Japan Update (8)

Mickey Mouse to take part in Naha Giant Tug-of-war Fest

The 47th Naha Giant Tug-of-war Festival will be held Oct. 7. The Tokyo Disney Resort has announced that it will organize a special parade that will take place on Kokusai Street in Naha in addition to the traditional performing parade, and Mickey Mouse is taking part for the first time in two years. ...

Okinawa temperatures highest, rainfall lowest ever in August

According to the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory's updated agricultural meteorology statistics for the first half of August, the average temperature was 1.5 degrees higher than the average and the highest since the observatory started recording the statistics in 1961. The rainfall also was the ...

Eight men pretending to be police nabbed for bank fraud

Okinawa Prefectural Police Second Investigation Division and Tomigusuku Police arrested eight men, including 33-year-old Shogo Asato, a reputed member of Tominaga-gumi, a designated criminal organization. The men are suspected to have stolen five cash cards from a 70-year-old woman by posing as ...

Wall collapse kills construction worker in Kitanakagusuku

A stone wall next to a parking lot of a construction site in Adaniya, Kitanakagusuku Village collapsed Tuesday afternoon, leaving one construction worker dead and two injured. 47-year-old construction worker Yasunari Hanashiro, was buried beneath the collapsed wall and killed. Another 56-year-old ...

Yanbaru Bus introduces real time operation info system

Okinawa Polytechnic College announced Tuesday that their team of students has developed a system that allows checking the operational information of Yanbaru Express Bus' that runs between Naha, Motobu, and Nakijin in real time. The system transmits the number of passengers on the bus and informs ...

Man kills brother in Nago

Nago Police arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing his brother with a kitchen knife, Friday. Police say the man has admitted to the charge. The man is suspected to have stabbed his brother, 24-year-old Kyohei Miyagi, in the neck around 7:20 p.m. Thursday. Three Miyagi brothers ...

Elderly jaywalkers on road 330 becoming problem

People jaywalking on National Road 330 in Okinawa City, and not using the marked crosswalks has become a big problem, and it occurs increasingly. Okinawa Police Traffic Control Division has declared the road between Koza and Agena Intersections an area where accidents occur frequently!' Four traffic ...

Commuter ferry resumes trips to Daito islands

Runs of Ferry Daito,' a ship plying the route between Naha and Kita and Minami-Daito islands, have been suspended due to nearby typhoons No.5 and No.9. The ferry resumed running the route Sunday for the first time in 19 days. It carried nine containers filled with perishables like milk, eggs, and ...