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Japan suspended Okinawa’s order to halt Henoko reclamation work: Governor Onaga doubts its validity

Japan suspended Okinawa's order to halt Henoko reclamation work: Governor Onaga doubts its validity

March 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga urged the Okinawa Defense Bureau to halt offshore construction activity towards the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. This includes an order to stop the marine boring survey. However, Fisheries minister Yoshimasa Hayashi suspended the order by the governor on March 30. A representative of the Okinawa Defense Bureau claimed that halting the work could have a negative effect on U.S.-Japan...

 

Okinawa Governor Onaga to visit China for economic promotion

March 25 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is considering visiting China as one of delegates of the Association for the Promotion of International Trade Japan, in the middle of April. The association’s members plan to meet senior officials of the Chinese government. Onaga...

Elephants return to Fukushima after spending winter in Okinawa

Elephants return to Fukushima after spending winter in Okinawa

March 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 17, two elephants that spent the winter season at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City went back to Fukushima.

A farewell party for them was held on March 15 at the zoo.

The two Asian elephants, Tonsai and Boonthong, came to Okinawa...

Okinawa Governor Onaga and Hawaii State Governor Ige to make their first diplomatic visits to the sister-islands

Okinawa Governor Onaga and Hawaii State Governor Ige to make their first diplomatic visits to the sister-islands

March 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 17, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga expressed his intention to take part in the 30th anniversary ceremony of a sister-state affiliation between Okinawa and Hawaii. The ceremony will be held in Honolulu in July. Onaga stated, “I would like to participate...

Ignoring governor’s order to stop work, Japanese Government continues seabed boring in Henoko

Ignoring governor’s order to stop work, Japanese Government continues seabed boring in Henoko

March 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau is continuing its boring survey as part of the plan to build a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko, Nago. On March 24, off the coast of Henoko, workers employed by the bureau were carrying out work...

USJ CEO announces a plan to build a theme park in Okinawa

USJ CEO announces a plan to build a theme park in Okinawa

March 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Glenn Gumpel, CEO of the company behind Universal Studios Japan (USJ), the US movie theme park in Osaka, held a press conference in Osaka City on March 18. Gumpel announced plans to build a theme park in Okinawa. Gumpel described the scale of the development;...

Former Himeyuri student delivers final lecture at museum

Former Himeyuri student delivers final lecture at museum

March 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Himeyuri Peace Museum is known for its unique, oral-history approach to educating people about the Battle of Okinawa. Since its opening in 1989, the museum has been giving visitors, including students on school trips, a chance to hear directly from survivors...

Okinawa Coffee Production Association aims to establish Okinawan coffee brand

Okinawa Coffee Production Association aims to establish Okinawan coffee brand

March 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Coffee Production Association consists of 21 coffee producers in Okinawa. On March 12, the association launched a general incorporated association; “Okinawan Coffee and Tropical fruits Study Society.” The association has registered the new...

Part falling from US military aircraft for sixth time in this year

Part falling from US military aircraft for sixth time in this year

March 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An air force RC-135V Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft temporarily stationed at Kadena Air Base from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska lost its fiberglass part weighing about 907 grams during flight on March 16. According to the Okinawa Defense Bureau, as of...

US Marines official dismissed for leaking video of arrest of Henoko protesters

US Marines official dismissed for leaking video of arrest of Henoko protesters

March 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two activists protesting construction of a replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Henoko were dragged onto U.S. Marine Camp Schwab by the Japanese security guards working for the U.S. military on February 22. The U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa...

3,900 people including vice governor rally against construction of new US base in Henoko

3,900 people including vice governor rally against construction of new US base in Henoko

March 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 21, at Sedake beach and on the water, civic organizations and the five ruling parties of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held a people’s rally to block the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. About 3,900 people gathered, and Vice Governor...