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 ...

New AWACS unit launched in Naha

Apr 20, 2014

New AWACS unit launched in Naha

A new E-2C early warning patrol plane unit was launched Sunday at an Air Self-Defense Force base in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, to bolster surveillance amid repeated intrusions by Chinese vessels into Japanese territorial waters. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told ASDF members at a ceremony ...