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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 the Akita Northern Happinets of Akita Prefecture, 103 to 89. It is the third time the Kings have won the championship.

The Kings held a press conference to announce their victory at the Okinawa...

 

“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...

Okinawa Defense Bureau to compensate Nago Fisher’s Union with 3.6 billion yen

May 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22, the Okinawa Defense Bureau signed an agreement with the Nago Fisher’s Union. The bureau will pay about 3.6 billion yen in compensation for reclaiming the sea around Henoko in Nago for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Hirofumi...

Kadena Town Assembly unanimously passes a resolution to protest against accidents involving U.S. military aircraft

Kadena Town Assembly unanimously passes a resolution to protest against accidents involving U.S. military aircraft

May 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

There have been two recent incidents involving parts of aircraft breaking off and falling away. The aircraft were an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter and an F-15 Eagle. The Kadena Town Assembly has since unanimously passed a written statement and resolution to protest...

Okinawa aiming to attract 6.9 million tourists in the 2014 fiscal year

Okinawa aiming to attract 6.9 million tourists in the 2014 fiscal year

May 21 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced a plan to attract more tourists to Okinawa in the 2014 fiscal year on May 20. The government has aimed to attract 6.9 million tourists to Okinawa. The number has increased by 4.9 percent from the number of tourists...

Summer vegetable loofa harvest starts

Summer vegetable loofa harvest starts

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Loofa or Hechima harvest has started in Okinawa. The harvest season is from the end of May to July. Mainland Japanese do not have the custom of eating loofa, but it is a popular vegetable during summer in Okinawa.

Hiroshi Tome, a fifty-two-year-old,...

ANA begins cargo flights between Okinawa and Singapore

ANA begins cargo flights between Okinawa and Singapore

May 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has started new cargo flights between Okinawa and Singapore as part of its international cargo project. The cargo flight on this route left for Singapore at 5:00 a.m. on April 14.

There will be six flights per week from Okinawa, with...

International Hula Dance competition held in Miyako Island

International Hula Dance competition held in Miyako Island

May 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

International Hula Dance competition Kagimana hula Miyakojima 2014 was held at Mateada Civic Theater and other venues in Miyako City from May 16 to 18.
The contenders performed gracefully, dancing to Hawaiian music and captivating the audience.

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Seven-Eleven to tap into markets in Okinawa

May 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The world’s largest convenience store operator Seven-Eleven, Inc. plans to tap into markets in Okinawa. The company is negotiating with Okinawan companies about affiliating, building stores, and acquiring factories.

Seven-Eleven is targeting Okinawa as...