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Schools reopen in Okinawa

Schools reopen in Okinawa

May 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa – On May 21, elementary and middle schools in Okinawa Prefecture reopened after a continued school closure due to the spread of novel coronavirus. At Misato Elementary School in Okinawa City, energetic children arriving at school in a light rain were warmly welcomed by teachers. Returning students celebrated reunions. New students seemed somewhat nervous.

Satomi Kanzato, homeroom teacher for class 1-2, asks her first graders “Who couldn’t...

 

Peace Memorial Museum reopens with few visitors, dampened active peace education

Peace Memorial Museum reopens with few visitors, dampened active peace education

May 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman City, Okinawa, reopened its doors on May 21. The museum has been temporarily closed on-and-off since mid March, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Group tours of the permanent exhibition will be unavailable at this time, to...

“It’s scary. But, I wouldn’t ask anyone to change places with me,” Trash collection specialists proud of their work

“It’s scary. But, I wouldn’t ask anyone to change places with me,” Trash collection specialists proud of their work

May 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Shinji Sano

Miyakojima – Every morning, at the same time with the same music, the garbage collection truck races around town. While most of society has stopped working or is working remotely due to the spread of COVID-19, sanitation workers have continued...

U.S. military aircraft noise disrupts school entrance ceremonies midway despite no-flight appeal

U.S. military aircraft noise disrupts school entrance ceremonies midway despite no-flight appeal

May 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 21, while elementary and junior high schools in various regions of Okinawa held opening ceremonies and school entrance ceremonies, U.S. military aircraft successively took off from and landed at Futenma Air Station. On this day, noise measurements taken by...

Photo Gallery: Take a glimpse at 1950s postwar Okinawa

Photo Gallery: Take a glimpse at 1950s postwar Okinawa

May 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Kitanakagusuku—the non-profit organization Ryukyu America Historical Research Society (chaired by Shizuo Alex Kishaba) released 207 color photographs taken between 1952 and 1954 in a press release held at Ayakari no Mori on May 15. The pictures show...

In March, sounds appearing to be dugong calls recorded 23 times total, rare coral also found

In March, sounds appearing to be dugong calls recorded 23 times total, rare coral also found

May 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

March marked the second month in a row, following February, in which sounds appearing to be dugong calls were recorded by an underwater recording device installed in the ocean at the Henoko base construction site, where a base is being built as part of the relocation...

Sunflowers at night: chrysanthemum farmer grows 50,000 sunflowers as a secondary crop

Sunflowers at night: chrysanthemum farmer grows 50,000 sunflowers as a secondary crop

May 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Nakamura

At Sunset Farm Okinawa in Gima, Yomitan, 50,000 sunflowers planted in artificially-lit chrysanthemum fields have blossomed, bringing new scenery to the farm. To make use of the farmland after the chrysanthemums have shipped, sunflower seeds...

U.S. military refurbishment of Iejima Auxiliary Airfield may increase aircraft training drills

U.S. military refurbishment of Iejima Auxiliary Airfield may increase aircraft training drills

May 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Akira Manato

 

It came to light on May 13 that the U.S. Marine Corps has started refurbishment work on a runway and airstrips on Iejima Auxiliary Airfield in Ie Village, Okinawa. Construction is scheduled for completion by late June. On a website...

“Zento Eisa,” an Eisa event that epitomizes summer in Okinawa and brought 350,000 people to Okinawa last year, has been cancelled

“Zento Eisa,” an Eisa event that epitomizes summer in Okinawa and brought 350,000 people to Okinawa last year, has been cancelled

May 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

 

Okinawa – The Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri executive committee announced May 14 that they would be canceling the 65th Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri (hosted by the executive committee: Okinawa City, Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd., Okinawa Television,...

Governor’s reversion anniversary resolve: “Address poverty and base burden”

May 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On May 14, a day before the 48th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Governor Denny Tamaki issued a statement in which he pledged to: “Continue addressing the challenges facing Okinawa, such as economic disparity with the rest of Japan,...

Great mozuku harvest

Great mozuku harvest

May 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

After a huge rainstorm the day before caused by a rainy season front, Okinawa Island was enclosed in an anticyclone and enjoyed a sunny break in the rain on May 13. Even Ishigaki Island, which experienced record rainfall, was mostly sunny. In Ishigaki...