Tag - amami-oshima



Nancy Mills in a photo that appears to have been taken on Amami Oshima
JAPAN / History
Dec 26, 2023
New Yorker recalls life on Amami island 70 years after reversion
Tracing her early childhood through photographs and letters, 74-year-old Nancy Mills wishes for Amami residents' happiness.
Japan Times
May 18, 2023
Japan close to eradicating mongoose from Amami-Oshima Island
The mongoose"s presence on Amami-Oshima led to a decline in other native species on the island, and is an example of how human interference in nature goes wrong.
Japan Times
Dec 13, 2022
Magnitude 6 earthquake jolts Amami Oshima area
A magnitude 6 earthquake, which measured 4 on the shindo (intensity) scale, was detected at a depth of 30 kilometers off the southwestern island of Amami Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Tuesday at 11:25 p.m.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 5, 2022
Japan plans to almost triple missile defense units on remote islands
The plan is expected to be included in the government's National Defense Program Guidelines, a 10-year defense buildup policy to be updated by the end of the year.
Japan Times
Oct 24, 2022
Battle to stop Kagoshima seawall highlights divide over coastal engineering
Seawalls are a fixture of Japanese coasts, but one beach on the island of Amami Oshima is fighting against the tide.
Japan Times
Apr 17, 2022
Beached whale on southern Japan island dies despite rescue efforts
Volunteer firefighters and members of a whale association attempted to save the whale but rough seas thwarted their efforts.
Japan Times
Sep 14, 2019
Of cats and rabbits: UNESCO World Heritage candidate caught in a bind over tourism drive
UNESCO designates World Heritage sites in order to preserve cultural or natural assets deemed significant to humanity. The idea is to maintain these assets for future generations, but UNESCO itself doesn't pay for maintenance. It is up to the countries where the sites are located and UNESCO will remove the certification if they’re not maintained properly.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 26, 2019
GSDF launches new bases in Kagoshima and Okinawa for defense of Japan's southwestern islands
The Ground Self-Defense Force launched new camps on Amami Oshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture and Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday, as part of its moves to enhance the defense of southwestern islands in the country.
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2019
Japan to recommend southwestern islands in Kagoshima and Okinawa for UNESCO listing again
The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a decision to again recommend a chain of southwestern islands as a candidate for UNESCO's 2020 World Heritage list, after withdrawing the initial bid on the U.N. body's advice to conduct a further review. The recommendation will be done by Feb. 1.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2018
Japan again pushes for World Heritage listing for southwestern islands
The island chain boasts extensive subtropical forests that are home to rare species such as the Amami rabbit and the Iriomote cat.
Feb 4, 2017
Seeking Nature Heritage status
In seeking to get World Nature Heritage status for areas in southern Japan, the government needs to work harder at protecting the native species and habitats.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2016
Amami Oshima resort offers unique barrier-free experience
A marine sports facility built exclusively to cater to people with disabilities is making waves as a place where wheelchair users can have the "zero gravity" experience of floating freely in the sea.
Japan Times
Sep 18, 2015
The rejuvenating power of cycad miso
Tears well up in 88-year-old Izue Hamada's eyes as she holds up a halved nari (cycad) nut for me to see.
Dec 8, 2014
Vanilla Air becomes first Japan budget carrier to sell monthly passes
Vanilla Air Inc. said Monday it will start selling monthly passes for its route linking Narita International Airport and Amami-Oshima Island in southwestern Japan, becoming the first Japanese budget airline to offer this kind of pricing.
Aug 13, 2014
GSDF to station unit on Amami-Oshima for island defense
The Defense Ministry asked local authorities on Tuesday for their cooperation in establishing a Ground Self-Defense Force unit on Amami-Oshima Island as part of efforts to boost the defense of remote islands in the region.
Japan Times
Jul 16, 2014
Reflections on the dark side of a tropical island
Naomi Kawase was once Japan's best-known female director abroad; now she is one of its most internationally prominent directors, regardless of gender.
May 20, 2014
Amami Island set to host GSDF troops
The government has begun plans to deploy a Ground Self-Defense Force unit on Amami-Oshima Island as part of efforts to boost defense of remote islands amid the territorial row with China, a government source said.
Japan Times
Aug 8, 2013
Artists use underwater show to showcase ocean's beauty
A unique underwater exhibition titled "Aquart" was held on Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture last weekend, allowing visitors to appreciate works surrounded by the coral reef.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jul 4, 2010
Amami Oshima: Take a trip to the cloud forest of the imagination
Despite the environmental mistakes of the postwar decades, the violation of a once pristine landscape, a recent trip to Amami Oshima, gave very real cause for hope. Some regions have always, it seems, been in good shape. Flying over the island's green, volcanic hills, I felt as if I were gazing down upon an eastern Camelot.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation