Naha Airport temporarily closed over F-15 fighter problem

Jan 30, 2017

Naha Airport temporarily closed over F-15 fighter problem

The sole runway at Naha Airport in Okinawa Prefecture was forced to close temporarily Monday after an Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter jet developed a problem in its front-landing gear, forcing at least 60 commercial flights to be canceled or diverted to other destinations. ...

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 ...

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 ...