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28,000 people surround National Diet Building in protest of building new base at Henoko

28,000 people surround National Diet Building in protest of building new base at Henoko

February 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of February 21, according to the organizers , 28,000 people gathered and made a human chain encircling the National Diet Building to protest construction of a replacement facility for Futenma Air Station in Henoko, Nago. Participants wore blue to symbolize the ocean at Henoko and shouted slogans such as, “Don’t build the base, cease landfill work,” and “Don’t destroy Henoko’s ocean,” as they linked hands and surrounded the...

 

14,000 couples with resort weddings bring huge economic effects to Okinawa in 2015

February 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 18, the Okinawa Prefecture Culture, Tourism and Sports Division announced 14,175 couples had Okinawa resort weddings in 2015, a rise of 17.5 percent for the same period last year and the highest number ever. Among the weddings, the number of couples...

161 college students from outside of Okinawa engaged in collecting remains of war dead

161 college students from outside of Okinawa engaged in collecting remains of war dead

February 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 18, 161 college students belonging to a non-profit organization, International Volunteer University Student Association (IVUSA), collected remains from the Battle of Okinawa in the Kuniyoshi district of Itoman. Skulls and thigh bones that seemed to...

In court ruling, Okinawan first foreign victim acknowledged in Taiwan’s February 28 Incident

February 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In 1947, the Kuomintang administration in Taiwan massacred civilians in what is known as the February 28 Incident. One of the victims of this incident was the father of 72-year-old Keishou Aoyama of Urasoe City, who was a Japanese fisherman in Taiwan at the...

Deaths from Kadena Air Base aircraft noise estimated at 4 people annually

February 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 18 at Naha District Court, the oral proceedings of the third Kadena noise pollution lawsuit took place, presided over by Judge Tetuya Fujikura. Professor of environmental health at Hokkaido University Toshihito Matsui, called to the stand as an expert...

Okinawan children excited for snow from Hokkaido

Okinawan children excited for snow from Hokkaido

February 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Parents at the Tabaru Aiji Preschool in Tabaru, Naha City, held a snow-play party for the children on February 6. Three-hundred children and their parents attended the event to play with white snow sent from Hokkaido.

The event was held by the parents’...

Newborn baby kangaroo in Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Newborn baby kangaroo in Okinawa Zoo and Museum

February 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Giant Kangaroo, or Macropus giganteus, Miyuki gave birth to her fourth baby in the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. The newborn baby kangaroo has frequently been showing its face from its mother’s pouch. On January 31, the breeding staff of the zoo...

Chatan protests against foreign aircrafts flying to Kadena Air Base

Chatan protests against foreign aircrafts flying to Kadena Air Base

February 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of February 16, the Chatan Town Council held a special meeting to discuss the constant influx of foreign aircrafts flying to the Kadena Air Base. Members unanimously passed a resolution of protest and statement against this issue. The statement...

Okinawa Prefectural Government to form new division to promote karate

Okinawa Prefectural Government to form new division to promote karate

February 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefectural Government is setting up a new division within the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports in order to promote karate and kobudo. It is due to start in April.

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga clearly stated on February 12 that he would...

Onaga Administration’s 2016 objectives include not allowing construction of new bases

Onaga Administration’s 2016 objectives include not allowing construction of new bases

February 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a regular meeting of the Prefectural Assembly on February 16, Governor Takeshi Onaga presented his administration’s 2016 objectives. He also spoke about the Henoko landfill permit authorized by the previous administration, saying that he withdrew the landfill...

Online travel companies actively promote Okinawa as a travel destination

February 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

One after another, major international online travel companies are promoting Okinawa as a travel destination. Booking.com (based in the Netherlands) and Expedia (based in the US), have both established regional offices in Okinawa. Japanese domestic integrated...