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American cruise ship to bring wealthy visitors from China to Okinawa

American cruise ship to bring wealthy visitors from China to Okinawa

February 15, 2017 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A cruise ship called “Sliver Shadow” (about 28,000 tons, 382 passengers) from American luxurious cruise company, Silversea Cruises, will dock at Okinawa ten times in May and April. The ship has previously called at Okinawa departing from Europe, but it will be the first time it has arrived from China. According to the Okinawa Tourism and Convention Bureau (OCVB), the tour fee for this ship is about ten times higher than the usual casual...

 

Karate Kaikan due to open next month

Karate Kaikan due to open next month

February 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports in Okinawa announced the schedule of events for the opening of Okinawa Karate Kaikan on February 16. The kaikan will be open on March 4 in Tomigusuku City. There will be an inauguration ceremony and symposium on...

Six Okinawa diet members issue statement demanding immediate release of peace activist Yamashiro

Six Okinawa diet members issue statement demanding immediate release of peace activist Yamashiro

February 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference held on February 18 at Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, six diet members from Okinawa constituencies released a statement demanding the immediate release of Hiroji Yamashiro, director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center. Yamashiro...

Editorial: Taking of Ryukyuan bones for anthropology must be investigated and their return debated

February 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Our ancestors’ bones were taken from the tombs where they slept, and have remained unreturned for more than 75 years. This is unacceptable even if they were allegedly taken for research purposes.

It has been discovered that bones of at least 26 people...

Removed during the early Showa Era, 26 Ryukyuan skeletons found at Kyoto University

Removed during the early Showa Era, 26 Ryukyuan skeletons found at Kyoto University

February 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Miyagi 

At least 26 sets of human skeletons, which had been removed from the Mumujana Grave in Unten of Nakijin Village by anthropological researchers during the early Showa Era, were found at Kyoto University. The skeletons had been preserved...

Obstructing Henoko base construction becomes pillar of Onaga administration’s 2017 objectives

February 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a regular meeting of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly on February 15, Governor Takeshi Onaga announced his administration’s 2017 objectives. He addressed the plan to construct a replacement facility for Futenma Air Station in Henoko, asserting that his administration...

China – Fujian Normal University wins second straight Eisa Championship

China – Fujian Normal University wins second straight Eisa Championship

February 13, 2017, Ryota Kotani , Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo.

Fujian Normal University along with three other Chinese universities competed in the 2nd annual Eisa Championship Tournament, held December 4, 2016 at Fujian Museum Plaza in Fuzhou, Fujian. The competition was hosted by Okinawa...

Nationwide liaison council opposing Henoko soil hauling calls for measures against invasive species

Nationwide liaison council opposing Henoko soil hauling calls for measures against invasive species

February 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirteen members of Opposition to Henoko Soil Hauling, a nationwide liaison council comprised of local organizations to the soil collection sites for Henoko land reclamation, including co-representative of the council Sahio Otsu (from Amami City, Kagoshima Prefecture),...

Editorial: Claim at U.S.-Japan summit meeting that “Henoko is the only solution” is unacceptable

February 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the summit meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump, the two confirmed that they will proceed with the construction of a new base in conjunction with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago on the...

Community missing Takae junior high school closing after 68 years

Community missing Takae junior high school closing after 68 years

February 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Takae Junior High School in Higashi village held a closing ceremony to farewell the community after 68 years on February 4. Approximately 150 people including current students, alumni, and local residents gathered for the closing of the school. The Takae Junior...

Okinawa records largest number of foreign workers

February 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 9, the Okinawa Labor Bureau announced the number of foreign workers in Okinawa Prefecture was 5,971 people at the end of October 2016. Since the reporting of the employment of foreigners became mandatory in 2007, 1,279 businesses have reported their...