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Onaga advises construction halt after endangered coral discovery at Henoko construction site

Onaga advises construction halt after endangered coral discovery at Henoko construction site

 

October 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

An endangered type of coral has been discovered at the ocean construction site of the replacement facility for Futenma Air Station in Henoko, Nago City.

On October 2 Governor of Okinawa Takeshi Onaga provided the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) with a letter of administrative guidance inviting discussion between the ODB and the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) about halting construction and taking measures to preserve this...

 

Catalonia’s leader delivers victory speech after 90% of voters vote for independence in referendum

Catalonia’s leader delivers victory speech after 90% of voters vote for independence in referendum

 

October 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Takahiro Miyagi reporting from Barcelona

 

Catalonia, the autonomous region located in northeastern Spain, voted for independence in a referendum held on October 1.

90% of voters voted in favor of becoming an...

Yomitan Village Assembly condemns vandalism of Chibichiri Gama as disrespectful to the war dead

Yomitan Village Assembly condemns vandalism of Chibichiri Gama as disrespectful to the war dead

 

September 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the afternoon of September 22, the Yomitan Village Council held a session at which they approved a special resolution by the majority (13 in favor, 5 in opposition) on an incident of vandalism at the Chibichiri Gama cave in Namihira,...

Chikako Yamashiro receives Asian Art Award as young internationally rising artist

Chikako Yamashiro receives Asian Art Award as young internationally rising artist

 

September 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Asian Art Award 2017, an award given to upcoming young global artists, was announced on September 27.

Chikako Yamashiro, art director and artist, from Naha City was given the grand prize.

 

Yamashiro...

2 Ospreys make emergency landing at Ishigaki airport, runway temporarily closed

2 Ospreys make emergency landing at Ishigaki airport, runway temporarily closed

September 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

At around 2 p.m. on September 29, two MV-22 Osprey aircraft belonging to the U.S. military’s Futenma air base made an emergency landing at Ishigaki Airport.

According to the Okinawa Defense Bureau, the cockpit indicator in one of the two...

The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry expects to commercialize first-ever mineral extraction from the Okinawan seafloor

 

September 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) announced September 26 that for the first time ever, a large quantity of minerals, including valuable resources such as gold, were successfully extracted from an...

All-time monthly record of more than one million tourists visited Okinawa this August

All-time monthly record of more than one million tourists visited Okinawa this August

 

September 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 21 the Okinawa Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports announced that the number of tourists who came to Okinawa in August increased by 8.2 percent (or 75,600 people) from August last year to 1,002,500 people this year.

This...

War remains recovery volunteer touts importance of keeping Battle of Okinawa lessons alive

War remains recovery volunteer touts importance of keeping Battle of Okinawa lessons alive

 

September 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 24, representative Takamatsu Gushiken of the Gamafuya, a volunteer group dedicated to the recovery of Battle of Okinawa remains, held a lecture at Asato Catholic Church in Asato, Naha City. About 60 people attended the...

Ex-Pro soccer player José Edmílson visits Okinawa to teach Brazilian soccer

Ex-Pro soccer player José Edmílson visits Okinawa to teach Brazilian soccer

 

September 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Retired Pro soccer player José Edmílson Gomes de Moraes, who represented the Brazilian national team at the FIFA World Cup hosted by Japan and South Korea in 2002, landed at Naha Airport the evening of September 20, to teach at...

2016 demographics: Okinawa birthrate remains highest in Japan for 43 years straight, but natural growth rate lowest since reversion

 

September 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 21, the Okinawa Prefectural Department of Public Health and...

Harvard University to give lectures at OIST starting next January

Harvard University to give lectures at OIST starting next January

 

September 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 19, Global Education Harvard Medical School Executive Director Robin J.

Wheatley and nonprofit corporation Okinawa Asia Clinical Investigation Synergy (OACIS) Vice President Kenji Murata met with Governor Takeshi...