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First charter flight from Thailand carries 245 tourists

First charter flight from Thailand carries 245 tourists

February 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 9, the first charter flight of Thai Airways International, the biggest airline company in Thailand, brought 245 Thai tourists from Bangkok to Naha. A welcome ceremony was held at the international terminal and Miss Okinawa presented the tourists with a bouquet. During their six-day trip they will visit Shuri Castle and the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

The tour is an interactive charter tour planned by Jumbo Tours in Naha and on February 9,...

 

Nago Mayor delivers lecture in Washington, D.C. criticizing Japanese government

Nago Mayor delivers lecture in Washington, D.C. criticizing Japanese government

February 9, 2012 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, who visited the United States to appeal to U.S. lawmakers to cancel the plan to relocate the Futenma Air Station to the coastal area of Henoko in Nago, delivered a lecture at East West...

Second-generation Okinawans appeal for continuation of Teachers Dispatch Program to Bolivia ― “We may lose the spirit of Uchina

Second-generation Okinawans appeal for continuation of Teachers Dispatch Program to Bolivia ― “We may lose the spirit of <em>Uchina</em>”

February 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 8, at a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, some second-generation Okinawans (ni-sei) who came to Okinawa from Colonia Okinawa, a settlement for Okinawans in Bolivia, requested that the Teacher Dispatch Program...

Yonamine digs up heart-shaped potato

Yonamine digs up heart-shaped potato

February 8, 2012 Yukiyo Zaha of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 26, a heart-shaped potato was dug up in Yoshio Yonamine’s organic farm in Kochi, Nishihara. The palm-sized potato is seven centimeters by 9.5 centimeters, and weighs 150 grams. It was great timing just before Valentine’s Day....

Looking back on the history of the reversion of Okinawa by recreating the meeting on the sea

Looking back on the history of the reversion of Okinawa by recreating the meeting on the sea

January 31, 2012 Yoshiya Hokama of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The meeting on the sea took place on April 28 in the years between 1963 and 1972. The people of Okinawa, who wished to return to Japanese sovereignty, and the people of Yoron, who had already officially returned to Japan, put fishing boats...

Kinkomokuzetsu: Column

February 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Just half a day after the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper reported the story about the Okinawa Defense Bureau official’s injudicious remark regarding the submission of the Henoko environmental impact report, national papers and news service agencies delivered the story...

Far Eastern Air Transport will begin a service between Naha and Kaohsiung ― CEO informs Governor of Okinawa

February 7, 2012 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 6, with a bilateral air transport agreement having been in place between Japan and Taiwan since November 2011, Far Eastern Air Transport plans to commence a regular charter service between Naha and Kaohsiung once or twice a week in...

Audio CD of Shinkanucha, anthem of the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival sold

Audio CD of <em>Shinkanucha</em>, anthem of the 5th Worldwide <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival sold

February 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 27, sales began in Okinawa of an audio CD of Shinkanucha (Fellowship), a song co-created by singer songwriter Kazufumi Miyazawa and the Latin rock band, DIAMANTES. Shinkanucha was the theme song of the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu...

[Editorial]
Japan-U.S. governments stick with the Henoko relocation – human rights of secondary importance?

February 9, 2012

On February 8, the Japanese and U.S. governments released a joint statement on revisions to the Realignment of U.S. Forces. The two governments agreed to put this in place ahead of the U.S. Marines’ transfer from Okinawa to Guam and separate from the current Futenma relocation...

Okinawa Prefectural Board rejects Futenma relocation plan after reviewing Henoko environmental impact report

Okinawa Prefectural Board rejects Futenma relocation plan after reviewing Henoko environmental impact report

February 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Review has completed its review of the environmental impact assessment report (EIA) on the alternative facility construction plan for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. On February 8, Kuniharu...

Booklet about Okinawan immigrants published

Booklet about Okinawan immigrants published

February 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa NGO Center, which conducted the “Let’s Study! The Worldwide Uchinanchu Project,” in which during the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival students in Okinawa learned about the history of Okinawan migrants, published CHAMPURREADO,...

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