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Government to expand restricted area for fishing two kilometers off the coast of Henoko

Government to expand restricted area for fishing two kilometers off the coast of Henoko

May 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government will expand the restricted area for fishing near the planned relocation site for Futenma Air Base.

The government regulates fishing in the water surrounding the relocation site at Henoko based on the Restriction on Operation of Fishing Vessels Act. Currently, this area is set as Water area 1, where operation of fishing vessels is prohibited at all times up to 50 meters offshore from the coast. The government will expand the restricted area...

 

An orange-headed thrush spotted in Kumejima Town

An orange-headed thrush spotted in Kumejima Town

May 29, 2014 Tetsuya Nakajima, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19 at Shinri beach in Kumejima Town, bird research duo Hatsuko and Kazunori Maehara spotted a female orange-headed thrush – a rare species in Japan. The married couple from Chiba prefecture visited the island for bird-banding...

U.S. military to station drones at Kadena Air Base in 2017

May 26, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

In a conference held in Washington D.C., U.S. Navy Admiral Jonathan Greenert stated the U.S. military plans to station unmanned aerial surveillance aircraft Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton in Okinawa from 2017.

The...

Okinawan tuna fishing boats have their trawl lines cut off 15 times

Okinawan tuna fishing boats have their trawl lines cut off 15 times

May 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In waters about 110 kilometers southwest of the main Island of Okinawa, seven tuna fishing boats had their trawl lines cut off by an unknown party.

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) reported that 15 incidents had occurred from May 16 to 25. The boats,...

Tianjin Airlines’ charter flight service to start from June

May 23, 2014 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

Tianjin Airlines, based in Tianjin, China, will operate its charter flights to Naha from June 1. Charter flights by Tianjin Airlines will run every Thursday and Sunday for one year.

Since September 2012, when the relationship between Japan and...

A memorial service for Okinawan war dead held in Tinian

A memorial service for Okinawan war dead held in Tinian

May 28, 2014 Hisao Tome reports from Tinian

The 37th memorial service for the Okinawan war dead was held at the Tower of Okinawa in Tinian on May 27. About 100 people, including Okinawan returnees from Tenian, their families and local officials, attended the memorial service. They consoled...

Ospreys eight times louder than the CH-53 helicopter

Ospreys eight times louder than the CH-53 helicopter

May 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Takeshi Tokashiki, an associate professor at the University of the Ryukyus, has surveyed the frequency of noise emitted by the MV-22 Osprey and CH-53 helicopters stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. The survey revealed the Osprey aircraft’s noise...

Ryukyu Golden Kings win the national championship for the third time

Ryukyu Golden Kings win the national championship for the third time

May 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s national league basketball team won the championship in Japan’s professional basketball league or “bj league” at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo on May 25. In the play off for the 2013-2014 season championship, the Ryukyu Golden Kings beat...

“National treasure” hit by cars beyond designated risk-zone

“National treasure” hit by cars beyond designated risk-zone

May 21, 2014 Ryota Uehara of Ryukyu Shimpo

Seven Okinawan rails were hit and killed by cars in non-risk zones this month. The number is more than the total killed from January to April. While most accidents occur in areas where rails are known to roam and signage warns drivers to look out for...

Large coral reefs found in the seas surrounding Iriomote, Ishigaki Islands

Large coral reefs found in the seas surrounding Iriomote, Ishigaki Islands

May 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Large coral reefs were found on the deep-ocean floor off Nagura Bay, Ishigaki Island and off Iriomote Island. The reefs are at a depth of 30-55 meters. At a meeting of the 51st Okinawa Biological Society held at the University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara, on May 25,...

Okinawa Defense Bureau confirms traces of dugongs eating seaweed in the sea around Henoko

Okinawa Defense Bureau confirms traces of dugongs eating seaweed in the sea around Henoko

May 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau released a research report on the living organisms in the waters around Camp Schwab, on May 22. The research was carried out from November 2012 to March 2013. The defense bureau is proceeding with building a new base to replace Marine Corps...