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Famous Habu-Hunter’s indictment for unlicensed snake keeping dismissed after proper documentation provided

Famous Habu-Hunter’s indictment for unlicensed snake keeping dismissed after proper documentation provided

March 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yasuhiro Makishi (60), the famous habu hunter who has been catching habu (a viper native to Okinawa) in the mountains of the northern part of Okinawa’s main island for around 30 years, had his arrest dismissed by the Tokyo District Court on March 10. Makishi had been arrested on March 1st in Mihara, Nago, along with a Tokyo business partner for charges of keeping animals without permission. The charges stemmed from an investigation that began in December...

 

US military generates largest amount of garbage yet: 2.6 tons, a 11% increase and 1.8 times that generated by Okinawans

March 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In fiscal 2015, 26,332 tons of ordinary waste was generated on U.S. bases in Okinawa, a 11.4% increase year on year. This was the first time that the amount of generated garbage exceeded 26,000 tons since fiscal 2010, and the largest amount of garbage generated...

Medoruma’s In the Woods of Memory to be first Okinawan novel published as stand-alone English book

Medoruma’s In the Woods of Memory to be first Okinawan novel published as stand-alone English book

March 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 13 Akutagawa Prize-winning novelist Shun Medoruma’s full-length novel Me no Oku no Mori (Kage Shobo Publishing, 2009) will be published as an English paperback version of the book titled In the Woods of Memory. This is the first time a piece of Okinawan...

Long-term detainee Okinawa peace activist Yamashiro released on bail

Long-term detainee Okinawa peace activist Yamashiro released on bail

March 18, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Okinawa Peace Movement Center Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro, 64, had been detained for approximately five months for his protest activities regarding the new base construction in Henoko of Nago and the U.S. military Northern Training Area helipad construction....

Physically challenged Ishikawa enters Okinawa International University for her new dreams

Physically challenged Ishikawa enters Okinawa International University for her new dreams

March 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

An eighteen-year old senior student of Awase special-needs school, Marika Ishikawa, passed the entrance exam for the Department of British and American Language and Culture, College of Global and Regional Culture at the Okinawa International University. Ishikawa...

Tetsuya Komuro collaborates with Ryukyu performing arts, saying Okinawa has good materials

Tetsuya Komuro collaborates with Ryukyu performing arts, saying Okinawa has good materials

March 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A talk and live event was held by musician and producer Tetsuya Komuro, Computer Graphics artist and professor of the University of Tokyo Graduate School, Yoichiro Kawaguchi, electronic music producer Hideki Matsutake and Okinawa traditional performing artists...

Civic groups submit largest appeal yet against Henoko construction with 1.21 million signatures

March 9, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Civic group representatives submit signatures to opposition party Diet members on March 9 at the House of Representatives 1st Diet Members’ Building.

As of March 9, an appeal titled “Nationwide United Signatures Calling for Respect for the Okinawan People’s...

Nago BOE requests cultural property survey to be conducted on Henoko sea area

Nago BOE requests cultural property survey to be conducted on Henoko sea area

March 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Kazuki Furugen

On March 7, the Nago City Board of Education (BOE) requested the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) to conduct a cultural property survey for the sea area of Ora Bay. This must be done before reclaiming the area from the sea. The U.S. military Futenma...

Tires drop from US military chopper over Okinawa sky

March 9 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In a helipad commonly called a “Falcon”, located at Camp Hansen in the vicinity of the Shirohara district of Ginoza Village on March 8, the U.S.Marines Corps in Okinawa resumed for the first time in about three months chopper flight training that involves suspending...

People related to Oshiro in former Ozato Village gather for first time in half century

People related to Oshiro in former Ozato Village gather for first time in half century

March 6, 2017 Celso Akihde Shiroma, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 12, at the house of Tetsunori Futenma in Kotia near Sao Paulo, Brazil, people related to Oshiro of the former Ozato Village (now Nanjo City) gathered for the first time in half a century. The gathering was the result...

ODB begins work to set up silt protectors on Oura Bay

ODB begins work to set up silt protectors on Oura Bay

March 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 10, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) began work to set up silt protectors in the temporarily restricted area on Oura Bay, Henoko, Nago, to mitigate the impact of construction of a new airfield, which is part of a replacement facility for the U.S. Futenma...