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Big Bluefin tuna landed at Ishigaki fishing port

Big Bluefin tuna landed at Ishigaki fishing port

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of April 30, a 318-kilogram pacific Bluefin tuna was landed at Ishigaki fishing port. The enormous catch brought great excitement to the port.
The captain of the fishing boat Takashi Higa, who caught the tuna said, “I feel wonderful. I believe this fishing season is going to be excellent. It is just getting started.”

The fishing season for pacific Bluefin tuna started in early April near Ishigaki Island. According to the Yaeyama...

 

Polls show growing nationwide opposition to Henoko relocation

Polls show growing nationwide opposition to Henoko relocation

May 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Opinion polls recently conducted by national newspapers in Japan have shown that a growing segment of the population in mainland Japan is critical of the government’s attitude toward the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko...

Disabled seniors pass level 4 English Language Proficiency test at their first attempt

Disabled seniors pass level 4 English Language Proficiency test at their first attempt

May 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventy-one-year-old Nobuko Yoza and 66-year-old Tomoko Taira, who are both members of a center for the disabled, have passed level four of the Eiken English Language Proficiency test. The Toyanosato facility is located in the Toya district of Yomitan. Yoza and Taira...

Getto galingale gives off a fragrant scent as summer begins

Getto galingale gives off a fragrant scent as summer begins

April 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Early summer has come, and Getto galingale is in full bloom. The flowers are lending a nostalgic aura to cultural heritage sites such as Benzaitendo by the Enkan pond at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha.

Getto is also known as Sannin in the Okinawan language...

Okinawa Governor conveys his intention of investigating Henoko to central government

Okinawa Governor conveys his intention of investigating Henoko to central government

April 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) will carry out a survey in the sea off Henoko between May 11 and 25, to investigate how corals have been damaged by concrete blocks installed by the Okinawa Defense Bureau. Currently, the Ministry of Defense is conducting preparation...

Nepalese students hold memorial service to pray for homeland

Nepalese students hold memorial service to pray for homeland

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, the International Center Of Language & Culture Institute of Japanese Language held memorial services at its campus in Naha City. Seventy-one people, including international students from Nepal and school staff attended and laid flowers. Two memorial...

Major rally against Henoko relocation to be held May 17

Major rally against Henoko relocation to be held May 17

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of civic leaders opposing the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago announced at a press conference in Naha on April 30 that a major rally against the base construction will be held on May 17 at 1 p.m. at Okinawa Cellular Stadium...

JCG officer: “If a protester dies, I’ll let you know”

May 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is carrying out offshore construction activity as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. On April 28, a ship carrying protesters against the new base was capsized. One of the citizens...

JCG officers board craft carrying Henoko protesters, making it capsize

JCG officers board craft carrying Henoko protesters, making it capsize

April 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is carrying out offshore construction activity as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. A ship with four citizens protesting against the activity was capsized close to a marine construction...

Sea turtle appears on the day Unjami festival honors the sea gods 

Sea turtle appears on the day Unjami festival honors the sea gods 

April 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning of April 21 (March 3 in the old lunar calendar), a sea turtle showed up at Sumuide beach, Yagaji Island near Nago. The turtle laid eggs and went back to the sea in a few minutes. This was on the day of Unjami festival which honors the sea gods....

70 years after US occupation: Ceremony on Ie Island rejects war

70 years after US occupation: Ceremony on Ie Island rejects war

April 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ie Village held a peace memorial ceremony on April 21 at Hokon no To tower in Mura Nishiemae to mourn 3,500 villagers lost during the Battle of Okinawa. About 350 family members of the victims and villagers solemnly laid flowers in memory of the war victims and...