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Naha airport International cargo shipments amounts to over 180,000 tons

February 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the statistics by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, international cargo shipments to and from Naha airport in 2014 amounted to 185,087 tons – double the amount in 2008. The figure is twice that of 2008, when All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) had not yet started its international airfreight project. This is the first time the total amount of cargo transaction has exceeded 180,000 tons. The statistics were referred...

 

US military carries out Osprey training at new helipad in Takae for the first time

US military carries out Osprey training at new helipad in Takae for the first time

February 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military plans to build military helipads as a condition of the partial return of its Northern Training Area. At a newly built helipad in the N4 area on February 24, local citizens confirmed the U.S. military had carried out MV-22 Osprey aircraft training....

Big catch flags waving on Lunar New Year in Itoman

Big catch flags waving on Lunar New Year in Itoman

February 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 19, which is the Lunar New Year, the fishing village of Itoman was surrounded by a vibrant scene. Many fishing ships hoisted colorful flags praying for good catch and safety. Worshippers, who have wooden boxes, containing food offerings to gods, visited...

Increase in foreign tourists visiting Okinawa leads to shortage in hotel rooms

February 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The number of foreign tourists visiting Okinawa rapidly increased during observation of the Lunar New Year which began on February 18. The shortage of hotel rooms in Okinawa has been due to overlapping events such as professional baseball spring training...

Naha City Assembly adopts a resolution asking the Japanese government to stop taking excessive actions against Henoko protesters

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha City Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution asking the Japanese government to stop the land reclamation work at Henoko to build a new U.S. air base and taking excessive actions against citizens protesting the work (33 votes in favor versus 4 against)....

Henoko sit-in protesters released after being detained by US forces

Henoko sit-in protesters released after being detained by US forces

February 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of February 23, the Naha District Public Prosecutor’s Office released Hiroji Yamashiro, 62, the director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, and Daigaku Tanimoto, 63, from Miyakojima City. The two men were arrested on suspicion of violating...

Samba duo Miyagi sisters become tourism ambassadors for Ogimi Village

Samba duo Miyagi sisters become tourism ambassadors for Ogimi Village

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 16, the Samba duo Miyagi sisters became the first tourism ambassadors for Ogimi Village. Their parents were from the Nerome district of the village. The Miyagi sisters have been participating actively in Brazil where samba dance originated. A spokesperson...

Yonaguni referendum shows majority favor JGSDF deployment

Yonaguni referendum shows majority favor JGSDF deployment

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense plans to place a coastal monitoring unit for the Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) on Yonaguni Island. A referendum asking residents if they accept the unit was held on February 22. The polls showed that a majority favored the JSDF deployment....

Seeking a course: forum to discuss self-determination for Okinawa

Seeking a course: forum to discuss self-determination for Okinawa

February 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 15 at the Okinawa International University, Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa International University Institute of General Industrial Research held a forum called “Seeking a course-discussions of Okinawa’s right to self-determination.”

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International exchange through world home cuisine

International exchange through world home cuisine

February 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of February 8, The 18th World Food Festival was held to foster the international exchange at Nago Civil Hall. Participants enjoyed home cuisines from 11 countries, including Ghana, Hawaii, India, and Morocco, which took part in the event for the...

2,800 protesters demand government stop construction of new US base in Henoko

2,800 protesters demand government stop construction of new US base in Henoko

February 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The governments of Japan and the United States are advancing the construction of a new U.S. base in Henko, Nago, in order to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan. On February 22, an Okinawan people’s rally protesting the construction...