Jul 9, 2014

Powerful typhoon passes over Okinawa, disrupting transportation

A powerful typhoon passed over Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of all flights and ferry services in the area. Typhoon Neoguri, the season’s eighth typhoon, is now forecast to head northward over the East China Sea, approaching the main island of Kyushu ...

Neoguri roars across Okinawa

Jul 8, 2014

Neoguri roars across Okinawa

One man died, more than 500,000 people were urged to evacuate and hundreds of flights were canceled as a strong typhoon brought torrential rain and high winds to Okinawa and could bring heavy rains to Tokyo later this week. Typhoon Neoguri weakened from its ...

Jul 7, 2014

LDP's Okinawa chapter to back governor if he seeks third term

The Liberal Democratic Party’s Okinawa chapter affirmed its intention Monday to field incumbent Hirokazu Nakaima in November’s gubernatorial election in defiance of the party leadership, the chapter leader said. Nakaima, who decided last December to allow landfill work necessary for relocating U.S. Marine Corps ...

Jun 28, 2014

Nakaima might seek third term at helm of Okinawa

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said Saturday he is considering running for a third term and will make a final decision soon. Nakaima, 74, told local chiefs and assembly members who support another run in the Nov. 16 election that he was pleased to have ...

Emperor, Empress pay respects to Tsushima Maru victims in Naha

Jun 27, 2014

Emperor, Empress pay respects to Tsushima Maru victims in Naha

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday visited a cenotaph and museum in Naha, Okinawa, commemorating the 1,482 people who died when an American submarine torpedoed a Japanese passenger ship during World War II. Half the victims were school children. The Imperial couple placed ...

Kokusai Dori: Getting bitten by Okinawan Culture

Jun 21, 2014

Kokusai Dori: Getting bitten by Okinawan Culture

by Hillel Wright

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 ...