Naha starts system to certify same-sex marriages

Jul 8, 2016

Naha starts system to certify same-sex marriages

The city of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture launched a system of certifying same-sex marriages Friday, becoming the fifth municipality in the nation to introduce such a system. Couples of the same registered sex aged 20 or older residing in Naha will be eligible to ...

Jun 3, 2016

Naha yacht bust bags 600 kg drug haul worth ¥42 billion

About 600 kg of illegal stimulant drugs with a street value of some ¥42 billion ($387 million) have been confiscated from a yacht moored at Naha port in Okinawa, investigative sources said Thursday. The amount is believed to be the largest ever for stimulants ...

Sound waves: the music of Okinawa

May 9, 2015

Sound waves: the music of Okinawa

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How is it possible that a people who have experienced poverty, famine and discrimination, outlasted efforts at cultural annihilation and suffered the indignities of occupation can manage to celebrate life in song and dance with a passion and joy that belies everyday reality? Music ...

Kokusai Dori: Getting bitten by Okinawan Culture

Jun 21, 2014

Kokusai Dori: Getting bitten by Okinawan Culture

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Kokusai Dori is the name of a 2 km stretch of shops, hotels, bars and restaurants which cuts through the heart of downtown Naha, the largest city in Okinawa. The street’s name in English is International Road, supposedly named after the Ernie Pyle’s now-closed ...