Archive for February, 2012

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Nine baseball teams start spring training camps in Okinawa

February 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 1, professional baseball spring training camps started in Okinawa and Miyazaki prefectures. Twelve baseball teams train throughout the month, aiming to improve prepare for games on March 30, the day that both the Central League and the Pacific League commence.

In Okinawa, nine teams began their training. The Chunichi Dragons which aims its third consecutive victory in the leagues (Chatan), a new baseball team the Yokohama DeNA Baystars (Ginowan),...

 

Marine Corps plans to deploy Osprey aircraft to several U.S. military facilities in Okinawa

February 1, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 31 the Marines Corps revealed that in addition to Futenma Air Station, they plan to operate MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft in the U.S. Central Training Area, which includes Camp Hansen and Camp Schwab, the Northern Training...

Naha Port Authority will start pilot program of exports to Taiwan

January 31, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Continuing on from the pilot program shipping less-than-container load cargos to Hong Kong that has been running since November, the Naha Port Authority will start such exports to Taiwan from February. There is no direct route from Naha to Taiwan, but some local...

[Editorial]
New realignment plan for moving U.S. Marine to Guam will not be tolerated – the situation must not go from bad to worse

February 5, 2012

The governments of Japan and the United States have commenced consultation on the proposed revised plan in which the U.S. Department of Defense has suggested distributing some of the approximately 8000 U.S. Marines who were originally down to move from Okinawa to Guam to locations...

Prefectural government establishes a new division to conduct independent research on the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty and to build a Japan – U.S. professional network

January 31, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 30, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) revealed an outline of a new division designed to gather information and carry out research on security issues from April. The OPG is planning to commission specialists in Japan and the United States to...

Piano’s peaceful melodies heard in the former battlefield

Piano’s peaceful melodies heard in the former battlefield

January 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 29, a concert using a piano that was damaged by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima was held at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman. Michihiko Ota, who lives mainly in Okinawa and the Kanto region, and several other musicians performed....

Renewed attention to traffic safety ― Mamoru-kun and Maruko-chan are registered as special residents

Renewed attention to traffic safety ― Mamoru-kun and Maruko-chan are registered as special residents

January 29, 2012

On January 27, at Miyakojima and Tarama, the policeman-style figurine Miyakojima Mamoru-kun who always bears up well in all weather conditions and acts as a lookout for society, and his sister Maruko-chan were registered as special residents of Miyakojima.

A ceremony...

At Kitanakagusuku a green carpet of arsa seaweed expands ahead of the upcoming harvest season

At Kitanakagusuku a green carpet of <em>arsa</em> seaweed expands ahead of the upcoming harvest season

January 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Misaki in Kitanakagusuku, arsa or hitoegusa (Monostroma nitidum Wittrock) seaweed is extending its beautiful green carpet to the beach where seaweed farms are located. In February, it will be the full harvest season for the seaweed, now not...

Practical research group to establish Shimakutouba immersion school

Practical research group to establish <em>Shimakutouba</em> immersion school

January 29, 2012 Yuki Nakasone of the Ryukyu Shimpo 

A practical research group plans to establish a Shimakutouba or Uchinaguchi immersion school at which children learn Okinawan culture and history through Shimakutouba. The members of the group aim to open the...

Democratic Congressman Barney Frank to tell the U.S. President his views on the significance of the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa

January 26, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

In the afternoon on January 24, veteran Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, who is an influential politician within the U.S. government, met with members of the “Making Okinawan Voices Heard in America”...

Flags and banners to welcome professional baseball training camps

Flags and banners to welcome professional baseball training camps

January 25, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 24, a welcome ceremony for professional baseball spring training camps in Okinawa was held in the plaza in front of the Prefectural Government Office in Naha. Organized by the Okinawan Prefectural Government, the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau...

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