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Symposium about unexploded ordnance held in Naha

Symposium about unexploded ordnance held in Naha

March 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Okinawa Prefectural Youth Center on March 3, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held a symposium entitled “Symposium on unexploded ordnance – Thinking about world peace from below.” Four panelists discussed the issue as it pertains to Okinawa, Cambodia and Laos and all participants agreed to promote nationwide awareness of the problem in Okinawa.

The director of JICA Okinawa International Center Toshihiro Obata said,...

 

Okinawa and Myanmar Friendship Association gives funds for an elementary school to Myanmar

Okinawa and Myanmar Friendship Association gives funds for an elementary school to Myanmar

March 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinken Ryosawa, the president of the Okinawa and Myanmar Friendship Association, presented a new elementary school to Labutta, a town located in the southwestern part of Myanmar.
Ryosawa, who was born in Myanmar, donated approximately five million yen towards...

More multilingual information boards to be set up throughout Okinawa

More multilingual information boards to be set up throughout Okinawa

March 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) will set up multilingual tourist information boards throughout Okinawa, including locations in Miyako and Yaeyama. The plan is to install a vicinity map giving tourist information...

Smoked goat meat to be promoted as a new local product

Smoked goat meat to be promoted as a new local product

February 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 17, a tasting session for smoked goat meat was held at the Tsukayama Awamori Brewery, a nationally designated cultural property in Onaka, Nago. The goat meat was cooked in a blasting range that Shigeru Ito, the principal of the Okinawa National College...

Okinawa Prefectural Government hires Yukie Yoshikawa as a senior research fellow in a new division to study Japan-U.S. security issues

Okinawa Prefectural Government hires Yukie Yoshikawa as a senior research fellow in a new division to study Japan-U.S. security issues

March 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has hired Yukie Yoshikawa as a senior research fellow in the Regional Security Policy Division (provisional name), the new division to conduct research and gather information about Japan-U.S. security issues, which will be...

Okinawan rock star closes his live music club in front of Kadena Airbase

Okinawan rock star closes his live music club in front of Kadena Airbase

March 4, 2012 Ryota Shimabukuro of the Ryukyu Shimpo

After three decades, 67 year-old Okinawan rock musician Katchan, or Katsuhiro Kawamitsu, closed his live music club “Jack Nasty” in Gate Street in Okinawa City (formerly Koza City). He was a popular vocalist in the rock group...

Hina-matsuri Party held at kindergarten in Naha

Hina-matsuri Party held at kindergarten in Naha

March 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 2, the day before the Hina-matsuri or also known as the Doll’s Festival, a tea party was held at Oroku-Minami Kindergarten in Naha to pray for children’s growth and health. Hina dolls were on display for the children while they tasted different...

New Ginowan Mayor opposes the deployment of Osprey to Futenma Air Station

New Ginowan Mayor opposes the deployment of Osprey to Futenma Air Station

March 2 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 1, the Ginowan City Council held its regular meeting for March 2012. In his policy speech, newly-elected Ginowan mayor, Atsushi Sakima, voiced his opposition to the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to the U.S....

Ryukyuan dance and Kumiodori performed in Beijing

Ryukyuan dance and <em>Kumiodori</em> performed in Beijing

February 25, 2012 Kazuki Furugen of Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, at the China Youth Center For International Exchange in Beijing, a Ryukyuan Dance and kumiodori performance entitled “Connect Beijing with Ryukyu (supported by the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper, the China Youth Center...

Former Governor Ota opens an exhibition hall on the Battle of Okinawa – “War is Ugly” is his message

Former Governor Ota opens an exhibition hall on the Battle of Okinawa -

March 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 5, former Governor of Okinawa and member of the House of Councilors Masahide Ota opened an exhibition hall of the Battle of Okinawa in the Ota Peace Research Institute in Naha. Through the years, the 86 year-old pacifist scholar and prominent politician...

IT students create a digital version of Okinawan chess

IT students create a digital version of Okinawan chess

February 29, 2012 Hiroko Sato of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Three students of the Naha branch of the Human Academy who were fascinated by chunzi, or Okinawan traditional chess, have created a digital version in which players use a touch-screen display controller. Anyone, even children, can...

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