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2013-01-21 23:01:34

Japan's tropical region Okinawa has been a popular tropical getaway, and now receiving more cultural interest from international travelers. Okinawa, Japan (PRWEB) January 21, 2013 Japan´s tropical island, Okinawa, is so cultural and natural that you never imagine. Formally a separate Kingdom of Ryukyu sovereign the band of remote tropical islands in southwest of Japan, its location created the utmost wellness culture entangled with the elegant Japanese hospitality. There has been a...

2008-08-17 18:00:37

A panel is to probe whether the 1972 reversion of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty from the United States was carried out fairly, a lawyer says. The investigation next month comes amid suspicion that there was a secret deal, the Kyodo news agency reported Sunday. A 1971 document declassified by the U.S. government is believed to show Japan secretly shouldered $4 million in costs the United States was supposed to pay to restore Okinawa's land to its original state. "The government must...

2006-08-18 07:39:55

TOKYO (Reuters) - Burgers and booze have bloated waistlines so much in Japan's southern island of Okinawa that authorities in the capital have launched a slimming competition. Girths are growing across Japan as lifestyles and diets have become more Westernized: according to a Health Ministry report earlier this year, some 29 percent of men aged 20-60 are overweight compared with 24 percent in 2000. But the problem is at its worst in the far-flung island of Okinawa, said a spokeswoman...

2006-05-29 22:36:43

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Tuesday approved a final plan to tighten bilateral security ties and reorganise U.S. troops in the country, part of Washington's global strategy to make its forces more flexible in the face of modern threats. Approval of the plan paves the way for streamlining the approximately 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan and giving Tokyo a bigger role in the key alliance, the pillar of its postwar diplomacy. The plan faced numerous hurdles,...

2006-04-24 00:47:30

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States have reached an agreement on the touchy issue of funding the relocation of U.S. Marines to Guam, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said on Monday. The deal paves the way for wrapping up a plan to reorganize the approximately 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan, part of Washington's global strategy to make its forces more flexible to meet modern threats. The two governments had sought to reach a deal on how to...

2006-04-24 00:08:55

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States have reached an agreement on the touchy issue of funding the relocation of U.S. Marines to Guam, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said on Monday. The agreement paves the way for wrapping up a plan to realign the approximately 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan, part of Washington's global strategy to make its forces more flexible to meet modern threats. The two governments had sought to reach a deal on how to pay for the...

2006-04-10 21:08:32

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will likely offer to pay nearly 70 percent of the estimated $10 billion cost of moving 8,000 U.S. Marines off its southern island of Okinawa, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday, ahead of U.S.-Japan talks aimed at wrapping up a sweeping plan to reorganize U.S. troops in Japan. Japanese officials, though, denied their offer had been firmed up and said clinching a final deal might take more time. The Nihon Keizai financial daily said Tokyo was now likely...

2006-04-08 01:37:48

TOKYO (Reuters) - The governor of Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Saturday rejected a compromise plan to relocate a US Marine base, raising a fresh hurdle to wrapping up an overall deal on reorganizing US military forces in Japan. Okinawa governor Keiichi Inamine said he had told Defense Minister Fukushiro Nukaga he would not accept the government's proposal to relocate the US Marines' Futenma air base on the subtropical island, about 1,600 km (1,000 miles) south of Tokyo. "In...

2006-04-06 14:27:23

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Japan wrapped up two days of meetings without concluding a deal on a sweeping reorganization of 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan and dividing the cost of moving 8,000 Marines to Guam, the Pentagon said on Thursday. "The implementation agreements were not finalized," said Lt. Col. Brian Maka, a Pentagon spokesman. Maka said the talks ended on Wednesday and more talks will take place in the future, but the time and place had not...


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2009-03-27 17:40:34

The Okinawa Rail (Gallirallus okinawae) is a species of bird in the rail family Rallidae. It is endemic to Okinawa Island in Japan. It is found only in Yambaru, the northern part of Okinawa Island in the Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan. Its range is only 160 square miles. It is found from sea-level to the highest mountains at about 1630 feet above sea-level. Some birds may move lower in elevation and a little further south in the winter. Its habitat is evergreen broad-leaved forest, marshes,...

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