Archive for April, 2012

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Yoshimoto Kogyo suggests establishing a base for entertainment in Okinawa

April 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yoshimoto Kogyo, a well known Japanese entertainment company has suggested to the Japanese government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) that land previously occupied by U.S. bases should be used to promote Okinawa to the world as a creative hub for the entertainment industry. The company plans to enhance the environment for the creation of content such as games and animation and to attract creators from both home and abroad. It also hopes to establish...

 

Spring gifts to disaster areas - first-pick tea to be sent from Oku in Kunigami

Spring gifts to disaster areas - first-pick tea to be sent from Oku in Kunigami

April 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, at Oku in Kunigami, tea picking and bagging was held for a project to present the first-picked tea, the earliest tea picking in Japan, to areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake as spring gifts. The Fan Club of the Local Community-based Cooperative...

151 photographs of Okinawa soon after World War II

151 photographs of Okinawa soon after World War II

April 9, 2012 Tomoya Kohatsu of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 8, the Ryukyu America Historical Research Society acquired 151 photographs of scenes in Okinawa during the period from directly after World War II to the 1960s. The collection includes photographs of people and scenery all over Okinawa...

High-level of noise from Futenma Marine Corps Air Station causes learning problems in the classrooms

April 2, 2012 Tomoko Oharu of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A survey carried out by the University of the Ryukyus indicates that the noise from the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma exceeded 100 decibels in the classrooms of the Second Futenma Elementary School, which is located next to the air base, Ginowan...

Illusion Land Yabiji appears until today

Illusion Land Yabiji appears until today

April 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 7, a sightseeing tour began to put people on to the Yabiji coral reef during the spring tide in the sea north of Ikema Island, Miyako. Guided by two water carrier companies from Miyako, about 500 tourists enjoyed exploring Yabiji. These tours will run...

Memorial service held in Chibichiri Gama marks 67 years since the Battle of Okinawa

Memorial service held in <em>Chibichiri Gama</em> marks 67 years since the Battle of Okinawa

April 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

An incident of group suicide (shudan jiketsu), in which the Japanese military ordered or compelled 83 civilians to commit suicide occurred at Chibichiri Gama (a natural cave) in Namihira, Yomitan Village on April 2, 1945 soon after the U.S. forces...

Naha Municipal Office commences Uchinaguchi greeting campaign

Naha Municipal Office commences <em>Uchinaguchi</em> greeting campaign

March 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 28, Naha Mayor Onaga announced that the city’s Uchinaguchi greeting campaign will commence from next month. Office staff members welcome citizens visiting the municipal office in Uchinaguchi. Mayor Onaga said, “Uchinaguchi...

Hirokawa to operate facilities on Kumejima for 100 children from Fukushima

Hirokawa to operate facilities on Kumejima for 100 children from Fukushima

March 31, 2012 Yoko Morinaga, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A project called Okinawa Hope 21 that aims to accept children from Fukushima into a recreation center in Kumejima is about to commence. On March 30, a press conference to announce the project was held at Yamashiro, Kumejima on...

Japanese government sticks to Henoko relocation plan

March 31, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

After Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima submitted a written statement of opinion on the environmental impact assessment report (EIA) on the plan to construct an alternative facility for the relocation of Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago, and demanded the relocation...

Okinawan exports increase 43 times

Okinawan exports increase 43 times

March 23, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the airfreight container project instituted by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), which is designed to expand the market for Okinawan products, the volume of products carried by air in the 2011 fiscal year increased about 43 times on a monthly average...

Tourist information system in four languages – digital panels installed in Ishigaki

Tourist information system in four languages - digital panels installed in Ishigaki

March 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 15, digital information panels are now fully operational at three locations in Ishigaki – Ishigaki Airport Terminal, a municipal market and the Remote Island Terminal. The digital panels were set up with funding from the Okinawa Prefectural Government...

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