed to be successful...

ODB produces document calling citizens’ protests to helipad construction “heinous and illegal”

November 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) has made an external informational document publicizing photographs of the citizens opposed to the construction of helipads who have entered land provided to the U.S. military. The distributed document judges the citizens’ behavior...

Efforts to preserve eight endangered languages discussed at summit in Yoron

Efforts to preserve eight endangered languages discussed at summit in Yoron

November 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naoki Isa Reporting from Yoron, Kagoshima

The 2016 Yoron Endangered Languages and Dialects Summit was held at the Yoron Community Gymnasium in Yoron, Kagoshima on October 13. It was hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Kagoshima Prefecture, and...

East Asia Publishers Conference in Okinawa addresses reviving an East Asian reading community

East Asia Publishers Conference in Okinawa addresses reviving an East Asian reading community

November 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, publishers from six regions in East Asia (namely Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Okinawa) gathered together for a public symposium in Conference Building B of the Okinawa Convention Center (OCC) in Ginowan City. The symposium...

Majority of Sekisei shoko coral reef dies with 97 % extremely severely bleached

Majority of Sekisei shoko coral reef dies with 97 % extremely severely bleached

November 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of the Environment’s Naha Office announced results from a survey on Sekisei shoko coral reef, one of the largest coral reef in Japan. The reef was being monitored for bleaching due to long-term high water temperatures this summer. The result was...

Fisherman Yamashiro: Destroying the forests will kill the ocean

Fisherman Yamashiro: Destroying the forests will kill the ocean

November 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, a protest boat took to the sea for the first time in the protest movement against the U.S. military helipads being constructed in Takae. The protest boat was manned by fisherman Yoshikatsu Yamashiro, age 72. Yamashiro waited on the boat for his...