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US Marines to expand special-use airspace over Central Training Area in Okinawa

US Marines to expand special-use airspace over Central Training Area in Okinawa

July 17, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

The U.S. Marine Corps plans to raise the vertical limit of the restricted airspace for aircraft training over the Central Training Area in Okinawa. This training area is near Camp Hansen in Kin and Ginoza, and Camp Schwab in Nago. The Marine Corps reported the change in its “2025 Strategic Vision”, published by the Marine Corps Installation Pacific (MCIPAC) last year.

The report says, “MCIPAC...

 

Designer Ishibashi working to promote Okinawan traditional Uji-dyeing

Designer Ishibashi working to promote Okinawan traditional <em>Uji</em>-dyeing

July 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an effort to promote the fascinating art of Uji (sugarcane)-dyeing nationwide, Yumiko Ishibashi, a designer and tailor living in Kyoto, has been creating a line of products. At-tracted to Uji-dyeing, which is a signature fabric-dying style of...

Transfer of Aerial refuelling aircraft from Futenma to Iwakuni starts

Transfer of Aerial refuelling aircraft from Futenma to Iwakuni starts

July 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 15, the United States Marine Corps in Okinawa started moving 15 KC-130 aerial refuelling tankers to the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture from Futenma Air Station.

The first batch of the two aircraft left for Iwakuni on the...

Okinawa chooses NTT Communications Corp to install an underwater cable connecting Okinawa, areas around Tokyo and Asian countries

Okinawa chooses NTT Communications Corp to install an underwater cable connecting Okinawa, areas around Tokyo and Asian countries

July 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government chose Tokyo-based NTT Communications Corp to install an underwater cable connecting Okinawa, areas around Tokyo and Asian countries on July 17. With a vision to make Okinawa an information hub for Asia, the government will work...

Baby saw sharks born at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Baby saw sharks born at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

July 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, 12 saw sharks were born at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu. It was the first time that a saw shark became pregnant and succeeded in giving birth to its babies at the aquarium. This is a rare, successful case for aquariums around the world because...

Government to set up a special team at Okinawa’s police headquarters to tighten security for Henoko

July 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government has instructed the National Police Agency to strengthen security surrounding protests over seabed drilling in Henoko, Nago, where U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is due to be relocated. The Okinawa Prefectural Police plans to set up a public...

Okinawan farmer taking on the challenge to grow apples in the prefecture

Okinawan farmer taking on the challenge to grow apples in the prefecture

July 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Morinobu Tobaru has been trying to cultivate apples in the Nodake district of Ginowan City. He succeeded in cultivating shinanosuit, a type of apple.

The fruit is blue-green, not like red apples. Tobaru said, “It tastes as sweet as regular apples.”...

Symposium promoting friendly Japan-China relations through languages held in Okinawa

Symposium promoting friendly Japan-China relations through languages held in Okinawa

July 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On 6 July, a symposium to promote a future of friendly Japan-China relations through the learning of languages was held at the Okinawa City Civic Hall in Yaeshima, Okinawa City. With Professor Moritake Tomikawa of the Okinawa International University as coordinator,...

Okinawan rock music event Peaceful Love Rock Festival 2014 held

Okinawan rock music event Peaceful Love Rock Festival 2014 held

July 14. 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 32nd Peaceful Love Rock Festival 2014 was held at the Okinawa City Open Air Stage on July 12 and 13. Legendary Okinawan rock musicians performed, exciting the audience with their heavy, original pieces on the night of the summer.

Ten bands, including Haebaru...

[Editorial]Treaties show that Japan’s annexation of the Ryukyu Kingdom was an unjustified act

July 12, 2014 Ryukyu shimpo

Three treaties, which were signed between the Ryukyu Kingdom and other countries about 160 years ago have provided a new perspective on the current state of Okinawa, its modern history and the hardships experienced by Okinawan people.

These treaties will...

Typhoon Neoguri leaves 40 people injured and 2.2 billion yen in agricultural damage

July 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Typhoon Neoguri, which is called No. 8 in Japan, caused heavy damage in Okinawa on July 10. It was the first time Japan used a special danger alert.

On Tokashiki Island, the meteorological observatory measured a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 53 kilometers...