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Defense Minister says that he possesses no data on the flight distance capabilities of the Osprey on autorotation in an emergency

July 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 17, Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto commented that he had no accurate data on the flight distance capability of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft using autorotation to avoid dangerous situations in an emergency. This comment indicates that the Ministry of Defense has not received such important information on the safety of the Osprey aircraft prior to the MV-22 squadron’s deployment to Okinawa.

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Collector acquires tickets and commuter passes of a street-car that operated in Okinawa in the prewar period

Collector acquires tickets and commuter passes of a street-car that operated in Okinawa in the prewar period

July 22, 2012 Taichi Hirayasu of Ryukyu Shimpo

Chatan resident Shigeo Teruya, a self-employed worker who collects Okinawan valuable paper materials, acquired tickets and commuter passes of the street-car that operated in Okinawa for about 20 years from 1914. Referring to the fact that the street-car...

Hundred-year tree-planting campaign started to make sanshin out of locally grown Kuroki

Hundred-year tree-planting campaign started to make <em>sanshin</em> out of locally grown <em>Kuroki</em>

July 16, 2012 Wakako Oshiro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Kuroki (kuruchi or Ryukyu kokutan) is an essential material for making the famous Okinawan musical instrument, the sanshin. To change the current situation that most kuroki are imported, “Kuruchi...

New brand Kariyushi Style for ladies

New brand <em>Kariyushi</em> Style for ladies

July 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13 at the Ryubo Department Store in Naha, the Prefectural Clothing and Garment Manufacturing Industrial Cooperative released three styles of women’s clothing under the new brand “Kariyushi Style” and held a small sale. The Cooperative also...

Large catch of suku on Ojima

Large catch of <em>suku</em> on Ojima

July 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 19, which is June 1 in the old lunar calendar, at Ojima in Nanjo, baby rabbitfish, called suku, were caught. Fishermen managed a good catch with about 360 kilograms being hauled in this day. Suku are about three to four centimeters long...

Executive committee established to organize protest rally against Osprey deployment

July 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 18, in the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly building, an executive committee was established to organize a protest rally against the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to MCAS Futenma. The committee plans to hold the...

Okinawa Prefectural Government produces new Okinawan mangoes

Okinawa Prefectural Government produces new Okinawan mangoes

July 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 12, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department (AFFD) of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced two new varieties of Okinawan mango called natsukobeni and tilala. They are the first mangoes to be brought from the United...

Fireworks in Summer Festival at Ocean Expo Park

Fireworks in Summer Festival at Ocean Expo Park

July 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 14, the Summer Festival 2012 was held at the Ocean Expo Park in Motobu. About 48300 people enjoyed an exciting fireworks show.

The highlight of the event was the Niagara in which the fireworks ran about 300 meters along a wire suspended in the air....

Tokyo University students teach on a summer intensive course on Iheya Island

Tokyo University students teach on a summer intensive course on Iheya Island

July 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From August 11 to 18, Iheya Village is scheduled to hold a summer intensive course entitled “Tokyo University Cram School on Iheya,” in which University of Tokyo students are invited to teach junior high school students on Iheya Island. The project aims...

First resort facility in Japan for children from Fukushima opens in Kumejima

First resort facility in Japan for children from Fukushima opens in Kumejima

July 10, 2012 Yoko Morinaga, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 8, at the Kumejima Gushikawa Farmer’s Environment Improvement Center, an opening ceremony was held for the Okinawa Kumi no Sato, the first resort facility in Japan to receive children from Fukushima who experienced the...

In 2007 three U.S. military officers suggested that the Osprey is not the most appropriate aircraft for the Marine Corps

In 2007 three U.S. military officers suggested that the Osprey is not the most appropriate aircraft for the Marine Corps

July 15, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Objections have arisen within the U.S. military with regard to the introduction of MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft. In 2007, officers enrolled at the Naval Postgraduate School in California...

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