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Bands perform in Henoko

Bands perform in Henoko

May 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

To revitalize Henoko in Nago, the Henoko Light Music Club, an amateur music group of local musicians gave a lively performance. On April 28, four bands played folk songs at a restaurant in Henoko, with people enjoying the music in the hope that the performance will help in some way to restore vitality to the area.
The club was established by Munetaka Kayo three years ago and since then they have given on-site live performances once a month in the community....

 

Giant crane ship lifts down a 140-meter long and 1300-ton box girder onto the Irabu-Ohashi Bridge

Giant crane ship lifts down a 140-meter long and 1300-ton box girder onto the Irabu-Ohashi Bridge

May 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 28, at Miyakojima City, bridging work commenced on the Irabu-Ohashi between Irabu Island and Miyako Island. On the Irabu Island side of the bridge, the second-largest crane ship in Japan, which is capable of lifting and installing offshore structures up to...

Ninety percent of people in Okinawa oppose Henoko relocation plan

Ninety percent of people in Okinawa oppose Henoko relocation plan

May 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 5 and 6, ahead of May 15, the 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty, the Ryukyu Shimpo and Mainichi newspapers jointly conducted a telephone opinion poll to ascertain how people in Okinawa and the main islands of Japan view the reversion...

People of Kunigami and Yoron reunited on the sea 43 years after commemorating Okinawa’s reversion to Japan

People of Kunigami and Yoron reunited on the sea 43 years after commemorating Okinawa's reversion to Japan

April 29, 2012 Ryota Nakamura of Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 28, a meeting by people of Kunigami and Yoron took place on the sea at the northern latitude of 27 degrees. This used to be where the border was after the Amami Islands were returned to Japanese sovereignty in 1953. They reenacted the...

Facebook finds missing turtle

Facebook finds missing turtle

April 30, 2012 Yugo Okita of Ryukyu Shimpo

Facebook, a social networking service, helped to solve a case in which a tortoise climbed through a fence and became lost.

The tortoise that went missing was Tobio, a female African spurred tortoise belonging to Kyuma Yasui, who works for Seasah-story,...

Children release Ryukyu-ayu fry into the Genka River

Children release Ryukyu-ayu fry into the Genka River

May 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 29, at the Genka River in Nago, about 50 pupils of Genka Elementary School released approximately 1000 fry of the Ryukyu-ayu or Plecoglossus Altivelis Ryukyuensis (sweetfish). The pupils dropped the juvenile fish into the river from the bridge from their small...

Popular Okinawa soba restaurant helps create a new pot noodle

Popular Okinawa soba restaurant helps create a new pot noodle

May 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 1, the Okinawa branch of FamilyMart launched a pot noodle called “Ryukyu soba overseen by Ishigufu.” The Okinawa soba restaurant Ishigufu and FamilyMart, Japan’s third largest convenience store chain, cooperated with Nissin Foods to develop...

A new couple celebrates a wedding in a cultural site

A new couple celebrates a wedding in a cultural site

April 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 21, a Ryukyuan style wedding was held in Furusato En, a traditional Ryukyuan house registered as a Japanese cultural property located in the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. The reception was then held at the World Heritage Site Nakagusuku Castle...

Young Okinawan rugby player selected in top New Zealand high school team

Young Okinawan rugby player selected in top New Zealand high school team

May 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo original English article and photograph by Mark Ealey

Koza High School third year student Kenichiro Kuwae (17 years-old), of Awase, Okinawa City has been selected in one of New Zealand’s top secondary school teams.

Kuwae is studying at St. Bede’s College,...

Cyclist from Okinawa to go to the Olympics

May 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 1, the Japan Cycling Federation selected 27 year-old cyclist Yukiya Arashiro (from Ishigaki City, Team Europcar) as a male road bicycle race representative in the London Olympics. He is the first representative from Okinawa to be chosen for this year’s London...

U.S. and Japanese governments possibly padding the number of Marines in Okinawa

U.S. and Japanese governments possibly padding the number of Marines in Okinawa

May 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 2, in response to a question from the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), a representative of the U.S. forces in Okinawa said that the actual number of U.S. Marines in Okinawa amounted to 15365 (the number recorded at the end of June 2011). Although the U.S....

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