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Walking Study Tour on the Battle of Okinawa From the Haebaru Army Hospital Cave to Itokazu Cave

Walking Study Tour on the Battle of Okinawa From the Haebaru Army Hospital Cave to Itokazu Cave

May 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Peace-Walk to learn from the Battle of Okinawa” was held on May 1, starting from the Haebaru Imperial Japanese Army Hospital Cave, Haebaru Town, and finishing at the Itokazu Cave Abuchira-gama in Nanjo City. This was the second time that such a Walk has been held this year. Some sixty participants, aged from elementary school children to people in their 70s, took as long as three hours to walk the distance of about nine kilometers in light rain. On the Walk...

 

Ventriloquist encourages students at his alma mater

Ventriloquist encourages students at his alma mater

May 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Well-known ventriloquist Ikkokudo, whose real name is Ikkoku Tamaki, recently visited his old school, Chatan High School, in Chatan Town. In his speech to the students he advised that, “It is important for you to take small steps towards your goals in life.”...

Defense Minister Kitazawa meets Governor to emphasize the policy to relocate the Futenma facilities to Henoko

Defense Minister Kitazawa meets Governor to emphasize the policy to relocate the Futenma facilities to Henoko

May 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, Minister of Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa met with the Okinawan Prefectural Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Prefectural Government Offices. Kitazawa stated, “While we are mindful of your feelings and your political position as the Governor of Okinawa,...

Okinawan words expressing “Good luck” on cards

Okinawan words expressing “Good luck” on cards

May 7, 2011 by Ryota Shimabukuro, Ryukyu Shimpo

Aiming to make people happy in their daily lives, Takeo Medoruma, founder of RYUKYUKOKU MATSURI DAIKO (Ryukyu Kingdom Festival Drums), an international dance and drum performance organization that specializes in an exciting blend of traditional...

Himeyuri screened in Germany: 180 people view the documentary in Japanese school

Himeyuri screened in Germany: 180 people view the documentary in Japanese school

May 7, 2011 by Kumiko Hokama, a correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Himeyuri (2007), a full-length documentary, which ASIA Documentary Productions and the Himeyuri Alumnae Incorporated Foundation collaborated on to produce, was screened at Japanese International School Dusseldorf (principal:...

Japanese bureaucrat advises U.S. officials that they should not “compromise” on the Futenma relocation plan

Japanese bureaucrat advises U.S. officials that they should not “compromise” on the Futenma relocation plan

WikiLeaks discloses U.S. official telegrams
May 5, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

According to U.S. official telegrams disclosed by WikiLeaks, while the DPJ administration was seeking the relocation outside of Okinawa Prefecture of the U.S. Marine Corps now based at Futenma, a staff member...

U.S. government itself is a “master of manipulation and extortion”

May 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to the cable disclosed by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which revealed that the U.S. and Japanese governments inflated the projected cost of the planned relocation of Marines from Okinawa to Guam and the number of personnel the move involved, peace...

Naha Harii dragon boat race starts under rainy skies

Naha Harii dragon boat race starts under rainy skies

May 4, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The 37th Naha Harii, a three-day dragon boat event, began on March 3 at Naha New Port wharf. On the first day, races were held in various sections including junior high school, PTA and adults. The timing of the competitors’ paddle work was perfectly synchronized...

Growing goya as a “Green-Curtain” – a shield against the summer heat Nerima Ward distributes seeds to residents

May 4, 2011 Tokyo

The Nerima Ward Office in Tokyo is encouraging people to grow goya, a bitter-tasting gourd that is a traditional summer vegetable in Okinawa, against walls or in windows in their homes as a form of protection against the summer heat. Helping to block out the sun and to lower...

Three new hybrid orchids registered with the Royal Horticultural Society

Three new hybrid orchids registered with the Royal Horticultural Society

May 1, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Students of the Okinawa Chubu Agricultural High School (Uruma City, Okinawa, principal: Mitsuo Gushiken) have created new hybrid orchids by crossing different wild varieties. These new orchids were registered with the Royal Horticultural Society in England, which...

Fight for human rights in Okinawa

Fight for human rights in Okinawa

May 3, 2011 by Eriko Tamaki, Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Human Rights Association, formed for the protection of human rights for people in Okinawa under the U.S. military administration, and for education about and encouragement of awareness of civil liberties, marked the 50th anniversary of...

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