Typhoon Goni batters Okinawa, heads for Kyushu

Aug 24, 2015

Typhoon Goni batters Okinawa, heads for Kyushu

Typhoon Goni, which battered Okinawa and was over the East China Sea on Monday, was poised to make a landfall on Kyushu on Tuesday morning, prompting the Meteorological Agency to warn of violent winds and high waves. The weather agency also alerted residents in ...

Yamato survivor, 87, recalls doomed mission

Aug 20, 2015

Yamato survivor, 87, recalls doomed mission

Yasuo Yasugi was a 17-year-old seaman aboard the Imperial Japanese Navy’s proud battleship Yamato when it was sunk off Kagoshima Prefecture on April 7, 1945. When Yasugi was ordered in January of that year to board the battleship, a mission that he had longed ...

Aug 19, 2015

Okinawa assembly protests U.S. Army helicopter crash

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday protesting against the recent crash of a U.S. military helicopter near the prefecture. The resolution said the accident makes light of Okinawan people and is absolutely unacceptable. It called for a halt to flights of ...

Aug 14, 2015

Okinawa hiatus must be productive

While work for the Futenma base replacement in Okinawa is suspended for a month, the Abe administration should not use the occasion as a mere political gesture and instead should listen sincerely to what Gov. Takeshi Onaga has to say.

Aug 14, 2015

Japanese, U.S. universities decode octopus genome

A team of researchers from a Japanese university and two U.S. universities have sequenced and analyzed the genome of an octopus species, according to their article on Thursday’s edition of the British journal Nature. The three universities are Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology ...

Three family members drown in high waves off Okinawa beach

Aug 11, 2015

Three family members drown in high waves off Okinawa beach

High waves and strong tides following the passage of a typhoon pulled four family members who were visiting Irabu Island in Okinawa Prefecture away from the shore and three of them drowned. The accident happened Monday while they were snorkeling near Toguchi-no-Hama Beach in ...