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U.S. military continues to use former aircraft parking apron, violating SACO agreement

June 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In January this year, the U.S. Navy’s former aircraft parking apron of Kadena Air Base was relocated in accordance with the 1996 Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) agreement to reduce noise in neighboring residential areas. However, on June 1, a representative from Kadena Air Base expressed that the base will continue to utilize the former parking apron in Kadena Town, Okinawa during an interview with Ryukyu Shimpo. The representative’s understanding...

 

Kumejima’s Kumesen’s new awamori “Karate” to go on sale next month

Kumejima’s Kumesen’s new awamori “Karate” to go on sale next month

May 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The awamori brewery Kumejima’s Kumesen (CEO: Masaya Shimabukuro) announced the release of their new Ryukyu Awamori “Karate,” at the Okinawa Karate Hall in Tomigusuku on May 26. The label has the kanji for “Karate,” and is decorated with things such as a...

Dockworkers’ unions request companies refuse soil hauling work for Henoko base construction

May 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ikue Nakaima

On May 29 the National Federation of Dockworkers’ Unions of Japan, comprised of 22,773 members from around the country and chaired by Kinichiro Itotani, submitted a written request to the Japan Harbor Transportation Association (JHTA) that...

Group created to record Isamu Kuniyoshi’s knowledge of remains collection for future generations

Group created to record Isamu Kuniyoshi’s knowledge of remains collection for future generations

May 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Efforts began on May 29 to pass down to future generations the experience and knowledge of Isamu Kuniyoshi,78, who worked for over 60 years collecting the remains and belongings of victims of the battle of Okinawa as a volunteer, before retiring in March of last year....

Taiwanese premature baby born in Okinawa returns home thanks to support

Taiwanese premature baby born in Okinawa returns home thanks to support

May 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A twenty-year-old Taiwanese mother who delivered a baby in the seventh month of pregnancy while travelling in Okinawa flew from Naha Airport to Taiwan with her baby at 9 p.m. on May 24. The newborn had gained 1600 grams, making him twice his March 30 birth weight,...

Henoko embankment work has continued for a month

Henoko embankment work has continued for a month

May 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

May 25th marked one month since the commencement of embankment work in Henoko, the first stage of land reclamation for Futenma Air Station’s replacement facility. The Ryukyu Shimpo photographed the construction area from the sky with a small wireless helicopter...

2,000 people hold rally, vowing to block construction of new US base in front of Camp Schwab gate in Henoko

2,000 people hold rally, vowing to block construction of new US base in front of Camp Schwab gate in Henoko

May 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, the All Okinawa Council held a rally seeking to stop the K9 seawall construction and never allow the environment to be destroyed. The council aims to block the construction of the new U.S. base in Henoko,...

Former No. 1 golfer Ai Miyazato retires, saying she can longer maintain her motivation

May 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference held on May 29 at a hotel in Tokyo, former Rolex world No. 1 pro golf player Ai Miyazato, 31, announced she is retiring because her motivation “cannot be maintained”.

She revealed that she decided to retire last summer. “I...

Kanehide Group Chairman Goya: 70 years after founding, group aims to expand overseas, make 20% of directors women

Kanehide Group Chairman Goya: 70 years after founding, group aims to expand overseas, make 20% of directors women

May 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 24, the Ryukyu Shimpo interviewed Kanehide Group Chairman Morimasa Goya, who said the group is ready to embark on more multifaceted and diversified business ventures, including expanding overseas. Kanehide Group marks the 70th anniversary of its founding on...

Multilingual support for foreign tourists increases 9% to 7,145 cases according to 2016 contact center report

Multilingual support for foreign tourists increases 9% to 7,145 cases according to 2016 contact center report

May 25, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) released their 2016 report for the Multilingual Contact Center, which handles foreign visitors. The number of support cases for 2016 increased 8.7% from the previous year to 7,145. A large number of requests...

Okinawa is the “treasure trove” for discovering prehistoric human remains

May 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Human remains from the Old Stone Age or Japan’s Paleolithic era, which is more than 16,000 years ago, have been found at 10 different ruins within Okinawa. In Japan, there are more than 10,000 ruins from the Old Stone Age. Despite that, discovering human remains...