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Rainy season ends one week earlier than usual in Okinawa

Rainy season ends one week earlier than usual in Okinawa

June 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 16, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced the rainy season had ended in Okinawa. The rainy season usually ends around June 23. This year it ended one week earlier than usual and earlier than last year, when the rainy season ended on June 8. This year’s rainy season started in Okinawa on May 16, seven days later than usual. The season lasted for 31 days.

According to the observatory, it rained heavily this season. At five out of eight...

 

65,000 people in rally mourn and demand withdrawal of Marines from Okinawa

65,000 people in rally  mourn and demand withdrawal of Marines from Okinawa

June 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

At 2 p.m. on June 19 at Naha’s Ounoyama Athletic Park, a rally was held to protest in the wake of the rape and murder of a woman by a U.S. military contractor. The official title of the rally was, “Denounce the cruel act of brutality by a former...

Nishimura wins Itoman Hare on Yukkanuhi

Nishimura wins Itoman Hare on Yukkanuhi

June 8, 2016 Ryuykyu Shimpo

On June 8, which was May 4 in the Lunar Calendar, the Itoman Hare boat race was held at Itoman Harbor Central Area in Itoman City to usher in the fishing season with prayers for a safe voyage and a big catch. At Nashiro of Itoman City and Ou Island in Nanjo City,...

Praying for life-saving cave and peace at Shiohira Gongen Festival

Praying for life-saving cave and peace at Shiohira Gongen Festival

June 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony to give thanks for the natural cave that saved more than 500 evacuees during the Battle of Okinawa was held on June 9. The ceremony, Shiohira Gongen Festival, took place in front of the cave known as “Shiohira Gongen cave” located in between Shiohira...

Yomitan sets up executive committee for rally against suspected slaying of Okinawan woman by ex-US marine

Yomitan sets up executive committee for rally against suspected slaying of Okinawan woman by ex-US marine

June 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Following the recent arrest of a U.S. military employee on suspicion of murdering a woman, a protest rally will be held at Onoyama Athletic Park in Naha on June 19. More than 20 organizations in Yomitan Village set up an executive committee, in which all the villagers...

VFP’s members announce statement: “We feel shame and deep regret,” on US military violence against women in Okinawa

VFP's members announce statement:

June 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Veterans For Peace (VFP)’s members, including Douglas Lummis, Daniel Broudy and Ann Wright released a statement regarding the May, 2016 crime committed against an Okinawan Woman allegedly by a former U.S. Marine in Uruma City, at a press conference held at the...

Protest gathering to body-dumping incident calls for withdrawal of all US bases from Okinawa

Protest gathering to body-dumping incident calls for withdrawal of all US bases from Okinawa

June 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

‘No More US Military Bases in Okinawa,’ a gathering of mourning and protest to the incident of a base employee dumping the dead body of a young Okinawan woman, and to address structural violence of the U.S.
military in Okinawa, took place on June 8 in Furujima,...

Long-standing resort in Okinawa turns to Sheraton after 24 Years

Long-standing resort in Okinawa turns to Sheraton after 24 Years

June 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sunmarina Hotel, a long-established resort hotel in Fuchaku, Onna Village, re-opened as globally known hotel brand “Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina” on June 1. There will be 46 new rooms and a Wellness Center equipped with an indoor pool opening in the property later...

Trapped sea turtle saved on Tonaki Island beach

Trapped sea turtle saved on Tonaki Island beach

June 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Nana Sasahara

On May 30, at Yubukuhama beach on Tonaki Island, a local resident found a green sea turtle unable to move in the sand and notified the village office.

The turtle was 130 cm in length. It seemed that the turtle was trapped in a hole, which...

US military contractor re-arrested on suspicion of murder and rape

June 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Regarding the discovery of a woman’s body in the central part of Okinawa Island, on the afternoon of June 9, the Okinawa prefectural police re-arrested former U.S. Marine and current U.S. military employee Kenneth Franklin Shinzato (formerly Gadson),...

Editorial: Ruling parties successful in prefectural assembly election, popular opposition to Henoko relocation made clear once again

June 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The will of the people has been made clear once again. It is unacceptable for the Japanese government to continue to ignore and trample upon the Okinawan people’s will.

Okinawa’s twelfth prefectural assembly election drew nationwide attention, with people...