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Carpenters and others in traditional attire perform a ritual in Naha on Monday to mark the completion of the framework of Shuri Castle's main hall.
May 27, 2024
Ceremony held for restoration of Shuri Castle in Okinawa
Carpenters and others dressed in traditional attire performed a ritual to mark the installation of the ridge beam on the roof.
Artist Mitsuo Miyagi talks about the plan to make a giant shiisā statue in Okinawa Prefecture using damaged tiles from the fire-ravaged Shuri Castle.
May 2, 2024
10-meter lion statue to be built in Okinawa with burned Shuri Castle tiles
The project aims to foster remembrance of the castle, which suffered significant damage in a fire in October 2019, using the prefecture's mythical symbol.
The planned return to Japan of a U.S. military port in Naha has been delayed to at least the late 2030s.
Feb 11, 2024
Relocation of Naha military port remains a long way off
The facility sits on land near downtown Naha and Naha Airport, and is drawing attention as a promising development site.
Cinema at Sea film festival entry “God Is a Woman,” directed by Andres Peyrot, examines the complex feelings the Kuna, indigenous people living on Panama’s San Blas Islands, have about an unreleased documentary made about them in 1975.
Dec 9, 2023
Cinema at Sea festival highlights diversity and unheard voices
The inaugural event for the film festival in Naha, Okinawa, boasted a strong lineup of features from places and peoples underrepresented in world cinema.
Kyoko Yafuso and her son Keiju Togei pose in front of their store in the Sunrise Naha shopping street.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Sep 4, 2023
Tired Naha shopping arcade evolves into city’s best dining spot
Until about 10 years ago, the central shopping arcade around the Heiwa-dori street in Naha was deserted, with most stores closed and few visitors.
Japan Times
Oct 31, 2022
Fire drill conducted on third anniversary of Shuri Castle blaze in Okinawa
A ceremony for the start of the castle's reconstruction will be held Thursday, with the work scheduled to end in 2026.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 24, 2022
LDP-backed candidate wins Okinawa mayoral race
Former Naha Vice Mayor Satoru Chinen, supported by the LDP-Komeito pair, garnered over 64,000 votes, against some 54,000 votes collected by the other candidate, Takeharu Onaga.
Japan Times
May 15, 2021
Okinawa marks 49th anniversary of reversion as pandemic limits base protests
A protest march was canceled this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while the number of people joining a rally in front of the U.S. Marine Corps' Camp Foster was also restricted.
Japan Times
May 3, 2021
Fire-hit Shuri Castle re-created in miniature form at theme park
A 2019 fire destroyed a large portion of the compound including the main buildings.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 24, 2021
Top court says free land offer for Confucian temple was unconstitutional
The case, in Okinawa, is the third case in which the Supreme Court found a violation of the Constitution that bans religious organizations from receiving privileges from the state.
Japan Times
Jun 11, 2020
Parts of Okinawa's Shuri Castle to reopen to public after fire
Visitors will be able to see restoration work ongoing in other parts of the castle complex from an observation deck behind the Seiden main hall.
Japan Times
Mar 27, 2020
Japan government aims to restore Okinawa's gutted Shuri Castle by 2026
The government on Friday decided it would aim to restore the gutted Shuri Castle in Okinawa by 2026, with full-fledged reconstruction to begin in 2022.
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2020
Volunteers pitch in to help restore gutted Shuri Castle in Okinawa
Volunteers joined in Monday to help with the reconstruction of the historic Shuri Castle, an Okinawa landmark destroyed by fire last year, cleaning the distinctive red roof tiles that are to be used in the restoration.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 5, 2020
Naha goes on high alert, days after visit by virus-hit cruise ship
A Naha official said the municipal government was trying to verify whether any passengers who left the Diamond Princess had spread the virus while it was docked in the city.
Japan Times
Jan 31, 2020
Fire at Okinawa's Shuri Castle barely damaged original ruins
The agency told UNESCO that damage to the ruins of the original Shuri Castle accounts for only 0.05 percent of the area covered by the World Heritage sites.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 6, 2020
Nippon Ishin lawmaker Mikio Shimoji admits taking money in casino scandal
The Lower House member says he may resign from his political party.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2019
Japan to boost protection of cultural properties after Okinawa and Paris blazes
The culture agency decided on a five-year plan to enhance the protection of cultural properties against fire, following a blaze that destroyed Okinawa's Shuri Castle.
Japan Times
Dec 3, 2019
Japan to launch panel to draw up restoration plans for Okinawa's Shuri Castle
The government plans to advance reconstruction efforts for fire-damaged Shuri Castle in Okinawa Prefecture by establishing a council of experts who were involved in the restoration of the castle in 1992.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Nov 22, 2019
Shuri Castle fire threatens Okinawa's tourism and traditional crafts industries
A predawn fire that destroyed much of Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, has shocked the local tourism industry and associations of traditional Ryukyu Kingdom crafts, raising alarm about the loss of the historic attraction and potential harm to the prefecture's ability to promote its culture.
Japan Times
Nov 7, 2019
Okinawa government to launch panel on restoring gutted Shuri Castle
A week after a fire gutted the historic Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Gov. Denny Tamaki said Thursday that the local government will set up a panel of experts from various fields and a task force dedicated to drafting a restoration plan by 2022.


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