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World’s oldest fishing hooks from 23,000 years ago discovered in Sakitari Cave in Okinawa

World’s oldest fishing hooks from 23,000 years ago discovered in Sakitari Cave in Okinawa

September 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The world’s oldest known fishing hooks from about 23,000 years ago were discovered at Sakitari Cave in the Valley of Gangala in Nanjo City, Okinawa. An infant’s bones from about 30,000 years ago were also found at the site. These are the second oldest human bones discovered in Japan, after bones of the Yamashita Cave People from around 36,500 years ago. Furthermore, it has become clear that people of the Paleolithic Era came to catch animals from oceans...

 

US base issues cast doubt on World Natural Heritage Site designation for Yambaru National Park woodlands

US base issues cast doubt on World Natural Heritage Site designation for Yambaru National Park woodlands

September 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The meeting of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that was held in Hawaii at the beginning of the month focused on the issue of invasive species. During the meeting the IUCN adopted a recommendation on protecting Okinawa Island against...

Plaintiffs’ groups for lawsuits over noise pollution from military bases in Japan condemn government’s attack against helipad protest in Takae

Plaintiffs' groups for lawsuits over noise pollution from military bases in Japan condemn government's attack against helipad protest in Takae

September 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Liaison Council of seven groups of plaintiffs filing lawsuits over noise pollution from military bases held its 4th general meeting on September 18 at Akisihima City Hall in Tokyo.

The council adopted a resolution to oppose military bases’...

Yambaru National Park: Wild forest area in northern Okinawa designated national park

Yambaru National Park: Wild forest area in northern Okinawa designated national park

September 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government has designated 16,300 hectares of forest covering the villages of Kunigami,

Higashi, and Ogimi in the northern part of Okinawa Prefecture as its 33rd national park. Named Yambaru National Park, its designation as a new national...

Japan wins bronze medal in Wheelchair Rugby in Rio thanks to Nakazato, Norimatsu and other players’ good showing

Japan wins bronze medal in Wheelchair Rugby in Rio thanks to Nakazato, Norimatsu and other players' good showing

September 18, Ryukyu Shimpo

Masatoshi Inafuku reports from Rio de Janeiro

On the morning of September 18, (the afternoon of the same day in Japan), the last day of competition in the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, Japan won the bronze medal with a 52-50 win to Canada in the third place...

Onaga urges LDP Secretary-General Nikai to give up new US base construction

Onaga urges LDP Secretary-General Nikai to give up new US base construction

September 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of September 14, Okinawa Governor Onaga met Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) during his visit to Okinawa, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. Onaga said, “Okinawan and Japanese governments have...

Breaking news: Okinawa loses Henoko lawsuit

Breaking news: Okinawa loses Henoko lawsuit

September 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 2 p.m. on September 16, presiding judge Toshiro Tamiya handed down a verdict in a lawsuit brought by the Japanese national government against the Okinawa prefectural government over Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga’s cancellation of a permit to reclaim land...

JSDF aircraft carry heavy equipment over prefectural road for U.S. helipad construction

JSDF aircraft carry heavy equipment over prefectural road for U.S. helipad construction

September 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

[Helipad reporting team] On September 13, shortly after 9 a.m., the Okinawa Defense Bureau began transporting heavy equipment using two Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) CH-47 helicopters. The equipment must be transported in order to construct new helicopter...

Newly launched Okinawa research society to be advised by former Prime Minister Hatoyama

Newly launched Okinawa research society to be advised by former Prime Minister Hatoyama

September 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 11, a proposed Okinawa research society of the East Asian Community (EAC) was launched at a symposium held at the University of the Ryukyus. Experts from both within and outside of Okinawa called for the society. It was established as a way to extensively...

Yilan County establishes Naha office to promote cooperation among fishermen

Yilan County establishes Naha office to promote cooperation among fishermen

September 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 6, Northeastern Taiwan’s Yilan County established an office in Kumoji, Naha City to promote cultural exchange in the fields of sightseeing and business, and among fishermen. According to a person involved in the establishment of the office, this...

War orphan stresses uniqueness of Battle of Okinawa at appeal court demanding apology and compensation from government

War orphan stresses uniqueness of Battle of Okinawa at appeal court demanding apology and compensation from government

September 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 6, at the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court, the first argument for an appeal trial in which plaintiffs are demanding an apology and compensation from the government to be granted to Battle of Okinawa war victims was held.

The government’s...