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Protest rally against Japan’s participation in TPP talks

Protest rally against Japan’s participation in TPP talks

April 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 20, the “Protest rally against Japan’s participation in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP) was held at Tedako Hall in Urasoe in order to protect food, agriculture and people’s livelihoods in Okinawa.

According to the organizers, the Okinawa branch of the Food, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Forum, 1000 protesters participated in the rally, including people involved in agriculture, forestry...

 

“We hope to let people know about the Okinawa reversion movement,” ― Hentona High School Students make a film

April 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The broadcasting club of Okinawa Prefectural Hentona High School has been making a film about the Okinawa movement to revert to Japanese sovereignty. Masataka Nozato and Mikiko Sakugawa, who are second-year students and members of the club, came to know about the...

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium finds a new species Galathea Chura

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium finds a new species Galathea Chura

April 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 17, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium announced that the unfamiliar galatheoidea (a superfamily of decapod crustaceans comprising some squat lobsters and porcelain crabs) that they found is a new species of galathea, or squat lobster. The staff member of the...

Dancer I-VAN takes part in the World Reggae Dance Championship for the fourth consecutive year

Dancer I-VAN takes part in the World Reggae Dance Championship for the fourth consecutive year

April 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-seven year-old reggae dancer I-VAN, who is originally from Ginowan but currently lives in Jamaica, will take part in the World Reggae Dance Championship held in Jamaica this April, for the fourth time in a row. Although I-VAN missed out on winning a prize...

Photo collection of Kouri and Warumi bridges released

Photo collection of Kouri and Warumi bridges released

April 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eighty-three year-old Zenryo Iha released a photo collection entitled, “Kouri Bridge, the road to my hometown,” which chronicles the construction of the Kouri and Warumi bridges. The book features 80 photographs taken by Iha and 15 essays written by the children...

Former politicians and teachers gather at Cape Hedo to discuss the reversion movement

Former politicians and teachers gather at Cape Hedo to discuss the reversion movement

April 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 15, a discussion group consisting of former politicians and teachers involved in the reversion movement carried out their annual clean-up and repainting of the movement monument at Cape Hedo. Afterwards a meeting was held to discuss the fact that 40 years...

Karate museum proves popular

Karate museum proves popular

April 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-five years have passed since Tetsuhiro Hokama, president of the Okinawa Gojuryu Kenshi Kai Karatedo Kobudo Association, opened a private karate museum in Nishihara. The museum exhibits more than 400 items related to Okinawan karate. Hokama diligently collected...

Wheat harvest season on Iejima

Wheat harvest season on Iejima

April 13, 2012 Correspondent Yukito Kinjo of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Now is the wheat harvest season on Ie Island, the only place where wheat is grown in Okinawa. The season started from the end of March, and goes through until the beginning of May. Waves of golden wheat sway in the wind under the...

Three high school graduates from Shiga visit to see their host family in Izena again

Three high school graduates from Shiga visit to see their host family in Izena again

April 16, 2012 Kyoko Agarie Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Attracted by the nature and people of Izena, three young women from Shiga Prefecture, Chigusa Akata, Kaho Isobe, and Miki Kojima, who had come to the island on a school trip when they were in their second year of high school, visited...

Ukrainian Balokhin wins the Miyakojima triathlon for the first time

Ukrainian Balokhin wins the Miyakojima triathlon for the first time

April 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 15, the 28th All Japan Triath about us lon Miyakojima (co-hosted...

Town tour guide project starts in Nago

Town tour guide project starts in Nago

April 10, 2012 Correspondent Yoshikatsu Miyagi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

From April to October, 2012, the Nago Tourism Association and the Japan Travel Bureau (JTB) Okinawa will run a town tour guide project in Nago in the north of Okinawa. On April 3, the first four tourists on this project, parents...

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